Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned five 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 reports “Good Questions” Monday through Thursday on WCCO’s 10 p.m. news, and he anchors Sunday nights at 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
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’s become a sought-after expert on the intersection of social media and journalism, with one blogger naming him one of the Top 20 Minnesota Social Media Innovators. City Pages named him Best Online Personality of 2008. 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 15 Regional Emmy Awards, and he’s won Regional Emmys for Anchoring coverage of the 2010 blizzard, Online Personality (twice), Health Reporting, and On-Going Feature Series. In 2007, he won the National Outstanding Media Award from FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) for his work with that organization.
In the Twin Cities, Jason serves as President of the Board of Governors of the National Television Academy. He also spends time mentoring future broadcasters.
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. His love for food and wine has led to his role as contributing editor at Minnesota Monthly, where he writes about suburban restaurants. He also files his popular “DeRusha Eats” restaurant reviews on our Saturday morning newscast.
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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Buying a gift for dad on Father’s Day is always the hardest of any holidays for me. There’s something about dads that can be challenging: my dad always says that he has everything, and he never has any good ideas of things he wants.
The food trucks are back on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Even though they usually open their windows at 11 a.m., the work starts early in the morning. You have to get up early to begin the day with with Christina Nguyen and Birk Grudem from Hola Arepa, and Natalie Coleman and her team from Dandelion Kitchen.
Think about Jamaican food, and you probably think about jerk chicken. It’s unique spicy flavor that comes from a rub or marinade, and from a special kind of wood that’s only being imported by one Twin Cities man.
For more than five years now, Jason DeRusha has helped us better understand everything from politics to Pinterest, the war on terrorism to Twitter. Jason was with the 10 p.m. news crew one last time Tuesday night to answer a final Good Question: What are your best Good Questions?
Poverty is growing faster in Twin Cities suburbs than in most areas of the country, according to a recent report.
In a Minnesota, there are a lot of us who love to sit by the lake and fish.
Each week, some of our best Good Question emails come from kids.
Managing money is the top thing couples fight about. And research shows that men and women have different habits, different styles of dealing with money.
Most of us don’t have a hard time finding the words to describe our feelings about the record-high gasoline prices facing Minnesota drivers. “Ridiculous” and “crazy” came from some gassing up in Uptown Minneapolis on Wednesday.
The skies turn gray. The lightning cracks. Thunder booms. For most of us, a fleeting moment of fear is as bad as it gets. “Even when there’s not a storm, [kids are] checking the weather, they’re feeling nervous if it gets overcast. That’s different,” said Dr. Steven Whiteside, a Mayo Clinic child psychologist who specializes in anxiety.
It’s important to remember that sometimes there’s nothing anyone could do. Tornadoes are powerful, and mysterious, and random. But many of you had good questions related to the tragedy in Oklahoma. Why aren’t there basements in Oklahoma? – Betty Cozatt. Nationally only 31 percent of newly constructed homes have basements.
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