Jamie Yuccas is a morning person.
If you want evidence, just tune into WCCO This Morning from 4:30 am until 7. Her co-anchor, Jason DeRusha, usually comments on her overabundance of energy even when she gets into work at 3 a.m.!
Jamie grew up in Maple Grove, Minn. (Go Crimson!) and her family was a CCO’ household. While attending the University of Minnesota (Go Gophers!), Jamie interned for WCCO and always knew she wanted to come back.
Since her arrival, Jamie has covered numerous local and regional stories, as well as produces and anchors the Saturday Morning show, which launched in September 2010.
Jamie has reported for the CBS Evening News and CBS This Morning — including flooding in Minot, the Minnesota State Government Shutdown and Winter Storm Blasts. She also flew to New York to help out our sister affiliate WCBS during Super Storm Sandy.
Jamie started her career in Rochester, Minn. Then spent a number of years in the spring training home of the Twins — Fort Myers, Fla. She felt at home during her time there. Many call it “Minnesota South.”
She won a Florida AP award for a long form feature story about a U.S. Marshals Operation. She also covered multiple hurricanes, brush fires and presidential candidates as they swung through the exciting political state. She was also very active in the American Cancer Society, emceeing the Cattle Barron’s Ball, American Heart Association hosting and acting spokesperson for Go Red for Women events and the Lee County YMCA as a board member.
In her spare time, Jamie walks and occasionally runs around the Chain of Lakes, Loring Park and the Kenwood neighborhood with her husband, John, and their dogs, Dottie and Murphy. She also enjoys volunteering, cooking, doing anything on the water, and checking out new restaurants around Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Married with children, a local man thought it was his destiny to be a social worker. When that career ran its course, he started antiquing, eventually running his own Estate business.
Science, education and the arts — you say those three words and you probably think of teachers or researchers. How about comic book writer and sci-fi movie producer? That’s the idea behind local company, FutureDude.
After a long day, it’s sometimes nice to unwind with a glass of wine. But then figuring out what to buy can sometimes launch you right back into the stressful zone. That’s why Allison Wagner started the Savvy Lush. At first it was a joke with friends and then morphed into helping people find tasty wines, cheap. But that’s not all that makes Allison a Minnesotan to Meet. Her day job also raises significant money for a disease that hits our population hard.
Life can take so many twists and turns. For instance, imagine going from a nurse to an IT project manager, or from an inline skater to bike enthusiast. In both cases, that’s Martha Flynn, who is now so dedicated to getting other young women to ride bikes, she’s in charge of the Crank Sisters.
Want help pacing out your runs? Some studies show songs that are 150 beats per minute increase performance of the run by 15 percent.
Some of us don’t know what we want to do even as a grown up. But one St. Paul native knew right after high school when he jumped into the fitness industry. He could travel the world while learning the in’s and out’s of the trade. Now Chuck Runyon is the chief executive officer of Anytime Fitness.
When you think of a chemical peel, estheticians want you to instead think of fast results in terms of putting your best face forward not what you’ve seen in movies.
We headed to Skin Savvy at Wayzata Medical Spa to get answers about Dermapen — a procedure that sounds scary but could help you avoid Botox.
Botox might sound scary or maybe treatments sound too expensive, so this week we’re looking at three non-invasive treatments under $400.
When he first moved to Minnesota, he only knew one thing about the state: it’s where Prince was from. But it’s the way Chris Pears is revolutionizing education in Minnetonka is what makes him this week’s Minnesotan to Meet.
He started his career as a Certified Public Accountant, or CPA, but ended up helping ailing businesses turn around. That led to wanting to start his own business – a beverage company.
Joseph Croft started Celtic Croft 20 years ago in his garage. Now the independent store in Brooklyn Park specializes in traditional Scottish and Irish items. It’s a business that keeps booming! The three generations running the store makes them Minnesotans to Meet.
Prom can be a stressful time for teenagers. Perhaps the biggest stressor is what to wear. Especially for girls, because those photos seem to stay around forever! Prom dresses usually reflect the year’s big trends, and sometimes can even predict the next season’s trends.
Professor Nekima Levy-Pounds is powerful voice for civil rights. She was just named the new President of the NAACP and she played a big role in the recent Black Lives Matter rallies. Now, she’s trying to overcome her critics who think she’s too focused on police brutality issues.
It’s a tiny space with big sparkle, and if you walk the skyway in Downtown Minneapolis, you’ve likely walked right by it. Gene Gittelson opened his store Gittelson Jewelers 30 years ago, and now his son is following father’s footsteps.
Spring cleaning isn’t fun — especially that disorganized closet! In Minnesota, it’s actually important to organize as we move season to season; otherwise you’re stuck with sweaters on T-shirt days or vice versa!
“Simon Says Give” likes to celebrate birthdays. They host kids who otherwise wouldn’t get a chance to party!
Blythe Brenden represents the third generation of a family known for giving, and it’s her tireless work for the community that makes Brenden this week’s Minnesotan to Meet.
Most everyone has something that has embarrassed them as a child. But not all of us took that experience and turned it into something big. Enter MJ Johnson.
After working on Bar Bell Bee Ranch, owned by her aunt and uncle, Kristy Allen decided to combine her two favorite things –bees and biking – to create her own business.
Spring time means a time of renewal, both with the weather and our wardrobes. Most of us have a tendency to go to the closet and say, “What should I trash, donate or take to the dry cleaner?”
Nourishing our minds, bodies and souls is so important to our overall well-being. That idea is how a new cooking class came about. WCCO’s Jamie Yuccas and Kim Johnson went to Kitchen in the Market at the Midtown Global Market to try the new “Psychic Supper.”
For its 100th birthday, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is offering a surprise a week!
Women are still breaking ground when it comes to working in a male dominated field, like construction. But Minnesota is doing better, with big projects like the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium. Since it’s Women’s History Month – we gathered a group of women at Mortenson Construction’s on-site office.
From theater to public service to toy maker? That’s how Jeff Freeland Nelson became a huge success story.