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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Superintendent Won't Talk Specifics
5:37 am
Wed October 1, 2014

District Remains Tight-Lipped About Burlington Principal Resigning

There are still many more questions than answers when it comes to the abrupt resignation of an administrator in the Burlington School District.

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Supreme Court Denies Review
5:34 am
Tue September 30, 2014

SE Iowa School Sex Abuse Lawsuit Officially Dismissed

A southeast Iowa school district has been cleared of wrongdoing in a sex abuse lawsuit.

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Hearing Next Week
6:13 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Keokuk Says It's Still Waiting for Windows

Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The people behind an effort to restore a former church in Keokuk now face jail time for allegedly failing to abide by a judge's ruling.

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Accused of Violating OMA
5:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Legal Options for Lee County Supervisors

The three members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors accused of violating Iowa's open meetings law appear to have several options when it comes to legal representation.

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Should Arrive Within 60 Days
5:37 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Governor Quinn Promises Money for Quincy University

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (L) and Quincy University President Robert Gervasi shake hands prior to Quinn announcing a state investment of $1.5 million in the university.
Credit Jason Parrott

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says people should be happy that the state is investing $1.5 million in Quincy University.

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Also Training Medical Investigators
3:15 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Lee County Hiring Security Guards, ParaLegal

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Lee County is putting out the help wanted sign.

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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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