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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.

Charlotte McClanahan of Colorado Springs and other protesters raise their voice against the Senate Republican health care plan outside the office of Republican Sen. Cory Gardner 'Thursday, June 22, 2017 in downtown Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A wide view of Cedar Heights shows where the CSFD fire mitigation crews have cleared brush and trees to help protect the area against the threat of future wildfires in the area. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.
WALDO CANYON FIRE
A passerby photographs The Waldo Canyon Fire from Centennial Blvd Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Corrections Director Killed
While Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper stopped short of endorsing the legal marijuana industry, he said he is as close as he has ever been to calling it a success. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)
Cindy Aubrey was named Pikes Peak United Way's CEO on Thursday. Photo courtesy Pikes Peak United Way.
An Excavator breaks up old pieces of concrete next to the new northbound onramp along Fountain Creek Tuesday, April 11, 2017, as the Interstate 25/Cimarron interchange project continues in Colorado Springs. The $113 million freeway project is slated to be finished this fall.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
An Excavator breaks up old pieces of concrete next to the new northbound onramp along Fountain Creek Tuesday, April 11, 2017, as the Interstate 25/Cimarron interchange project continues in Colorado Springs. The $113 million freeway project is slated to be finished this fall. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
MARIJUANA GROW
Medical marijuana plants grow at Rocky Mountain Miracles Friday, April 4, 2014. (Gazette file photo)
The 36 police officers from the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy take their oaths of office Friday, April 14, 2017, during the graduation ceremony at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church for the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The 36 police officers from the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy take their oaths of office Friday, April 14, 2017, during the graduation ceremony at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church for the 66th police class at the Colorado Springs Police Department Training Academy. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
STORMWATER PROJECT
FILE - Mayor John Suthers is pictured at the construction site for the water quality pond at Woodmen Road and Sand Creek, which is the first project funded as part of $19 million a year the City has committed to spend on stormwater, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. (The Gazette file photo)
Filling up a glass with drinking water from kitchen tap