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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Neighboring Schools Alerted
4:31 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Possible Attempt to Abduct KHS Student

More details have been released about the possible attempt to abduct a Keokuk High School student this afternoon.

The Keokuk Police Department says at approximately 1:00 P.M., a female student was approached by an elderly man as she was walking home.

Authorities say the man allegedly asked her if she needed a ride home as well as other questions that made her feel uncomfortable.

She refused his request and continued to walk home, prompting the man to drive off.

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Female Inmate Population Rising
10:23 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Lee County to Expand Jail

Lee County will add more beds to its jail to account for a growing population.

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40+ Participants Last Year
10:35 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

Keokuk Ready for Deer Season

The Keokuk City Council is finalizing the details for its second urban deer season.

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Emphasis - Sept. 7
10:05 am
Fri September 7, 2012

New Goals for KEDC

Chuck Betts is Executive Director for KEDC.
  • Emphasis with Chuck Betts

Jason Parrott's guest on Emphasis is Chuck Betts, who is the Executive Director for the Keokuk Economic Development Corporation. 

They discuss a new direction for the organization.

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Request to Own Pot-Belly Pig
8:53 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Keokuk City Council Considers "Bacon"

Bacon the pot-belly pig

Angelica Finch says even though her family has only owned "Bacon" for a few weeks, he has become part of the family.

"Bacon" is a two-month-old miniature pot-belly pig given to Finch's five-year-old daughter as a birthday present.

Finch says she did not know that pot-belly pigs were prohibited in Keokuk until the animal control officer told her he had received a complaint from a neighbor about "Bacon."

That prompted Finch to ask the Keokuk City Council to change city law to include pot-belly pigs as domestic animals, similar to cats and dogs.

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