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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Macomb vs. Colchester
12:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

“The Game of the Year”

The participants in the re-creation of the "Game of the Year" at Macomb High School on Saturday, July 28.
  • Jason Parrott's on-air report

Baseball teams from Macomb and Colchester were scheduled to play a five-game series in mid-1921.

The series was tied 2-2 after four games with the deciding 5th game scheduled for September 11.

The game was played at the Macomb fairgrounds in front of more than 1,600 people.

The contest was about to begin when a car pulled up and three of the infamous Chicago Black Sox (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte and Swede Risberg) got out and joined the Colchester team.

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Could Name Superintendent Thursday
11:42 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Keokuk School Board Close to Decision

  • Exclusive with Tyler McGhghy

The Keokuk School Board could announce the district’s new superintendent as early as Thursday night during a special board meeting.

The panel met behind closed doors for about one hour Tuesday night.

President Tyler McGhghy says the board used the meeting to talk about the details of a potential contract with the firm helping the district, Cedar Rapids-based Ray & Associates.

He says at this point, the maximum starting salary in a potential deal is $155,000.

McGhghy says the meeting was also used to discuss the six interviews conducted over the weekend.

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Residents Must Re-Register
10:38 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Lee County Alert System

  • Interview with Jim Sholl

Lee County will be able to take advantage of newer technology when it comes to sending alerts about emergencies or disasters.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Keokuk and Fort Madison Police Departments have utilized CodeRED for several years.

The system can send a pre-recorded message to hundreds of telephone numbers in seconds.

Sheriff Jim Sholl says CodeRED is being replaced by a new system called DeltAlert.

He says DeltAlert offers more minutes for the same price and some important new features like sending the messages as emails or texts.

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New Home for County Attorney?
10:24 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Burlington Police Station Future

The Burlington Police Station

City and county leaders understand there are structural concerns with Burlington’s police station on North 3rd Street.

Those concerns led to discussions about a joint law enforcement center that would be shared by Burlington and Des Moines County.

Chairman Tom Broeker says the County Board of Supervisors backed out of the talks because of the potential, multi-million dollar price tag for the project.

The future of the building is back in the news after mold was discovered on the third floor, which houses the Des Moines County Attorney’s office.

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More Visits Likely This Year
5:21 pm
Sun July 29, 2012

Keokuk Administrators Observe Classes

Keokuk School Board

Administrators within the Keokuk School District spent more time in the classrooms, last year, as part of a program aimed at observing teacher and student performance.

The 2011/2012 school year marked the second year for the eWalks program.

Business Manager Greg Reynolds says the program requires administrators to conduct brief, unannounced visits into classrooms throughout the district.

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