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.

Pages

Sponsorship Still Available
11:08 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Keokuk Walk of Fame

Keokuk’s Walk of Fame is expected to grow this summer.

The first plaque is in place on a planter at the corner of 4th and Main Streets.  It features Chief Keokuk, the city’s namesake.

Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says more plaques will be added in the coming weeks and months.

“We have sold or found sponsors for a total of 15 of the 24 who will be on the Walk of Fame,” says Glasscock, “so we are very excited about that.”

Read more
Two More Votes Needed
10:46 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Rental Inspections in Fort Madison

Fort Madison City Council

Fort Madison is moving ahead with the development of an inspection program for rental properties.

The city council has approved the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the housing code to allow for the inspections.  The program was identified as a priority during a recent city goal-setting session.

It would require every owner of a rental property to register their units with the city by November 1, 2012.  There would be a $25 fee for the 1st unit and $5 for each additional unit.

Read more
WLobbying, Sewer Rates, Shootings, School Budget
9:58 pm
Sun April 22, 2012

Around The Region

WASHINGTON, DC

A small delegation from southeast Iowa will spend the next two days meeting with federal lawmakers and representatives of various agencies.

Fort Madison City Manager Byron Smith says the group will push a series of regional initiatives including transportation, flood management, health care, and defense spending.

He plans to also bring up a few Fort Madison-centric ideas during his time in Washington D.C.

Read more
Keokuk Civil War Reenactment
9:28 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Emphasis – April 20

Jason Parrott’s guests are Keokuk Tourism Director Kirk Brandenberger and Wes Pohorsky, who is a longtime member of the Keokuk Tourism Board.

A Keokuk tradition is celebrating a major milestone this month as the 25th annual Civil War Reenactment will run from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th.

“It will probably hit after it’s over with,” says Brandenberger about the thought of the 25th anniversary.  “Right now, we are just working real hard towards putting on a great event for the area.”

Read more
Residential/Commercial Use
8:31 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Keokuk Development Proceeding

Construction is picking up at the former Eagles building in downtown Keokuk.  The two-story structure is being redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

Main Street Keokuk’s Joyce Glasscock says the biggest reason for the increased activity is the funding for the project is now in place.  She says the development is taking advantage of grants and historic tax credits.

Read more

Pages