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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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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165 Permanent Jobs
10:25 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Lee County Lands Fertilizer Plant

  • Fertilizer Plant News Conference
  • Interview with Larry Kruse
  • On Air Version

Iowa Fertilizer Company (IFC) will build a $1.4-billion nitrogen fertilizer production plant on 500-acres of land near Wever in northern Lee County.

The site offers rail, river and highway access and is located near a natural gas line, which is essential to the plant's operation.

The project will create 165 full-time, permanent jobs and several thousand temporary construction jobs.

During a news conference in Des Moines on Wednesday, Governor Terry Branstad says this will be a much-needed shot in the arm for Iowa, and Lee County in particular.

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Ready to Set Department Goals
11:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Hinton : Busy First Two Months

  • Keokuk Police Chief Dave Hinton

Keokuk’s new police chief says his first two months on the job have been pretty busy.

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Corn Still in Trouble
10:53 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Rain Could Help SE Iowa Soybeans

The rainfall from Hurricane Isaac is both good and bad news for southeast Iowa farmers.

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Emphasis - August 31
11:09 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Leadership Change at Greater Burlington Partnership

Jason Hutcheson will replace Dennis Hinkle as President of the Greater Burlington Partnership in a matter of weeks.

Jason Parrott's guests are Dennis Hinkle and Jason Hutcheson with the Greater Burlington Partnership.  The discuss the organization and an upcoming change in leadership.

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