Author:

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.

Prosecutor Donna Billek arrives for the competency hearing for Robert Dear, Jr., Thursday, April 28, 2016, in the El Paso Country Judicial Building in Colorado Springs. Dear faces 179 counts, including murder and attempted murder, in the Planned Parenthood attack Nov. 27, 2015. (AP Pool, The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Planned Parenthood
A shadow from a chain link fence falls across the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains sign in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Dr. Erik Wallace, Associate Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Colorado Springs Branch, leads a discussion on professionalism in the workplace with a group of students at the Lane Center on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. University of Colorado School of Medicine students begin their third year of medical school in Colorado Springs and are the first students to train in the city. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.
Police Lt. Catherine Buckley explains 4 citations issued Saturday. Photo by Billie Stanton Anleu, The Gazette.
Sondra Plunk, left, and Eric Ashby discuss medical marijuana on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, April 20, 2016, while protesting proposed limits on the number of marijuana plants Colorado Springs residents can grow. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
homeless shelter
Tears stream down Barbara Berry's face as she leaves the Winter Warming Shelter on Monday morning, April 18, 2016. She thought it was going to be their last night in the shelter, because it was set to close on Monday morning. Because of a forecasted storm, the shelter was kept open one more night. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Colorado Springs VA clinic
The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to offer its patients same-day care at each of its medical centers by year's end, including the VA Outpatient Clinic at 3141 Centennial Blvd. in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A woman, who neighbors identified as the homeowner, reacts after seeing a pickup that flew into the side of a home on South Hancock Avenue near East Rio Grande Street Wednesday, March 30, 2016. One person inside the home was injured and transported to a hospital. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)