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.


Design, Finances Questioned
12:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Support Yet Concerns about Keokuk Housing Complex

A developer out of Cincinnati, Ohio wants to build a senior housing complex, similar to this, in Keokuk.

A proposed senior housing complex in downtown Keokuk continues to garner both support and concerns from city and community leaders.

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Production to Begin in January
7:14 am
Tue November 25, 2014

State Supports New Keokuk Business

A new company in Keokuk will produce insect control materials targeting bedbugs and mosquitoes, among others.
Credit Flickr / martakat83

The Iowa Economic Development Authority is lending its support to a new business in Keokuk.

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Located on Keokuk Campus
9:30 am
Mon November 24, 2014

SCC Breaks Ground on Industrial Tech. Center

The SCC Board of Trustees breaks ground on a new $4.2-million industrial tech building in Keokuk
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Southeastern Community College is getting into the habit of breaking ground on multi-million dollar buildings.

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"Grow Lee" Introduced
12:20 am
Mon November 24, 2014

LCEDG : 2015 a Year of Action

Lego Robotics leagues could soon be coming to Lee County as part of the "Grow Lee" Initiative.
Credit Flickr / KOMUNews

The Lee County Economic Development Group sees 2015 as a critical year when it comes to shaping its future.

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Could Reinstate Program
6:11 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lee County Reconsidering Weed Control

Lee County could reinstate its Roadside Management program to better address noxious weeds.
Credit Flickr / John Tann

Lee County's Roadside Management program could make a comeback.

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Altercation on Video
1:03 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Burlington Police Officer on Paid Leave

The Burlington Police Department placed Officer Dale Wyatt on paid administrative leave on Monday, Nov. 17, following an altercation with a citizen this month.

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Fire Started Monday Night
10:22 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Sheriff's Father Dies in Fire in Carthage

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire at Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage Monday evening.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Michael Bentzinger, 63, of Carthage died in a fire, Monday night, at the Bentzinger Home Supply Store in downtown Carthage.

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Better Utilization of Army Bases
3:37 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Commercial Development Possible at IAAAP

The Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown could eventually be home to businesses and industries.

The Greater Burlington Partnership hopes that when businesses consider expansion or relocation in southeast Iowa, they consider the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant in Middletown.

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Goal of $500,000
12:44 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fundraising Underway for Repairing Old Fort Madison

Old Fort Madison is in need of some serious repairs according to the group working to raise money for the project.

Andy Andrews of the North Lee County Historical Society said sections of the Fort Madison replica built more than 30 years ago are showing their age.

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Projected Path Through IL and IA
8:26 am
Fri November 14, 2014

IL Farm Bureau Prepares Farmers for Oil Pipeline

The pipeline is expected to cut through southeast Iowa and west-central Illinois. It could carry more than 500,000 barrels of crude oil daily.

The Illinois Farm Bureau wants property owners to be able to protect themselves during the proposed construction of a Midwestern crude oil pipeline.

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