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.


Vote Likely April 1
6:06 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Lee County Delays "Mega-Site" Funding

It was a packed house at the Lee County Board of Supervisor's Meeting to discuss the proposed "Mega-Site" near Wever.

The Lee County Board of Supervisors will wait until next week to decide whether to make a hefty contribution to an economic development project.

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Lee County District 3
11:10 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Schiller Seeking Re-Election

Lee County Board Chairman Ernie Schiller

Chairman Ernie Schiller wants to remain on the Lee County Board of Supervisors for four more years.

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Requires Federal Action
10:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Rep. Kearns Wants Online Tax Collected

Roughly half the states require websites like Amazon.com to collect sales taxes. Iowa does not.

One southeast Iowa lawmaker says a lack of action by the federal government is costing both the state and small businesses money.

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Central Lee K-8 at 7:00 P.M.
8:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Taxpayer Forum Tuesday Night in Lee County

Mary Van Pelt (L) updates the Lee County Board of Supervisors on the taxpayer forum during a recent meeting.
Credit www.dailydem.com

Mary Van Pelt of Montrose wants taxpayers to learn what it costs Lee County to offer all services in both of its county seats, Keokuk and Fort Madison, versus in one location.

They will have the opportunity to do just that during an informational forum, organized by Van Pelt, that will begin at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, Mar. 25 at Central Lee's K-8 building.

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Pledges $100K to Keokuk Area Hospital
7:08 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Keokuk Taking Time on Franchise Fee

Keokuk City Council

Keokuk will take its time when it comes to possibly implementing a franchise fee.

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