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: St. Paul Bagelry

St. Paul Bagelry provides bagels for the company’s own locations, as well as wholesale bagels to co-ops and grocery stores all over the Twin Cities and outstate.

06/29/2017

DeRusha Eats: Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge

Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge provides a party outside on the wharf, elegant finer dining upstairs, and something in between in the middle.

06/22/2017

DeRusha Eats: Pearson’s 7th Street Confections

When you’ve been making iconic candy for more than 100 years, it can be hard to innovate. There are only so many things you can do to a Nut Roll, or a Mint Patty. So Pearson’s decided to launch a new product line. And it’s delicious.

06/15/2017

DeRusha Eats: Minnesota Zoo’s Aussie-Inspired Concessions

The Minnesota Zoo is adding a taste of the Australian Outback in a brand new exhibit, and also in their concessions operations.

06/01/2017

Surly Closing Its ‘Brewer’s Table’ Restaurant; Head Chef Leaving Company

Surly Brewing Company is closing its critically-acclaimed fine dining restaurant in the upper level of its Minneapolis Destination Brewery, Brewer’s Table, and Executive Chef Jorge Guzman is leaving the company.

05/31/2017

DeRusha Eats: Morel Mushroom Hunting With A Chef

It is Minnesota’s mushroom: prized by hunters who go to great ends to protect their secret spots. Morel hunting is an annual tradition not just by home cooks, but by some restaurant chefs too.

05/25/2017

Segway generic, Magical History Tour

Jason & Kylie Take A Segway Tour Of Minneapolis

The tour covers a lot of ground geographically, and also historically.

05/11/2017

Businessman Dean Phillips Plans To Run Against Paulsen In 3rd District

WCCO has learned wealthy Twin Cities businessman Dean Phillips says he will run for Congress against Rep. Erik Paulsen in Minnesota’s 3rd District covering the western suburbs from Eden Prairie to Maple Grove.

05/06/2017

DeRusha Eats: South Minneapolis’ George And The Dragon Pub

When Fred and Stacy Navarro opened George and The Dragon in 2012 the space was empty and new, their son was just five and they weren’t sure if anyone would show up.

05/04/2017

DeRusha Eats: Dining In A Flood Plain — St. Paul’s Red River Kitchen

It was a unique challenge: A beautiful St. Paul building, right on the river, but in danger of flooding. For decades, it remained empty. That is, until a hometown restaurant guy had a clever idea.

04/27/2017

DeRusha Eats: Bloomington’s Lela

One of the Twin Cities most celebrated chefs, who once owned his own 4-star fine-dining restaurant, is now running a restaurant that’s attached to a hotel in south suburban Bloomington.

04/20/2017

DeRusha Eats: Gyst Fermentation Bar

Fermentation is the process that turns fruit into wine, grain into beer, and flour into sourdough bread.

04/13/2017

DeRusha Eats: Minnesota Wine Expert Earns National Honor

Erin Rolek is the first sommelier from Minnesota ever named to that list.

04/06/2017

US Bank Stadium Preps WiFi For Super Bowl LII

With 310 days until Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, Jason DeRusha got an exclusive behind the scenes look at the preparations to make sure everyone can upload their Instagram and Facebook posts problem free.

03/31/2017

DeRusha Eats: Isabel Street Heat

When he’s not at his day job at the Motorwerks BMW shop, Tony Stoy is probably in a St. Paul commercial kitchen, tinkering with his latest flavor of Isabel Street Heat hot sauce.

03/23/2017

DeRusha Eats: Caribou Coffee

Caribou Coffee is cleaning up its drink menu. The company is banning a laundry list of artificial colors, dyes, preservatives and other ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup and MSG, from entering the its cups.

03/16/2017

DeRusha Eats: Barnes & Noble Kitchen In Edina

The setting: the lower level of a luxury mall in Edina, Minnesota. The plot: a struggle for survival. The characters: a bookstore in a world where half-off bestsellers are easy to buy online, and a sit-down restaurant: when many of us are eating on the run.

03/09/2017

DeRusha Eats: Minnesota Pure & Clear Artisan Ice

The road to Minnesota Pure and Clear ice starts 30 miles south of Minneapolis in a building that sure doesn’t scream artisanal.

03/02/2017

DeRusha Eats: Zelo In Downtown Minneapolis

Standing at the corner of 9th Street and Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, only a minor change to the awnings hint the major change inside. Zelo looks new.

02/23/2017

DeRusha Eats: Baker’s Field Flour and Bread

Beautiful to eat, and gorgeous to look at, this bread is a combination of art and science.

02/16/2017

DeRusha Eats: Mississippi Mushrooms

As an agriculture student at the University of Minnesota, Ian Silver-Ramp dreamed of starting a facility like Mississippi Mushrooms — local, high-tech, eco-friendly. He had no idea it would become such a favorite of Twin Cities chefs.

02/09/2017

DeRusha Eats: South Minneapolis’ Birdie

When it comes to success at the top of the restaurant world, three Minneapolis chefs want you to know that a women’s place is in the kitchen.

02/02/2017

DeRusha Eats: St. Genevieve In South Minneapolis

From the music to the bottles, one step inside St. Genevieve and you know you’re about to be taken far from home.

01/26/2017

DeRusha Eats: Original Pancake House

There is something about breakfast, a freshly cracked egg – a fluffy pancake, thick-cut slice of bacon – which sets the table for the day.

01/19/2017

DeRusha Eats: PinKU Japanese Street Food In NE Mpls.

It is a deceptively simple menu with just ten items, but what John Sugimura and Xiaotung Huang are doing with their Minneapolis restaurant PinKU Japanese Street Food is far from simple.

01/12/2017

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