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 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 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 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.
Diane Yang may be small in stature, but she’s a big force in La Belle Vie’s kitchen. “This is my corner of the kitchen. It’s nice because we have the window,” Yang said. “We’re the only place in the kitchen that has a window, so it keeps us sane.” As executive pastry chef of the top restaurant in the Twin Cities, Yang and her team are setting the standard for desserts.
No one’s ever thought of eating at the airport as being anything other than fast and expensive. That is changing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, especially in Concourse G, where Delta Air Lines hired a company to completely re-do all of the restaurants.
Bloomington, Minnesota is well known for Mall of America and for being close to the airport. But when the WCCO This Morning’s dart landed on Bloomington, we looked to viewers for help on what to go see.
The jukebox in the corner of Wally’s Roast Beef is loaded with oldies, including the 1969 classic, “The Beat Goes On” by Sonny and Cher. It’s appropriate, since Wally’s first started serving their legendary roast beef in Bloomington in 1969.
All week, the WCCO Morning Show is highlighting entrepreneurs and small businesses in Minnesota. A Minneapolis woman owns her own computer consulting firm, but has a side business that is extremely spicy. Like most good ideas involving food, Heather Manley’s line of spice rubs started in her home.
The Super Bowl is unquestionably the biggest weekend of the year for chicken wings. This week in DeRusha Eats, we want you to meet a local chef who’s turned the humble wing into a culinary piece of art. Tucked away near 3M in Maplewood, D-Spot offers some of the best wings in town.
When Francine Weber opened Milton’s Vittles, Vino and Beer in suburban Crystal, Minn., she thought she’d open a fast casual soul food spot. Somehow the space she found and the response from the community changed things.
This Friday, Jan. 24 is National Peanut Butter Day. According to the National Peanut Board, it takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter, and Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
After the recent deep freeze, you might be dreaming of escaping Minnesota in favor of Hawaii or California. But brothers Chris and Andrew Ikeda did just the reverse, leaving those warm states to open a restaurant in their hometown of Minneapolis. This week, DeRusha Eats at Lake and Irving, where the Ikedas are bringing global influences to a local intersection.
The home organization series this week “New Year, New You” continues Thursday. and we’re taking you into the bedroom. It’s not like that, we’re getting organized. From the messes on the floors to our disastrous closet, Jason DeRusha let a professional organizer come to his home to find the tricks to fixing up yours.
Did you know January is National Get Organized month? This week, the WCCO Morning Show is focusing on what many of you listed as a top New Year’s resolution — getting organized — and how you can keep the trend going throughout 2014.
All week we’re unwrapping some of our favorite gift ideas for the holidays on the WCCO This Morning show. And Jason’s is an all-American story. He carries a bag every day made out of leather by the St. Paul company J.W. Hulm. It’s a company that’s growing in hiring.
It’s a quirk of the Twin Cities dining scene that there are only a couple seafood restaurants. The new seafood restaurant Union Fish Market in downtown Minneapolis is hoping to fill the void. That’s how Jason DeRusha got a taste of the delicious scallops in this week’s DeRusha Eats.
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.
All week the WCCO Morning Show is sharing its favorite family recipes in time for your Thanksgiving. Today we’re talking stuffing. Jason DeRusha’s mom does it one way, but his mother-in-law has a pretty big twist.