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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.

Needle Exchange
According to the findings of a recent Community Health Partnership report, greater education— along with the creation of a long-sought needle exchange program—are the most cost-effective means to combat that epidemic .2017 AP file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
daycare
Colorado state lawmakers are expected to decide next week whether to pump additional money into a cash-strapped child care program. Gazette file photo by Jerilee Bennett.
Austin Eubanks (Courtesy of Speakers for Change)
DACA RALLY
A group of students lead the larger crowd that turned out and showed up in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) at Acacia Park and ended their rally at the office of Cory Gardner on Tuesday September 5, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
The El Paso County Department of Human Services has begun processing EBT cards at its Fountain satellite office. (Photo courtesy of El Paso County/Twitter)
Michael Smart and Eleah Benton of Colorado Springs place flowers on a memorial outside the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, for deputy Micah Flick who was killed when an investigation of a motor vehicle theft turned into a deadly shooting Monday outside a Colorado Springs apartment complex. Three other law enforcement officers were shot. The suspect was killed and one citizen injured. Smart and Benton didn't know the 34-year-old deputy but wanted to pay their respects. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Deputy death
Dep. Micah Flick, 34, with the El Paso County Sheriff's Dept. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was killed in the line of duty on Monday, February 5, 2018. Hundreds lined the streets for a procession from UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central to the El Paso County Coroners' Office. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Farasha Brown, WIC educator, left, interacts with smiling 7-month-old Makyle Lee as he is held by Geneva Montoya as his mom Jasmyne Coward, right, watches on at the new WIC (Women, Infants and Children) center that celebrated its grand opening Thursday February 2, 2018 in Colorado Springs. It's meant to serve southeast Colorado Springs -- an area significantly impacted by the county's decision to move those services to the extreme northwest corner of Colorado Springs several years ago. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Sixty-nine people sought prescriptions to end their lives last year under Colorado's new aid-in-dying law, and 50 of them reportedly picked up the lethal drugs from a pharmacist. (istock)