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.


City Seeking $31-million
9:26 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Burlington Finalizes Flood Protection Application

Burlington hopes a large flood wall will prevent the need for these temporary barricades in the future.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Burlington's plan to hold back the mighty Mississippi River moves forward.

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3 Accused of OMA Violations
11:50 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Lee County Supervisors Seek New Venue for Lawsuit

The three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors accused by several citizens of violating Iowa's open meetings law do not want the case to be heard in Keokuk.  They also feel the case should not be heard by a jury.

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Centered On Gravel Roads
4:18 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Another Lawsuit Filed Against Lee County

Increased truck traffic on the gravel road in front of his home has prompted a Lee County resident to sue the county.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Lee County faces yet another lawsuit, this time over the condition and maintenance of one of its gravel roads.

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Transfer to Walgreen's
6:13 am
Thu December 11, 2014

KAME Pharmacy in Keokuk to Close

KAME's pharmacy will close Jan. 7, 2015
Credit www.keokukmedical.com

Keokuk Area Medical Equipment and Supply's pharmacy will close on January 7, 2015.

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6:11 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Early Voting Open for Burlington Election

Early voting is underway for Burlington's special city council election on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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City Wants Improvements
7:15 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Keokuk Drops Church Lawsuit

The city of Keokuk has dismissed a lawsuit against the owners of the former church at the corner of 4th & High Streets.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The City of Keokuk has ended its attempt to assume ownership of a vacant church.

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Officer Retired
5:45 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Burlington Police Not Talking About Investigation

The Burlington Police Department won't release further information about the recent investigation into an officer who has now resigned from the department.

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Left Student in Room Unattended
5:41 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Burlington School Employee on Administrative Leave

The Burlington School District has placed an employee on administrative leave following an incident last week at Aldo Leopold Middle School.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The Burlington School District placed an employee on administrative leave after the worker left a student alone in Aldo Leopold Middle School after hours.

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$512,000 over 12 Years
10:57 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Keokuk Waives Property Taxes for Housing Complex

A development firm out of Cincinnati, Ohio wants to build a 45-unit senior housing complex on this vacant lot in downtown Keokuk.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The Keokuk City Council gave the green light to a proposed senior housing complex in the downtown district.

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Question About Whistle-Blower Status
6:40 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Iowa Court of Appeals to hear Lee County Firing Case

A former Lee County employee will have his day in court... again.

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