Jason Axelrod

Content Producer,
American City & County

Jason Axelrod is an award-winning journalist who has written and reported for The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and Mother Nature Network, among other news outlets. Jason holds a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from The University of Georgia. 


Anchorage fortifies its computer systems as hackers attack neighboring municipalities
A potent cyber attack is spreading through local Alaskan governments, but the state’s biggest municipality is determined not to fall victim to it.
Local governments create ‘safe exchange zones’ for online transactions, child custody exchanges
Police and sheriff’s departments across the country are setting up safe exchange zones, where online transactions and child custody exchanges can occur under video surveillance to ensure the safety of all parties involved.
Who are you?
When done right, branding a city will net it far more than just a flashy new logo.
Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to pass domestic workers’ bill of rights
Domestic workers — nannies, gardeners, house cleaners, cooks, housekeepers, etc. — will now enjoy more rights and protections in Seattle.
Philadelphia updates sexual harassment policies following searing audit
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order that drastically alters his city’s sexual harassment policies on the same day an explosive audit on the city’s sexual misconduct was released.
The 10 cities where populations are swelling the most
24/7 Wall St. examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program and came up with the 50 American metropolitan areas that saw the highest increases in population between 2010 and 2017. We've included the top 10 here, along with relevant U.S. Census data. Is your city located in the metropolitan areas listed here?
Government-run citizens’ academies educate people on local public affairs
Citizen engagement is an ever-present challenge in local government, but programs across the country are bringing citizens closer to government by educating them on its inner workings.
Despite protests, three New Jersey counties sign, continue lucrative deals for housing detained immigrants in county jails
The housing of detained immigrants in county jails for the Trump Administration has become a cash cow for three New Jersey counties. But decisions to renew contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been met with backlash.
Indiana city's controversial online overdose map modified following numerous complaints
Sharing information with the public is an important function of any government. But sometimes, that information may be too personal to share. Such was the case when Bloomington, Ind.. officials began tracking opioid overdose deaths online through a map that pinpoints the addresses of overdose victims within city limits
The 25 U.S. cities where populations are declining most
Financial news site 24/7 Wall St. examined data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program and came up with the 50 American metropolitan areas from which the most people are moving away. We've included the top 25 here, alongside relevant U.S. Census data. Is your city on the list?
Police step up presence at media outlets following Maryland newspaper shooting
Police departments in major cities have stepped up officer presence at newsrooms across the country after a shooting in a Maryland newspaper office killed multiple people.
Mayors pledge to defend municipal workers’ rights in wake of Janus decision 1
The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME against public sector labor unions has prompted mayors across the country to pledge support of municipal workers’ rights amid polarizing reactions.
Stormwater's new look
Innovative projects beautify large areas while mitigating stormwater damage and educating the public.
Local officials across U.S. denied entry into immigrant children detention facility
A bipartisan group of mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors was turned away from entering a temporary detention facility in Tornillo, Texas, which is holding undocumented children separated from their parents.
Local governments, citizens take stands against fracking in their communities
As the effects of fracking continue to be realized, some local governments are banning the practice in their communities. In some instances where a government has tried to further regulate the practice, citizens have pushed to ban the practice altogether.

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