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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.

The apartments - for which land has already been purchased - aim to help address a critical affordable housing shortage in El Paso County. (Artist rendering)
Trump Inauguration
President Donald Trump, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, signs his first executive order on health care, Friday, Jan, 20, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
MLK
After an "All People's Breakfast" on Monday morning, many attendees marched from Colorado College to downtown Colorado Springs for a rally in honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 16, 2017. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
Radical King
FILE - In this May 17, 1967 file photo, Dr. Martin Luther King speaks at the University of California administration building in Berkeley, Calif. Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. asked Americans, "Where do we go from here?" His warning of chaos or community squarely confronted racism, and marked a shift from his emphasis on nonviolence to a demand for full economic and political equality. Younger generations of black activists say they prefer the pointed, more forceful King to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning pacifist who preached love over hate. (AP Photo, File)
City officials are working on an ordinance to ban people from sitting or lying on sidewalks, planters or anywhere else not specifically designed to be sat upon downtown and in Old Colorado City. Outside the 711 convenience store, is a popular place for congregation at Tejon St. and E. Pikes Peak Ave. A group gathers and hangs out on the planters on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
City officials are working on an ordinance to ban people from sitting or lying on sidewalks, planters or anywhere else not specifically designed to be sat upon downtown and in Old Colorado City. Outside the 711 convenience store, is a popular place for congregation at Tejon St. and E. Pikes Peak Ave. A group gathers and hangs out on the planters on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Fieldhouse Brewing Company is the latest Colorado Springs Breweries to distribute its brew in six-packs. Owner Travis Fields shows off a couple of his beers that are among those being distributed. Photo by Mark Reis
Vietnam Vet Dean Byrne uses his hacksaw to try to remove branches from the massive tree that upended his World War II German Kubelwagen in his front yard on Main Street in Security, Colorado, on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was trying to remove a few branches to be able to get his truck out from his garage. The Pikes Peak region was plagued with very destructive winds. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
FLASH MOB
Members of the Untertones, a Notre Dame a cappella group, performed a “flash mob” Friday, January 6, 2017 for patrons of Pikes Peak Library District’s Library 21C. The group was also scheduled to perform Friday night in the library’s Venue. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette