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.


Opening Scheduled for this Summer
1:57 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Handicap Accessible Playground in Works for Keokuk

The KPLAY committee hopes to have a swing-set like this in Keokuk's Tolmie Park by the end of June.

An organization working to build an accessible playground in Keokuk said it's on-track to meet a significant fundraising goal.

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Goal of $2.4-million
1:22 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Capital Campaign for Burlington Notre Dame

Burlington Notre Dame is trying to raise $2.4-million to upgrade its facilities.
Credit maps.google.com

One southeast Iowa school district is looking to the public for help to improve its aging facilities.

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Public Events Cancelled
12:48 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Iowa's Governor Released from Hospital

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been released from the hospital after falling ill during an event Monday afternoon
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was discharged from the hospital in "good condition" after falling ill during an event in Johnston on Monday afternoon.

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Public Events Cancelled
10:29 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Iowa's Governor Falls Ill, Taken to Hospital

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) will remain hospitalized overnight after falling ill during an event Monday afternoon
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad remains hospitalized for observation, rest, and hydration after falling ill during an event in Johnston Monday afternoon.

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Toured Both Prisons in Ft Madison
4:34 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Iowa Lawmakers Investigating Prison Delay

Inside one of the housing pods at the new Iowa State Penitentiary.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Members of the Iowa Legislature spent hours touring the current and future Iowa State Penitentiaries in Ft. Madison on Friday.  They did so as part of their inquiry into why the new $130-million dollar complex remains empty.

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Donation from Iowa Fertilizer Company
7:58 am
Thu January 22, 2015

New Tool for FMHS Welding Shop

The new plasma cutter at the FMHS welding shop was donated by Iowa Fertilizer Company.

Jim King smiled from ear to ear throughout Monday's news conference, which was called to announce the acquisition of his newest teaching tool.

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Governor Wants to Shutter Mental Health Institute
7:22 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Fight Ahead Over Possible Closure in Mount Pleasant

The Mount Pleasant MHI is scheduled to close July 1.

State Senator Rich Taylor (D-Mount Pleasant) said he could not believe what he was hearing when Iowa Governor Terry Branstad spoke to lawmakers about his proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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Route includes Lee, Hancock Counties
7:32 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Pipeline Files for Permits in Iowa and Illinois

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The company that wants to build a crude oil pipeline through the middle of the country has officially requested permission to do so from regulators in Iowa and Illinois.

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All Interviews Complete
11:15 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Autopsy Results Pending from Burlington Shooting

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) needs a little more information before it can release the results of its investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting in Burlington this month.

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Legislation Filed in Des Moines
7:55 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Senator : Let Residents Vote on County Seats

One southeast Iowa lawmaker is re-entering the heated debate in Lee County over where government services should be offered and where the county seat(s) should be located.

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