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.
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.
There are some days when you go: What am I going to eat for lunch? Many days, probably. Bacon is always an enticing option, but a regular BLT can get soggy, and that’s a disappointment.
Food should be fun! Not just fun to eat, but fun to make. That’s why all week we’re giving you ideas to make-over your lunch box. Molly Herrmann is co-owner of Kitchen in the Market at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. She found that her son AJ would try new foods as long as he got to help make them.
All week, we’re helping you makeover your or your child’s lunchbox — because peanut butter and jelly just gets tiresome. Molly Herrmann is co-owner of Kitchen in the Market at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. Her Instagram posts provide inspiration to moms across the Twin Cities. On Wednesday, she showed how prepping pays off.
It’s usually the hard stories that are worth telling, because you learn something. No one says that better than Caryn Sullivan.
This week, we’re giving your lunchbox a make-over. It can be done by keeping it simple and planning ahead.
What do you pack for lunch? I’m sure most people say peanut butter and jelly, but not one local mother. Molly Herrmann posts pictures of her amazing looking lunches to Instagram, so we wanted to know how we could makeover our lunch box to look more like hers.
This week’s Minnesotan to Meet is a soccer star who never forgot where he came from. Tony Sanneh played at Pele Soccer camp at age 12, had a World Cup appearance and played alongside David Beckham in L.A.
It’s a message many have wanted pushed for years. The idea that being a jock is cool for both boys and girls, especially if you fall down and get right back up. And that’s exactly what happens in “Shelly Bean the Sports Queen,” a book series about a little girl determined to learn sports and be great.
We’ve all seen the claims – eat this for better health or add this for better nutrition. Even junk foods are now disguised as being good for you. So, this Monday we’re getting movin’ by giving our grocery list a face lift with some help from Kowalski’s dietitian, Sue Moores.
Just getting to the age of 90 years old is a feat all by itself. Now, add in activities like driving, working out and going to baseball games. Some of us aren’t good at balancing those things at a third of that age. Then you meet Jean Spannaus, who, at 92 years old, works out two days a week and is the inspiration to many.
There are times when you want to be really good on your diet, but there are other times when you just need a little indulgence. So, to keep us on track, we talked with a nutritionist on how to cheat the right way, as we Get Movin’ Monday.
This week’s Minnesotan to Meet can be described as an extreme downhill ski racer, a motorcycle enthusiast and an adventure seeker. He is also owner of, what he calls, an adult candy store – South Lyndale Liquors.
You see a personal trainer for the best results in working out, and you see a doctor to keep your health in top-top shape. The Johnston Group thinks you need to use that philosophy when it comes to your money. Bradley Johnston calls it “wealth care,” and left some big name firms to do it on his own, with a personal touch.