Jason McGrann, a Centerville native, has joined the Perry Chief as a staff reporter. He was born and raised in south-central Iowa and has more than eight years of professional newspaper experience. His duties at the Chief will include sports and local news.

McGrann spent most of his newspaper career at the Centerville Daily Iowegian, working as sports editor before being promoted to managing editor. Early in his career, he worked as a writer for the Ottumwa Courier.

His career accomplishments include being honored by the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association for contributions made to Iowa high school baseball.

McGrann has also received several Iowa Newspaper Association awards for sports writing and photography.

"I am excited to join the Perry Chief. The Chief has a long, storied tradition and great reputation," said McGrann. "I look forward to serving the Perry area."

McGrann attended Indian Hills Community College and Iowa State University and has an Associate of Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology.

While at Indian Hills Community College, McGrann was a member of the baseball squad, earning all-region accolades in consecutive seasons and being named to the Iowa Junior College All-Star game. He was also a member of the Iowa State University baseball team during the program’s final season.

McGrann and his wife, Ashley, have a 7-year-old son, Mason. They live in Bondurant but are looking to move to Perry, he said.