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.
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.
Sometimes our greatest failures lead to our greatest accomplishments, something to remember as we enter the second week of our new year’s resolutions. For inspiration, check out Lee Hersch, who has faced setbacks in her college career and diet and exercise plans.
This is the story of the “American Dream.” A first-generation American whose grandparents were dishwashers and confectionary workers in India. Hard work must run in the family. Dr. Jess Prischmann spoke broken English in Kindergarten and is now a highly respected facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
We were all there, right? We grow up and have no idea what to do? One Minnetonka man was at that point and decided to run away to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now Pete Ford is 24 years old and hitting all the right notes.
Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Jermaine Jackson. They’re all great performers and singers, and one local man has gotten to sing along side all of them. Robert Robinson also opened one of Prince’s birthdays and was a featured vocalist with pianist Lorie Line, but he never saw singing as a career.
Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful. We all have that one picky person you have to shop for at the holidays, or maybe you have to shop for a co-worker you don’t really know that well. That’s why we wanted to help get movin’ on your holiday shopping list.
He’s known as the guy who teaches work out classes in a Speedo, or as the maker of the Twin Cities Pride Parade’s most outrageous float. But he’s really just a perfect combination of his parents.
It’s the holiday season, which means weekends are filled with company Christmas parties and family gatherings. There’s a lot of holiday hoopla, but what should you wear to stay fresh with all the festivities?
Hobbies usually fill our time between work hours. But what if a hobby turns into a job? Jen Scheffler had it happen.
Nordeast. It’s a part of Minneapolis known for institutions — Nye’s Polonaise Room, Kramarczuk’s Sausage company. And Surdyk’s. Since 1934, the Surdyk family has been a part of the community.
When you have lemons, you make lemonade. When you have a garden full of tomatoes, you make salsa … lots of salsa. Lisa Nicholson first lugged 120 cans of the homemade stuff to the Farmer’s Market. When a vendor didn’t show, she got in.
About 18,000 students are expected to fill Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Wednesday to see some big name celebrities and celebrate local and global charities as part of We Day Minnesota. It’s the second annual event, and among the expected celebrities are Martin Sheen and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
As we gear up for winter, a lot of us probably want to hang on to that favorite sweater or pair of jeans. You check the closet, know you’re never going to wear it again but just can’t let go of it. This week in Get Movin’ Monday, fashion expert Grant Whittaker tells us why we should get rid of those clothes.
There’s no bigger fan cheering for the University of Minnesota to bring home the bacon this weekend than “Goldy Gopher.” That’s why we wanted to learn more about him. As it turns, out Minnesota was tabbed the “Gopher State” in 1857 in a political cartoon.
Whether you’ve gotten married, gotten in trouble with your spouse or celebrated Valentine’s day – there’s one thing you need: flowers. And there’s really one name most of us think of: Bachman’s. The man taking the floral gift and garden store into the future still has the last name Bachman. That’s what makes Dale Bachman a Minnesotan to Meet.
A snappy dresser. A cover model. A greeting card creator, who gives back to charity. Inver Grove Heights-native Ouie Pierre sometimes has to be “leashed in” he does so much.
When you see someone who is stylish, they make it look effortless. A lot of the time, it’s not necessarily the clothes but the accessories that pull an outfit together. This week in Get Movin’ Monday, Jamie Yuccas caught up with local stylist Grant Whittaker to get four tips on how to accessorize your outfit.
While many stars are born, others are made. No building could tell that story better than First Avenue. From the outside walls to the performers who take the stage, it’s the spot that put Minneapolis on the map in world of music. But it’s the person running the venue who is truly a shining star to her family and hometown.
You’ve likely heard his voice on the radio, know you’ve heard his name somewhere before or needed to run into one of his family’s stores when the sink starts leaking or toilet breaks. With 19 stores and growing, Mike Frattallone is this week’s Minnesotan to Meet. The first Frattallone’s Ace Hardware and Garden Store opened in 1975.
A lot of us now shop online. But the Twin Cities are on the map for a lot of consumers because of Mall of America. And there’s one woman who has shopped every square inch of it, providing tips and insider info. But you probably will never guess how she got her start on the shopping beat.