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Former staff member returns to RAGBRAI, offers apology


Des Moines Register: A familiar name is returning to the staff of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. Andrea Parrott, formerly the ride’s merchandise and media manager, is rejoining the team as a marketing and logistics coordinator. Parrott was on the former RAGBRAI team that walked out in October over what was described at the time as a disagreement with how the Register handled its profile of Carson King, the 24-year-old former security guard who rose to fame after holding up a sign requesting beer money on ESPN. Parrott wasn’t a ringleader in the team’s messy exit: Instead, she got caught up in a whirlwind, she says, not able to stop and think in the short time between when former RAGBRAI Director T.J. Juskiewicz offered her a role with his new cycling venture, Iowa’s Ride, and when his TV news interviews and social media posts publicly tendered their resignation.

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