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Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned eight 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.
Twin Cities-based Kaskaid Hospitality is in the middle of some major changes. The company behind Crave is expanding to Las Vegas in the next couple weeks, and thus is remaking menus at all of its restaurants.
A change in state law has led to a major change in the way Minnesota rewards people who put solar panels on their homes. Instead of giving a rebate when you install, you get money for producing power.
If you ask an east coast native about Twin Cities bagels, you’re probably going to get a violent reaction. But instead of complaining, two sisters decided to start boiling and baking their own bagels. And that makes a difference, as Jason DeRusha found out.
Whether you’re in an apartment or a regular home, that spot right by the door can often be a mess. There’s coats everywhere and shoes all over the floor. It can be pure chaos. Now that the kids are back to school with their backpacks, it’s time to focus on cleaning this week for Get Movin’ Monday.
The Kenwood in Minneapolis looks and feels like its namesake neighborhood: elegant, understated and comfortable. Jim Smart designed the eatery, which is just one of his more than 320 restaurants around the country.
Look closely on dozens of Twin Cities menus and you’ll find the fish from Star Prairie Trout Farm — just 45 minutes from our downtowns. Besides their commercial fishing operation, they have ponds where anyone can fish. My morning show co-anchor, Jamie Yuccas, had more success than I did at fishing.
Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.
It’s not just what bacon and what muffin you’re going to use for your breakfast sandwich. The uniform choice and the building design also matter. Blue Barn is the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Group, says they’ve been trying to get into the fair for almost a decade. She tried to get in last year, but Mancini’s ended up winning the old Pizza Palace.
We’ve all been there: we meant to order one thing, and instead we get something else. A Twin Cities Chef had that happen with hot peppers, but he turned that mistake into a growing business. This week Jason DeRusha Eats Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce.
Eva Duckler, 17, has had a busy summer doing normal teenage stuff. You know, like graduating from high school, building a bottling line and launching a root-beer brand. “I’ve been trying root beer since I was really young, probably tried hundreds of root beers,” Duckler said.
She took her mom’s pie crust recipe and created something totally different with it: A hand pie with a unique twist. In this week’s DeRusha Eats, Jason checked out Sara’s Tipsy Pies and we find out where to get our hands on them.
There is a small, but growing, movement of Americans who are making their own crafts and goods again. J. W. Hulme, the St. Paul leather-goods company whose gained attention in fashion magazines ad Hollywood for their makers handcrafted handbags and briefcases.
On a hot summer day it’s the perfect day to let your grill do the work and slow roast some ribs. Or if you don’t want to be by all that slow, low heat, maybe you want to head to Mystic Lake for their Great Midwest Rib Fest competition.
This weekend it’s Prior Lake and Milaca, next weekend it’s the huge Uptown Art Fair. It can be so fun, but also a little overwhelming either in cost or how you make that new artwork, work in your home.
Daniel Winer drinks a glass of home-pressed vegetables every day. He has a vested interest, after all, as the CEO of JuicePresso. “I’m not a huge believer in skipping all your meals like some people say. I like to think of it as an addition, or if you do one meal,” Winer said.
It’s a strange sight as you head towards the gate in concourse G at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Executive Chef Sara Johannes is at the wok inside Shoyu, which is not your standard airport restaurant. She says a lot of chefs probably think that working at an airport is not the best gig.
There’s a certain expectation that comes with food at a bowling alley. But Pinstripes in Edina isn’t that at all. Chef Nelson Pinos runs an all-scratch kitchen. They even make the pasta in house. “We’re not [just] a bowling alley, you know,” Pinos said.
Many of us over the next week will have backyard parties or picnics to celebrate the 4th of July. And while dining outside tends to be a bit more casual, how would you feel about serving boxed wine? For DeRusha Eats, Jason DeRusha is giving you show how boxed win has changed for the better!
For many of us in the Midwest lobster is a fancy, special occasion food. But that has changed in the Twin Cities, thanks to one food truck that’s become one hot restaurant. This morning Jason DeRusha Eats in the busiest neighborhood for food, at one of the busiest restaurants: Smack Shack.
This morning, we’re talking about getting movin on changing up the interior of your home. So many of us get stuck in a rut and it can be scary to introduce a crazy, wild color.
Old Country Buffet was in bad shape. Stores were closing, and the company was filing for bankruptcy. Then came new CEO Anthony Wedo. “We haven’t done a facelift even for 30 years in this business,” Wedo said. “If you wore the same clothes you wore 30 years ago, you’d be in trouble, right? I mean, you’d stand out in the wrong way.”
They’ll forgive you if you carry a stack of letters into The Postmark Grille in Hudson, Wis. “They love how we kept a lot of the characteristics of the building,” said manager Erica Schletty.
Mark Reese of B-52 Burgers and Brew knew he made a great burger. But competing against The Nook, MyBurger and The Gold Nugget? “It was very intimidating,” Reese said. But a panel of chefs and food critics judged the B-52 burger as the best in the Twin Cities Burger Battle.
It looks like every other grocery store from the outside. But for nearly 40 years, Valley Natural Foods has been doing things differently inside. Kirsten Shabaz is the co-op’s “Fresh Food Educator.” “You wouldn’t be able to walk into a big-box store and find dandelion greens or even ramps probably for that matter,” Shabaz said.
How much of your personal information are you willing to give up, to get a deal? It’s a question worth asking as more and more stores tap into technology to track our cell phones.