Jason Parrott

Southeast Iowa Correspondent

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003.  The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main.  Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School.  He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History.  While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie, a middle school teacher, have called Quincy home since 2007.  They have three dogs (Howie, Sunny and Sadie) and they volunteer with the Quincy Humane Society. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.

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Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
12:24 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Court Upholds Convictions Against Lee County Man

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld multiple convictions against a Lee County man in connection with a shooting in Aug. 2013.

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Says Turnout Key to Tuesday
11:39 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Gov. Christie Stumps for Gov. Branstad in Burlington

(L-R) IA Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, IA Gov. Terry Branstad and Congressional Candidate Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks joined forces for a rally in Burlington Thursday night.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fired up supporters of his friend, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, during a stop in Burlington Thursday night.

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Election 2014
7:25 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Sen. McCain Campaigns for Ernst in Fort Madison

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) addresses the crowd in Fort Madison as U.S. Senate Candidate Joni Ernst of Iowa looks on.

A former presidential candidate brought some star power to the race for Iowa's open U.S. Senate seat Wednesday afternoon.

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IL/MO Counties in Moline Chapter
6:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Red Cross Says Realignment Won't Impact Local Services

Credit Flickr / Ozarks Red Cross

The American Red Cross said the public will not notice a change in service following an internal realignment that took effect this week.

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Money for Engineering/Design
7:11 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Illinois Invests $1.3-Million in Tri-State Port

IL Governor Pat Quinn announcing a $1.3-million investment in the Mid-America Port Commission's proposed facility along the Mississippi River.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The Mid-America Port Commission received a financial "shot-in-the-arm" this week from the state of Illinois.

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Wed. Oct 29, 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
6:48 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Open House for Jobs Re-Engagement Center in Keokuk

Some of the services available to Keokuk-area residents interested in landing a job or finding a new career will be on display this week.

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Department of Homeland Security
5:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Security Issues Identified at Lee County Buildings

Security Advisor Phil Pitzen (center) meets with Lee County representatives during a tour of the South Lee County Courthouse.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided Lee County with a lengthy checklist for security improvements at five of its buildings.

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Completion Slated for 2016
2:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

SCC Breaks Ground for New Building -- And New Direction

Members of SCC's Board of Trustees and Administrative Team break ground for the new Health Professions Center.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Southeastern Community College President Michael Ash said the groundbreaking ceremony for the school's new Health Professions Center on the West Burlington campus was about more than just "moving some dirt."  He said it was about establishing a new vision for SCC.

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Supports Some Exemptions
1:29 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Rep. Loebsack Supports W. African Travel Ban

Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) supports a travel ban on those seeking to enter the US from the west African nations hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak.

The Congressman whose district includes southeast Iowa said the United States should limit who can enter the country to prevent the further spread of the Ebola virus.

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Six for Kansas City Royals
6:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Former Burlington Bees Playing in World Series

Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer both played for the Burlington Bees before helping lead the Kansas City Royals to the 2014 World Series.
Credit ABC News

The Kansas City Royals surprised many in the sports world by making it to the World Series this year and as it turns out, a quarter of their roster have a direct connection to the tri-state region.

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