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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Classes Begin in Sept.
7:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Lee County Recruiting Leaders

Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sarah Cantrell
  • Interview with Sarah Cantrell

Volunteerism and civic involvement are crucial to a community’s success.

It’s becoming more difficult to find people who are willing to serve, though, as personal and/or professional schedules fill up.

A new partnership in Lee County will try to showcase the benefits of service and train future community leaders.

The Keokuk and Fort Madison Area Chambers of Commerce are working with Iowa State University Extension on L.E.E.  The acronym stands for Leadership Education & Excellence.

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Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew
10:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Emphasis – June 29

Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew
  • On-Air Segment with Tom Crew
  • Raw Audio with Tom Crew

Jason Parrott’s guest is Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew.  They talk about Crew’s upcoming retirement and his 25 year career in law enforcement.

Crew describes his time with the Keokuk Police Department as a “great ride” filled with good friends and fond memories.

He says he is grateful that he found a career where it was never a burden to have to go in to work. 

Crew says that will make it more difficult, though, to walk out of his office for that final time.

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Runs Through Sunday Evening
10:34 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Warsaw Bicentennial This Weekend

  • Interview with Joe Clarke

The extreme heat will not stop Warsaw (IL) from celebrating its history this weekend.

The small town in western Hancock County came to be in 1812.  It was a settlement between Fort Edwards and Fort Johnson.

Bicentennial Committee Chairman Joe Clarke says after more than 35 years in Warsaw, he could not imagine living anywhere else.

“I really enjoy the camaraderie of people there,” says Clarke.  “You go downtown and everyone knows who you are and they are friendly.  It is a very nice community to live in.”

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Construction Forces Temporary Move
10:17 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Burlington Animal Shelter Re-Opens

  • Interview with Susan Denk

The Burlington Animal Shelter is up and running again at a temporary location.

An expansion and renovation of the facility is scheduled to get underway in a couple of weeks.

Des Moines County Humane Society Co-President Susan Denk says the shelter is slated to nearly double in size.

She says the most important improvement will be a new ventilation system that separates between sick animals, health animals and humans.

The shelter had to be cleared out in anticipation of the upcoming construction.

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No Public Response
10:04 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Mt. Sterling (IA) Nears Discontinuance

City leaders in Mount Sterling, IA started exploring the idea of discontinuing the small town in southern Van Buren County after no one ran for public office last fall.

Mayor Tom Allen says the incumbents were not interested in remaining in office and there was no one there to replace them.

If Mount Sterling is discontinued, it will remain on all maps of Iowa.

The changes would be that the city council would be disbanded and services like snow removal and dust control would be handled by Van Buren County.

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