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.


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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Previous Administrator Left in 2008
9:47 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Keokuk Ready to Hire City Administrator Search Firm

Talk about finding someone to manage day-to-day city operations in Keokuk could soon turn into action.

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Minimum Security Moved
7:11 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Prison Inmates Relocated in Fort Madison

172 minimum security inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary were transferred from the John Bennett facility (upper right) to the Clinical Care Unit (bottom left) Tuesday morning.

The Iowa Department of Corrections relocated 172 inmates from one portion of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison to another unit.

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Sunshine Law Violations
4:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Judge Nullifies Lewis County E-911 Contract

The Lewis County E-911 Board will have to come up with a new way to provide emergency dispatch services for residents of the northeast Missouri county.

Associate Circuit Judge Rick Roberts struck down a contract between the Lewis County E-911 Board and the Marion County E-911 Board in a ruling issued late last week.

His reason for doing so was because the Lewis County E-911 Board repeatedly violated the state's open meetings law while the contract was being developed and finalized.

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Judge Dismisses Complaint
11:27 am
Sat October 11, 2014

No Jail Time for Keokuk Window Removal

The members of the group that removed windows from a vacant Keokuk church in August will not be penalized for their actions.

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Heisler to Serve Dual Role
10:10 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Warsaw Appoints Acting Mayor

Warsaw Alderman Mike Heisler has been named acting Mayor.
Credit Cindy Iutzi / Daily Gate City

Warsaw Alderman Mike Heisler will be pulling double-duty for the next few months.

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Groundbreaking Still Planned
7:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

SCC Rejects Building Bids

Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Southeastern Community College is going back to the drawing board when it comes to the construction of its new health services building on the West Burlington campus.

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