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.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JUNE 8: A water tower overlooks the community of Security in the foreground of Pike's Peak on June 8, 2016. A invisible toxic chemical has been discovered in the drinking water that affects 70,000 people in the communities south of Colorado Springs. (Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post)
Artist's drawing of the Sports Medicine and Performance Center. Image from www.cityforchampions.com.
Best fall hikes
The Crags
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Colorado Gov. John HIckenlooper speaks about his cabinet member and friend, Tom Clements. The public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, March 25, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Colorado Gov. John HIckenlooper speaks about his cabinet member and friend, Tom Clements. The public memorial for the chief executive of the Department of Corrections was held at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Monday, March 25, 2013. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Health Overhaul Colorado
FILE - In this March 31, 2015, file photo, walk-in clients wait for their names to be called to sign up for insurance at Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange in Denver. Prices may climb significantly in 2017 - some as high as 35 or 41 percent - across the state's individual market. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
Thunderbirds Jet Crash
Crew inside a military helicopter examine the site where a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird crashed following a flyover performance at a commencement for Air Force Academy cadets, south of Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday, June 2, 2016. The pilot ejected safely from the jet. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
A discarded cigarette ignited a fire early Tuesday morning that damaged a Colorado Springs nonprofit's day center for homeless families. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@CSFDPIO)
Father Bill Krause surveys Tommy Hughes while he was standing in land for lunch at the Marian House Soup Kitchen. A Point In Time Study of both sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness was conducted at the soup kitchen during the lunch hour on Monday, January 27, 2014. The study will help to determine federal funding for the soup kitchen. The Marian House has been feeding those in need since 1985 and is operated by Catholic Charities. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A crowd gathers outside the Marion House Soup Kitchen in this Gazette file photo. Nonprofit leaders expect to create two homeless campuses in coming years - each serving a different demographic under a partnership announced Tuesday between Catholic Charities of Central Colorado and the Springs Rescue Mission. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)