Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned eight Emmy 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. and “WCCO News At Noon” with Jamie Yuccas. He is also the station’s food reporter, producing “DeRusha Eats” for WCCO Saturday Morning.
While at WCCO, he was among the first television reporters on the scene and on-the-air at the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. He’s covered flash flooding, tornadoes and school shootings. 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 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 serves as 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 joined Minnesota Monthly as a food/wine columnist in 2009, and now writes for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine as a contributing editor. 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.
When Chef Susan Dunlop and her partner in business and in life, Joan Schmitt, bought a former pizza place in St. Paul, they had to pick a name. “‘Joan’s In The Park’ sounds better than ‘Susan’s In The Park,'” Susan said.
It started as a joke, an offhanded remark about granola between an Ely man and his wife. Eight years later, that joke has turned into a full time job and a company with a name you won’t forget: Crapola.
A national semifinalist for best baker and an international competition winner, all tucked away in a South Minneapolis neighborhood. John Kraus is winning awards and has been winning over customers here for nearly five years.
This Saturday and Sunday is the Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience. Dozens of restaurants and more than a hundred wines will be featured, but that’s not all. Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas had the chance to test out five brands of Midwest hand-crafted Bloody Mary mixes.
With Sir Tyrone Guthrie overlooking the front door, it’s almost a given that every dish at Sea Change would be a little theatrical. Chef de cuisine Ryan Cook has worked in restaurants since he was a teenager — no fancy culinary school for him.
In a town where there’s a Juicy Lucy on almost every menu, Red Cow is going all-in on one 7-ounce hand-pattied burger. Luke Shimp created Red Cow in 2013. “When you do ‘em right, people just love it,” Shimp said.
On Valentine’s Day, Jason DeRusha turned his attention to chocolate. More so. That’s because one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America is right here in St. Paul.
In his restaurants, he was known for his incredible skill in creating delicious cured meats — salamis and coppas and sopressatas. Now, a local chef has created his own company hoping to create world-class charcuterie right here in the Twin Cities.
As a kid growing up in Edina, his dream was to be a rock-and-roll drummer. He didn’t quite make it. But, that’s a good thing for thousands of people who love wine.
The Super Bowl is just one week away, which means it is also just one week until an event that’s become a huge part of Super Bowl Weekend – Taste of the NFL. Taste of the NFL was founded by a Minneapolis bakery owner and restaurant guy when the Super Bowl was in Minnesota in 1992.
Minnesota is a state known for its large Native American population. But, can you name a single native restaurant? Not yet. A local chef who grew up on a Lakota Indian reservation is looking to change that.
It is the New Year, and folks are filling up local gyms. But did you know you can also fill up at many local gyms? At nearly 20 Life Time Fitness locations around the metro you can get in shape by working out on the machines and eating a nutritious meal at the café.
Earlier this week, WCCO showed your pick for the Best Juice Bar in Minnesota. No doubt in the coming days, you’ll hear from friends or family who are going on a juice cleanse for the start of the New Year.
We’ve got a little bit of a different Get Movin’ Monday for you this week. The holidays are pretty much over, you’re cleaning up from parties and perhaps starting to think about some projects around the house.
Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, so you know what that means! The champagne toast! But this year, why not step out of your comfort zone and try something different? Jason DeRusha visited World Class Wines and found easy ways to find the perfect bubbly, some even without breaking the bank!
This week, Jason DeRusha visited a neighborhood saloon that survived a renovation surprise that any homeowner can relate to. Jason DeRusha eats in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis at Tracy’s Saloon.
Minnesotans love Irish pubs, so Jason DeRusha took a drive to Maple Plain, Minnesota, and found a classic pub in an unlikely spot.
Half Time Rec is a St. Paul institution. It was even the backdrop for the movie “Grumpy Old Men.” This place defines dive bar. Scott and Steve Mars are the brothers who’ve tried not to mess this place up the past five years. “It is a dive bar, and we take pride in that,” Scott said. “We want to keep it a fun dive bar atmosphere.”
It’s the best time of the year if you’re looking for a great deal on restaurant gift cards. Spend $100, get $20. Spend $100, get $25. Spend $25, get $5. It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.
As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, a lot of us start thinking about baking. Many of us bake pies, cakes, cookies and other treats special for this time of year. That’s why Jason DeRusha headed to the western suburbs, just west of Wayzata, to try the Country Cake Cupboard Cafe.
The calendar may say fall, but the winter temperatures are clearly here. If you haven’t taken the time yet to get your house ready for what Minnesota winters bring, it’s not too late.
This week in DeRusha Eats, Jason DeRusha spent some time with world famous chef Marcus Samuelsson. He’s featured on the Food Network and was the chef at the Aquavit restaurant in the IDS Building in downtown Minneapolis from 1999-2003.
She was 12 years old, and like most 12-year-olds, she had a crush in her same grade. “I thought we loved each other. He just used me for what he wanted,” said Michaela Snyder, a Woodbury teenager, now a freshman in high school.
Not only is it one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in the country, but it’s also a great hometown success story. A kid from Bloomington, Minn. became a nationally-known cooking big shot in New York, but moved to Minneapolis to open his first spot.