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. 



Washington county, city stand opposed on safe injection sites for illegal drugs
Washington’s most populous county has come a little closer to establishing safe injection sites — where heroin users can inject drugs under medical professionals’ watch to reduce overdoses — while one of its cities effectively banned them.
Cities resume fluoridating water after hiatuses 4
Health benefits, state requirements and new equipment have led several cities to resume fluoridating their water after hiatuses.
UNESCO-designated localities react to U.S. withdrawal decision
The Trump Administration’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has drawn reactions from cities that carry UNESCO designations.
California city, county disagree on commercial marijuana policy
Despite recreational marijuana being legalized in California, Kern County and one of its cities, Bakersfield, can’t agree on how the commercial side of the now-legal industry should function in their jurisdictions.
Fire authorities exhaust resources to combat California wildfires
Local fire authorities across California have designated numerous firefighters and equipment for combating the massive wildfires raging across the California wine country.
Over 60 governments celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday
A new movement has many governments jumping ship on celebrating Columbus Day and instead celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October.
Atlanta lessens marijuana possession penalties
Georgia’s capital and largest city became the most recent municipality to lessen penalties for marijuana possession on Oct. 2.
Cities court Amazon to be location of new headquarters
When one of the world’s biggest tech companies announces plans to build a second headquarters in a to-be-determined community, cities put their best foot forward.
Former California city employee pleads guilty to embezzling over $600,000
A former employee of the Glendale, Calif. City Attorney’s office has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling nearly $610,000 in taxpayer dollars over a 17-year period.
Las Vegas officials respond to shooting, others across country voice support
Police and officials in Las Vegas are gathering answers to last night’s mass shooting in the city.
Public and private marriage
For P3s to be successful, governments must educate themselves, dispel common misconceptions and carefully tailor their projects' approaches.
Police sue Nebraska city over health insurance changes
Changes in insurance policy have led a police union and a Nebraska city’s officers to sue the city.
Court strikes down measures in Massachusetts city drone ordinance
The U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts has struck down several measures of a drone ordinance from Newton, Mass, creating implications for local governments seeking to create drone regulations.
Riots erupt in St. Louis, police response deemed inappropriate by many
Police response to protests over the acquittal of a St. Louis police officer in the shooting of a black man has come under fire.
Florida communities continue recovery processes after Irma devastation
Florida communities are continuing the long road of recovery following Hurricane Irma’s devastation earlier this month.