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.

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Even with beds added, Colorado Springs homeless shelters full to overflowing during storm

By: jakob rodgers

The odds that Mike Breshears could sleep inside Monday night hinged on a lottery drawing for one of 60 beds at the Springs Rescue Mission.

"It's usually pretty close," Breshears said.

Across Colorado...

Colorado Springs Health Foundation to grant $8 million to boost regional health


After spending years in financial limbo, the foundation created under Memorial Hospital's voter-approved lease finally plans to start writing checks.

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation expects to grant...

Judge denies accused murderer Marcus Allen Smith's request to represent himself in court

By: jakob rodgers

Marcus Allen Smith may be mentally competent to stand trial, but a man who wants to "pimp the court" can't represent himself, a judge ruled Friday.

Smith's demands to fire his third defense team in four...

Memorial Hospital's chief medical officer Patrick Faricy caps off long career

By: jakob rodgers

He steered clear of the family car business and decided against becoming a priest - all in favor of a doctor's coat and a bow tie.

Now, he's put a bow on his career.

On Friday, Dr. Patrick Faricy...

Last chance for Coloradans to buy 2016 health insurance, avoid penalty is Sunday

By: jakob rodgers

Most Coloradans without health insurance only have two days to avoid a hefty penalty next tax season.

People without government or employer-based health insurance have until midnight Sunday to purchase a...

No charges filed over million gallons of missing water in El Paso County

By: jakob rodgers

No criminal charges will be filed after millions of gallons of water went missing in Calhan, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

The announcement brings an end to a months-long...

Colorado Supreme Court orders judge to explain why Robert Dear's arrest records remain sealed


El Paso County's top judge has 20 days to explain why he has kept the accused Planned Parenthood shooter's arrest affidavit and other court records sealed, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.


United Way initiative to 'change the narrative around homelessness' kicks off with survey

By: jakob rodgers

Homeless off and on since 1981, Wayne Malone prefers a certain kind of campsite.

"Wherever these people don't find us," said Malone, 44, gesturing to two nearby police officers.

On Monday, those...