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: 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

CorePower Yoga Creates New Class For Beginners

If you don’t know your warrior pose from your downward dog or your Sun Salutation from your Namaste, a new class may be just right for you.

01/06/2017

DeRusha Eats: Cossetta’s Italian Empire

It’s become an empire: a more than $10 million expansion in 2013 created more than 1,000 seats inside.

01/05/2017

DeRusha Eats: 2016 In Review

The big wins of 2016 were all about casual dining with big flavors and big heart.

01/03/2017

DeRusha Eats: 2016 Highlights

Here are three highlights from Jason DeRusha’s year exploring everything culinary that Minnesota has to offer.

01/02/2017

DeRusha Eats: New Year’s Eve Champagne Picks

On New Year’s Eve, there is one choice of drink, and that choice comes with lots and lots of bubbles.

12/29/2016

DeRusha Eats: Mucci’s Italian

Owner Tim Niver named his restaurant after his mom, Audrey Mucci. Italian food is always personal, and with that can come strong expectations.

12/22/2016

DeRusha Eats: New Book ‘Coffee Culture’

The book focuses on 33 coffee shops all over the country, all innovative roasters who are doing cool things with design.

12/15/2016

DeRusha Eats: Vine Park Brewing Company

Have you thought about brewing your own craft beer or maybe you want to try your hand at wine-making? You don’t have to just think about it, there’s a brewery in St. Paul where you can use their equipment and get their help.

12/08/2016

DeRusha Eats: Baking Bread With David Fhima

Baking the perfect bread isn’t really that difficult: it’s water, flour and, if you’re Chef David Fhima, it’s a starter dough that’s been passed down for generations.

12/01/2016

Best 2016 Holiday Restaurant Gift Card Deals In Minnesota

It’s the perfect way to say “thank you” to coworkers, or your babysitter, or a great gift for family and friends.

11/28/2016

Mario Lucia Talks Life With Iowa Wild, Growing Up In Hockey Family

Like so many Minnesota kids, Mario Lucia could lace up his skates in his sleep.

11/22/2016

DeRusha Eats: Great Wines To Try On (Or Before) Turkey Day

It’s the time of year we start popping corks, looking for the perfect wine to go with our Thanksgiving turkey.

11/17/2016

DeRusha Eats (Well, Not This Time Actually): Delicacies Jewelry

Just like the current trend in restaurants: the ingredients for these bracelets are all whole, simple ingredients.

11/10/2016

DeRusha Eats: Upton 43

A Minneapolis restaurant has been named one of the 21 best new restaurants in the country. People already are flying in from around the country to visit Upton 43.

11/03/2016

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