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 an odd combination of hobbies: making popcorn and restoring classic cars. But the two loves shared by one couple are now on display every Saturday at the Anoka Classic Car Show. The journey getting there is what makes Brian and Jane Nelson “Minnesotans to Meet.”
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, a Minnesota woman decided to support cancer charities and raise awareness – with a flock of pink flamingos. Mary Leisses ask friends and colleagues for $10. If they gave it to her, a pink flamingo would go in the yard and the donation would go to the American Cancer Society. Last year there were 380. This year, she wants 400.
Every day, the average American needs to burn 100 calories just to keep their weight the same. It might not sound like a lot at first, but if you add it up, 100 calories a day for a year is an extra 5 pounds.
If you don’t recognize his name, you most certainly recognize his voice. Generations of Minnesotans have heard John Hines on the air for more than 42 years. He graduated from Minneapolis Roosevelt in 1971 and went to Brown Institute just three days later.
If you’re a wine lover, there’s nothing better than sharing a glass with good friends. Spill the Wine on Lake Street is a perfect hangout to do that.
When you’re told you can’t do something, don’t you just want to do it even more? That’s true for Chey Eisenman, whose career as a cabbie started out as a joke.
Creative director. Editorial producer. Fashion stylist. Trend expert. Event director. Sounds like a lot. But then add in hip hop dance instructor, former model, host and speaker. That’s what makes Grant Whittaker a Minnesotan to Meet.
If you drive by it you probably never even realized it’s a single-family home, but once up the drive-way you realize this home is something special. It’s almost like a medieval castle or a sci-fi lover’s fantasy in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
Many of us like to consider ourselves foodies, but for one pint-sized almost 80-year-old, the term means charity events, cookbooks and developing new organizations. Sue Zelickson might be one of the Twin Cities’ notable “ladies who lunch,” but she gets up around 5 a.m. to plead with others to help the community.
Americans, in general, spend almost $40 billion a year trying to look good. The cosmetic market represents about 15 percent of the beauty industry and includes anything from lipstick to nail polish. But what’s in this stuff and how is it made?
They’re a fixture of our suburban landscape. Big box stores with big boxes in the shopping carts. People swear by their Costco and Sam’s Club memberships, but they have to buy big in order to save big. So, what if you don’t want to buy in bulk, and are the big sizes a better deal anyway?
All this week, the WCCO Morning Show is touring the Twin Cities in their Suburban Spotlight. For Tuesday, the focus is 11 miles from downtown Minneapolis in the southwest ‘burb of Eden Prairie.
Everyone wants to look good at their most important moments — their weddings, big parties or work events. Many will spend hundreds to get our hair and nails done, but when it comes to makeup, we’ll usually do it at home.
On Demand Group is a global family-owned IT consulting firm that has been in business since 1995. While IT might sound boring, Heather Manley is anything but.
Minnetonka-based Renter’s Warehouse is the largest and fastest-growing property management company in Minnesota. And the company isn’t just in Minnesota; it’s now expanded to 13 markets in 9 states. It was all started by then 22-year-old Brenton Hayden, who now at 28 is trying to stay retired.
What makes a nerd? Mike Derheim, 35, and two partners started The Nerdery with a couple hundred bucks. Its annual revenue in 2013 was more than $52 million.
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and with so many children now impacted by the disorder, toy companies have taken notice. A local store has partnered with St. David’s Center to develop Autism-specific toys.
Kids might not be able to drive, but that doesn’t matter at the Twin Cities Auto Show this weekend. Not only are there interactive exhibits — but parents can make sure their children are safe with child seat safety checks.
Trucks are tough, but that’s not the only image you’ll see projected at the Twin Cities Auto Show. The off-road experience is becoming lighter, safer and more connected than ever before.
Most people go to the Twin Cities Auto show to see all the flash, but there are some cars with real function on the floor this year. Families can check out vehicles with lots of space and safety features, but when you’re ready for your midlife crisis you can also indulge yourself in a little glitz and glamor.
Many of us would say this winter has been one of the worst ever, but one group in Minnesota disagrees. The snow, the ice and the windy conditions have been perfect for snowkiters. And this past weekend more than 100 got to come together on Lake Mille Lacs for the 10th annual Kite Crossing.
Open heart surgery doesn’t necessarily mean opening the chest anymore. The University of Minnesota’s new hybrid operating room allows surgeons to do things you probably only thought about happening in sci-fi movies. At first glance, it looks like most hospital operating rooms.
All week long, the WCCO Morning Show team is putting the suburbs in the spotlight. Jamie Yuccas’ dart landed on Brooklyn Park, which is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in northwestern Hennepin County.
This winter hasn’t just been tough on our commutes and our psyche, it’s been rough on city budgets, too.
Most people love getting a postcard from loved ones on a trip, but it turns out bargain hunters love getting them from businesses, too. That’s how local company Printz found success in promotional postcards. And cards were just the beginning.