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.


$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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Competition for KAH?
7:10 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

New Health Care Provider in Keokuk

Keokuk Area Hospital could face direct competition from two out-of-town health care providers
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Some direct competition for Keokuk Area Hospital could arrive in May 2015 in the form of a partnership between Fort Madison Community Hospital and Blessing Health System out of Quincy, Ill.

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Opposition Growing
9:22 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Pipeline Meetings Monday in SE Iowa

The proposed route for a crude oil pipeline connecting North Dakota and southern Illinois.

The public will have opportunities Monday to learn more about a crude oil pipeline that could run through southeast Iowa and west central Illinois.

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Rejoined Program in 2009
7:16 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Fort Madison Main Street Celebrates Anniversary

Fort Madison Main Street is celebrating its five-year anniversary.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Fort Madison's decision to rejoin Iowa's Main Street program in 2009 appears to be paying off.

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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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