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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Fort Madison Tradition
12:19 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Kiddie Parade Turns 100

  • A segment with Andy Andrews

A Fort Madison tradition marked a significant milestone this year.

The Charlie Korschgen 4th of July Kiddie Parade got its start in 1913.

Andy Andrews was Grand Marshall for the 100th Anniversary of the event.

He has been involved in the organization of the Kiddie Parade for more than 50 years.

Andrews says it got its start when Korschgen decided to teach the neighborhood kids about patriotism and July 4.  He says the first parade had just 14 kids.

Mayor Recommends Hinton
11:30 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

New Keokuk Police Chief This Week

Keokuk could have a new police chief in place by the end of the week.

Mayor Tom Marion is recommending Administrative Captain Dave Hinton for the post.

Hinton has been with the Keokuk Police Department for more than 20 years.

Marion says Hinton stood out from the other five candidates, who are also members of the department.

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Celebration Scheduled for Next Year
8:18 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Power Plant Opens for Tours

Ameren Missouri's power plant in Keokuk opened its doors to the public over the weekend after being off-limits for more than a decade.
  • An interview with Larry Weiman

A Keokuk landmark opened its doors to the public over the weekend after being off-limits for more than a decade.

Plant Superintendent Larry Weiman says daily tours of Ameren Missouri’s power plant on the Mississippi River were provided for years.

That is until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, when public access was denied.

That restriction was lifted for Saturday and Sunday.

The idea was to increase interest in the facility in anticipation of next summer’s 100th anniversary of the completion of the power plant and the Keokuk dam.

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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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