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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Officially Opens this Spring
11:59 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Iowa State Penitentiary “Opens”

The ribbon-cutting for the "Grand Opening" of the new Iowa State Penitentiary

You could say Wednesday’s “Grand Opening” of the new Iowa State Penitentiary was a once in a lifetime experience. That’s because the current maximum security prison was built nearly 175 years ago, when Iowa was still a territory.

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Keokuk - 5th Ward
10:29 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Brian Joy : Focus on Downtown

Keokuk City Council candidate Brian Joy

Brian Joy says improving and enhancing Keokuk’s downtown district would be a top priority for him if he is elected to the city council on November 5.

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Keokuk - 5th Ward
12:14 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Sandy Pollitt : Fill Police Vacancy

Alderwoman Sandy Pollitt of Keokuk

Alderwoman Sandy Pollitt says she is seeking re-election to the Keokuk City Council so she can continue working to improve the city.

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500 Working at Plant Location
10:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

SCC & IFC Sign Training Agreement

SCC President, Dr. Michael Ash, looks on as IFC President Shawn Raha signs a new training agreement between the two parties.

A partnership between Southeastern Community College and Iowa Fertilizer Company is now official.

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Fort Madison - Ald. At Large
6:09 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Rusty Andrews : Encourage Young Adults to Stay

Rusty Andrews of Fort Madison, IA

Rusty Andrews says the Fort Madison City Council must do more to encourage young people to remain in or come back to the city after they graduate.

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