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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Don Traman was glad to see so many people visit Burlington's downtown train depot during a recent open house. The idea behind the event was to showcase plans to renovate the 72-year-old building.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Matt Mullins admits his goal was to open the new Keokuk Medical Center months ago. But he said in no way does that diminish his excitement for the new facility, especially after seeing so many people attend the Dec. 8 open house.


Nearly 200 people will soon be out of a job after the announcement Wednesday that Matrix Metals will close its Keokuk Steel Castings facility in early 2016.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Paul Roos has been working for years to get his company off the ground in Keokuk. It now appears his efforts are paying off because AMJET Turbine Systems has nearly completed construction of its first hydro-electric turbine.

Steve Frevert / DPI

There's not much you can get for $1.00 these days: gas station coffee, wrapping paper, a couple of bananas. That is unless you are the Burlington City Council, which could get a four-story building for a buck.

Daily Gate City

The hiring of Aaron Burnett as Keokuk's new city administrator marked a significant change in the structure of city government, since that job had been vacant for nearly a decade. Now, city leaders are trying to make sure its rules and regulations match up with the hiring.

There might be a new set of rules in place the next time people in Keokuk have to get rid of snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. And the city's mayor is worried the changes could discourage some residents from helping others.


Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) joined about 50 Democrats and more than 200 Republicans in approving the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. He said his vote was not about preventing refugees from coming to the U.S., but rather it was about ensuring the safety and security of the residents of southeast Iowa.

City of Fort Madison

There is a new man in charge of the Fort Madison Police Department as Captain Bruce Gustafson has been promoted to interim Police Chief. City Manager David Varley made the announcement in a brief email Tuesday afternoon.

Daily Gate City

Aaron Burnett has not had a lot of time to sit back and relax since arriving in Keokuk as the community's second-ever City Administrator. He says his top priorities have been to get a good understanding of City Hall and the city as a whole, and to meet as many people as possible.

Keokuk Area Hospital requested and received roughly $100,000 from Lee County in both 2013 and 2014. The third time might not be the charm, though, as the hospital's request for another $100,000 appears to be going nowhere.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Despite a light rain, steady wind and overcast skies, about 100 people came to Keokuk's Veterans Memorial Wednesday to honor the men and women who have served this country. It's a ceremony that, year after year, focuses less on pomp and circumstance and more on reflection and gratitude.

Lauren Zechin / Daily Gate City

The soldiers who fought for the U.S. during World War II are considered "the Greatest Generation." Their numbers are shrinking, though, which prompted the MVM News Network to come up with a new way to honor them and so many others who have served their country.

The results are in from Tuesday's city elections in southeast Iowa. Incumbents won each contest in Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Burlington, while Burlington residents supported a bond issue to borrow $4 million to purchase and renovate a former bank into a police station.

John Larson

Chuck Brockett was glued to his television screen Sunday night, watching the Kansas City Royals face the New York Mets in the World Series. While he was cheering for the Royals and wanted to see them win, he also considered going to sleep when the Mets took a 2-0 lead in the 6th inning.