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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Branstad vs. Hatch
5:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Fertilizer Plant a Focus in Iowa Gubernatorial Debate

State Sen. Jack Hatch (L) and Gov. Terry Branstad square off before a crowd of 500 in Burlington over the weekend
Credit The Burlington Hawkeye

The latest debate between Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) and State Sen. Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) focused on economic development and job creation, with just enough scandal and accusations to keep it interesting.

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100% Proficiency Required
1:19 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

More Iowa Schools "In Need Of Assistance"

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The head of the Iowa Department of Education says the latest list of schools and districts "in need of assistance" shows the need to revamp the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.

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Fewer Bids for Projects
1:18 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

More Construction in Iowa Means Fewer Contractors

There are more than 1,900 temporary construction workers building Iowa Fertilizer Company's plant near Wever. 400 more will join them in the coming months.
Credit Jason Parrott

Southeast Iowa is learning a valuable lesson about supply and demand courtesy of a nearly $2 billion investment in the region.

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Claims Retailiation for Union Participation
8:12 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Keokuk Teacher Sues School District

A former vocational technology teacher in the Keokuk School District says he was forced to resign because of "intolerable working conditions."

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Goal: $667,000
6:23 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Fundraising Going Strong for Keokuk Depot

The vision for the Keokuk Union Depot Foundation
Credit Keokuk Union Depot Foundation

The Keokuk Union Depot Foundation has embarked on an ambitious fundraising campaign in an attempt to land a six-figure grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation.

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Hopes to Improve Decisions
6:12 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Keokuk Alderman Wants Prayer in Meeting

Credit www.flickr.com / Jan Smith

At-Large Alderman Dan Winn said the Keokuk City Council should pray before getting to work.

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Contract Vote Tuesday Night
10:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Fort Madison Selects City Manager

The Fort Madison City Council has selected David Varley as the next city manager.
Credit City of Fort Madison

Fort Madison's "next" city manager brings plenty of experience to the post.

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Review by Iowa Attorney General
11:01 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Fort Madison Police Officer "Legally Justified" in Fatal Shooting

A Fort Madison police officer will not face criminal charges after fatally shooting a man in early August.

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Open Meetings Act in Question
9:37 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Three Lee County Supervisors Face Lawsuit

Three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are accused of violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

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Ruling of Iowa Supreme Court
6:17 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Lee County Judge Suspended 30 Days

The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended District Associate Judge Emily Dean for 30 days, starting Sat., Sept. 20.

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