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: Q Fanatic

Since Q Fanatic opened, it’s been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and named best barbeque in Minnesota by WCCO viewers.

10/12/2017

Parlour Burger, Lord Fletchers’ Walleye ‘Wich Coming To Target Center

Long with a reputation for the worst food of any of the Twin Cities professional sports venues, Target Center is massively remaking its concessions by bringing in local restaurant partners and changing nearly every product available in general concessions.

10/10/2017

A List Of Every Twin Cities Restaurant Closure, Opening In 2017

It’s been a roller-coaster year for Twin Cities foodies, with many restaurants opening and nearly as many closing.

10/03/2017

Aquaculture + Hydroculture = Aquaponics At Urban Organics

Urban Organics combines an aquaculture produce-growing operation with a hydroculture fish farming operation into one unified aquaponics farm.

09/28/2017

Man Cave Craft Eats: From Farmers Market To 5,000 Stores

They have an incredible number of products, being a younger company. Innovating, finding out what people want, staying in front of trends.

09/21/2017

DeRusha Eats: The Boat Club At Fitger’s In Duluth

The Boat Club in Duluth makes it fitting that there’s now a lakefront restaurant focusing on fresh fish.

09/14/2017

DeRusha Eats: Double Take Salsa

If you asked Bernie Dahlin five years ago if he thought he’d be devoting his work life to salsa, he’d say you were crazy.

09/07/2017

DeRusha Eats: Inside The New Restaurant Alma

There is always a buzz inside the Alma compound, blocks from the University of Minnesota and the Mississippi River. There are scallops to be cooked and guests to be helped at this new, yet old restaurant.

08/17/2017

DeRusha Eats: OMC Smokehouse Is Great Minnesota Barbecue

When you think great barbecue, you might think Texas or Kansas City. But chef Louis Hanson wants you to think: Duluth, Minnesota.

08/10/2017

Highlights From Jason DeRusha’s Reddit ‘AMA’ On Bridge Collapse

On Tuesday, Jason DeRusha hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, where users asked him anything about the collapse and its aftermath.

08/01/2017

Chef Erick Harcey: Victory 44 Closing, Upton 43 Moving To North Loop

Erick Harcey has abruptly closed his north Mpls. restaurant after 10 years, and is closing his nationally-acclaimed Linden Hills restaurant in 2 weeks.

07/29/2017

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

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