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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.

Joe Tustin tries on winter gloves at the Veterans Stand Down in the Colorado Springs City Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The stand-down gives homeless vets access to services as well as getting them necessary items to make it through the winter. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Colorado Special Session
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 file photo, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper speaks during the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss ways to stabilize health insurance markets​, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hickenlooper has called state lawmakers back to work to restore the ability of Denver’s Regional Transportation District and other so-called special districts to collect standard state sales tax on recreational marijuana. That ability was inadvertently removed when legislators eliminated a 2.9 percent general state sales tax on pot in a law that took effect July 1. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
ice fest
FILE - A homeless man gathers together his belongings to move from a homeless camp on Monday, February 13, 2017. The area is beneath the MLK Bypass on and off ramps on I-25. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
David Lake (left) and William Lake (Photos via CSPD)
Camper set up their beds outside during the Night Out to End Youth Homeless Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs. Forty people slept outside the church to raise money for the Urban Peak. Visit www.urbanpeak.org to donate to the teenage homeless shelter.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Camper set up their beds outside during the Night Out to End Youth Homeless Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs. Forty people slept outside the church to raise money for the Urban Peak. Visit www.urbanpeak.org to donate to the teenage homeless shelter. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
Memorial Hospital Central Saturday, January 28, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
shelter
Dinner is served at the Salvation Army's Shelter on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Hepatitis San Diego
In this Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 photo, a worker tapes signage telling people to get vaccinated to protect themselves against Hepatitis A, onto sinks installed at the Neil Good Day Center on 17th Street downtown in San Diego, Calif. (Eduardo Contreras/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
A 50-unit affordable housing project catering to homeless veterans is being planned for the Cimarron Hills area. (Photo courtesy of Pikes Peak United Way/Facebook)