Jason DeRusha

Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned nine Emmy Awards, his food coverage was a finalist for Outstanding TV Segment in the prestigious national James Beard Awards, the Jaycees named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2003
Hometown: Des Plaines, Illinois
Alma Mater: Marquette University

FAVORITES
Music: Taylor Swift
Movie: Singin’ In The Rain
TV Show: The Price Is Right
Book: Erik Larson, Devil In The White City
Food: All of the food
Local Restaurant: Strip Club Meat & Fish, St. Paul
Hidden MN Gem: Elm Creek Park Reserve
Sport/Exercise: Golf
Historical Figure: Teddy Roosevelt
Famous Minnesotan: Andrew Zimmern
Quote: “A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.” — Dorothy Sayers
Word: Whimsy
Vacation Spot: Chicago
Holiday: Thanksgiving
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? I just use my hands
Morning Person or Night Person? MORNING!
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Goose

Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned nine Emmy Awards, his food coverage was a finalist for Outstanding TV Segment in the prestigious national James Beard Awards, the Jaycees named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, and the city of Minneapolis proclaimed Sept. 21 “Jason DeRusha Day.” No fooling.

Today, Jason co-anchors WCCO This Morning weekdays from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., WCCO Mid-Morning from 9 to 10 a.m., and WCCO 4 News At Noon. He is also the station’s food reporter, producing “DeRusha Eats”.

While at WCCO, he was among the first television reporters on the scene and on-the-air at the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. He answered “Good Question” for 5½ years. In 2013, he was named one of the “40 under 40,” the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s list of young community leaders.

Minnesota Monthly named him to the “Power 75” list, writing, “If anyone understands where mass media is going … it’s DeRusha.”

Marquette University named him the Young Alumnus of the Year in 2012.

Before coming to WCCO-TV, Jason spent three years as a reporter at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. Prior to that, he anchored the weekend news at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, reported for WREX-TV in Rockford, Ill. and interned at “ABC World News Tonight” in New York.

Jason’s been nominated for more than 20 Regional Emmy Awards, and he’s won Regional Emmys for Anchoring WCCO This Morning, for breaking news coverage, reporting his DeRusha Eats segment and the Good Question segment.

In the Twin Cities, Jason is a past-President of the Board of Governors of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He’s a frequent speaker and host for charity fundraisers.

He is a frequent fill-in host at WCCO Radio, and has been writing for Minnesota regional magazines since 2009. He’s currently the food critic for Minnesota Monthly. Jason’s a glass art collector, and he’s been a judge for the Uptown Art Fair. He’s also tried to blow a couple glass art pieces, with limited success.

Jason graduated from the Honors program at Marquette University with political science and broadcast communication degrees, magna cum laude. Jason lives in Maple Grove with his wife Alyssa (a Wayzata High graduate), and their sons Seth and Sam.

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DeRusha Eats: Kim Bartmann’s ‘Permaculture’ Garden Farme

What Taya Schulte and Seamus Fitzgerald are doing in Ramsey seems so far away from the ski ball at Pat’s Tap or the fried chicken at Third Bird. But eight urban dive bars and restaurants are directly linked to this one-acre farm in the north suburbs, thanks to restaurant owner Kim Bartmann.

07/14/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Gale Woods Farm Crops Aren’t Just For Show

Farm to table is a promise many restaurants make, but it’s a promise a Minnetrista farm and Mound restaurant are living.

07/07/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Afro Deli

It is unusual to see a long line outside a locally-owned, ethnic restaurant in downtown St. Paul during lunch. But that’s exactly what’s happening at Afro Deli.

06/30/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Travail Kitchen & Amusements

When Bob Gerken is cooking salmon tableside, or diners walk through Mike Brown or James Winberg’s station in the kitchen to assemble their dish, you know you’re experiencing something very different.

06/23/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Breaking Bread Café

It is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, run by a nonprofit and a chef who used to be an administrative assistant for a nonprofit.

06/09/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Coffee, Tea & Bagels At New Caribou-Einstein Store

Caribou Coffee is trying to jolt sales by going way beyond coffee. In a prime spot in Caribou’s hometown downtown, Minneapolis, they’ve launched a Caribou Coffee & Einstein Bagels store, featuring Argo Tea.

06/02/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Five Guys

We are in the era of the burger. Top chefs obsess over their versions. Fast-casual restaurants are opening left and right celebrating the beef. None of them are growing as quickly as Five Guys.

05/26/2016

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Kaysen, Zimmern Among Chefs Featured At U.S. Bank Stadium

On Tuesday, U.S. Bank Stadium announced its culinary lineup, including cuisine from Andrew Zimmern and Gavin Kaysen, the fried chicken from Chef Thomas Boehmer at Revival and local restaurants like Ike’s.

05/24/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Buddy’s Nut Butter

It started in a Twin Cities apartment in 2013. A graduate of an entrepreneur program at the University of St. Thomas was burning out his Cuisinart food processor trying to make his own peanut butter.

05/19/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Sawatdee

It’s hard to imagine a Minnesota without great Thai restaurants, but that was exactly the world that Supenn Harrison encountered when she first arrived here from her native Thailand.

05/12/2016

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DeRusha Eats: St. Paul’s Café Latte

They were told that people would not wait in line. But for more than 30 years, people have lined up inside Peter and Linda Quinn’s Café Latte in St. Paul.

05/05/2016

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Cooking With WCCO: Strawberry Lemon Curd Tart

It’s almost strawberry season in Minnesota, and Chef Ashley Mendel from A’viands at St. Gertrude’s in Shakopee has an easy recipe for a Strawberry Lemon Curd Tart!

05/03/2016

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The Bachelor Farmer’s Paul Berglund Named ‘Best Chef: Midwest’

The third time was the charm for The Bachelor Farmer’s Executive Chef, Paul Berglund.

05/03/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Inside The Dairy Queen Test Kitchen

For the nearly 7,000 stores across the country, every treat on the menu has its origins in a nondescript office building in Edina, Minnesota.

04/28/2016

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Cooking with WCCO: Spring Pea Soup

Farmers markets will be opening soon and that means lots of sugar snap peas. Chef Ashley Mendel from A’viands manages the St. Gertrude Rehabilitation Center Kitchen in Shakopee, and recommends this bright, minty, spring pea soup.

04/26/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Punch Pizza

In the early days,Punch Pizza was a sit-down in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood, with a wood-fired oven that got up to 1000 degrees.

04/21/2016

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DeRusha Eats: The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea Room

There is nature, beauty, and tranquility alongside the Rum River, and outside one of Minnesota’s oldest homes. But inside that home there is laughter, conversation, and the energy of a place that is far from a historic artifact.

04/14/2016

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DeRusha Eats: The New Dino’s Looks To Conquer

Dino’s Gyros started with Dino Adamidis and his stand at small festivals and fairs. Minnesotans were lining up to eat this meat on a pita that they couldn’t pronounce.

04/07/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Dogwood Coffee Company

The man behind one of the most acclaimed small coffee roasters in the country got his start like so many Minnesota teenagers: he took a job at Caribou Coffee.

03/31/2016

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‘No Tipping’ Experiment Ends At 2 Minneapolis Restaurants

Remember the big experiment about Upton 43 and Victory 44 abolishing tipping and including service in the price? Consider it over. Both restaurants have resumed a traditional style of pricing, where the customer adds a gratuity.

03/18/2016

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DeRusha Eats: W.A. Frost & Company

It is the spot in St. Paul for marriage proposals, celebration dinners, and Sunday brunch, and it’s been in business for four decades.

03/17/2016

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2 MN Chefs Named James Beard Award Finalists

Two Minnesota chefs have a chance to be named Best Chef for the Midwest Region by the James Beard Foundation.

03/15/2016

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Cooking With WCCO: Red Lentil Crackers With Spicy Vegan Cream Cheese

Lentils have a big flavor and are rich in fiber, manganese and folate. They are so economical and can be served hot or cold, making them a fantastic staple for your pantry.

03/15/2016

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DeRusha Eats: Maker’s Mark

Ten years ago almost nobody was drinking bourbon. Today, it is everywhere. Bourbon is an $8 billion business and almost all of it is made in Kentucky.

03/10/2016

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Cooking With WCCO: Spinach Bites With Honey Mustard

Spinach, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese make these easy appetizers quick to throw together for brunch or impromptu gatherings.

03/08/2016

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