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Jakob Rodgers

Nonprofit and health reporter

Jakob Rodgers joined The Gazette in April 2010, affording him the chance to work for his hometown newspaper. He spent time on the crime and military beats before reporting on the public safety net -- a wide-ranging beat encompassing social services, public health and nonprofit organizations.

Loft from which homeless woman was thrown.
Plywood and a mattress remained Wednesday, May 18, 2016 fastened under the Cimarron bridge over Conejos Street south of downtown. A homeless woman was thrown from the "loft" and repeatedly raped for days at the spot where she landed, unable to escape because her legs were paralyzed, Colorado Springs police say. Photo by Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette
Darin Taylor hugs Kathy Baker Wednesday, May 18, 2016, under the Tejon Street bridge after she was reminded of the 2015 assault that left her husband, Terry Cagle, with a servere brain injury, leading to them becoming homeless. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Harmony Wall, 2, holds a picture of her and her father, Stefan Wall, before he died in February from a heroin overdose at the age of 22. Harmony now lives with her grandmother, Suzanne Wall Vils in Woodland Park.  Her mother, Melody Wall, is fighting the same addiction and is in jail.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Harmony Wall holds a picture of her and her father, Stefan Wall, before he died in February from a heroin overdose at the age of 22. Her mother, Melody Wall, is fighting the same addiction and is in jail. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
homeless shelter
Darin Taylor and Theresa Graham organize their belongings across the street from the Winter Warming Shelter on Monday on April 18. El Paso County's homeless population in January grew by 229 people from last year. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Public defenders Dan King and Rosalie Roy (right to left), lawyers for accused Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear, leave the courtroom after a hearing where Dear was found incompetent to stand trial. Robert Lewis Dear Jr., 58, will be sent to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo to be treated for a delusional disorder - one revolving around his fears of an FBI conspiracy, Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez ruled Wednesday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
planned parenthood shooting
Public defender Dan King arrives for the competency hearing for Robert Dear, Jr., Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in the El Paso Country Judicial Building in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dear is charged with murder in the Planned Parenthood attack Nov. 27, 2015. (AP Pool, The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Father Bill Krause surveys Tommy Hughes while he was standing in land for lunch at the Marian House Soup Kitchen. A Point In Time Study of both sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness was conducted at the soup kitchen during the lunch hour on Monday, January 27, 2014. The study will help to determine federal funding for the soup kitchen. The Marian House has been feeding those in need since 1985 and is operated by Catholic Charities. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A crowd gathers outside the Marion House Soup Kitchen in this Gazette file photo. Nonprofit leaders expect to create two homeless campuses in coming years - each serving a different demographic under a partnership announced Tuesday between Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and the Springs Rescue Mission. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - December 09: Robert Dear Jr. talks directly to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance December 09, 2015 where El Paso County prosecutors filed formal charges against him in the Planned Parenthood attack during which University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre  Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, mother of two were killed on November 27, 2015. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - December 09: Robert Dear Jr. talks directly to Judge Gilbert Martinez during a court appearance December 09, 2015 where El Paso County prosecutors filed formal charges against him in the Planned Parenthood attack during which University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, mother of two were killed on November 27, 2015. Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post
Dr. Renee Lockey, right, goes over a patient's fetal heart rate monitor printout with University of Colorado medical students, Andrew Sprowell, left and Eric Webster at a nurses station on the labor and delivery floor at Memorial Hospital Thursday, May 5, 2016. The students are from the University of Colorado's School of Medecine's branch campus in Colorado Springs. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette