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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From Cabin To Contemporary: Famous Dave’s New Look

Twin Cities-based Famous Dave’s has been in a free-fall: 6 CEOS over the last 6 years. But closing a bunch of money-losing locations and making some drastic changes at a north suburban test restaurant appears to be paying off.

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Sweet Tooth? Minneapolis Restaurant Only Serves Dessert

It feels fresh, and exciting and so does the menu. It’s divided by type of dessert, not by flavor profile.

08/02/2018

After Resisting The Taproom Trend, Summit Opens The Rathskeller

“It really is a personal experience for beer drinkers. They want to touch it and drink it and they want to be in the environment so to speak.”

07/26/2018

The Family Secret Behind Woodbury’s Oldest Restaurant

Ron and Ally Henry opened the pizza spot in 1973, when Woodbury was mostly made up of farm fields.

07/12/2018

Minn. Mother Makes ‘Craftmade Aprons’ For Sons & Chefs Everywhere

This is a story about a mom, her three sons who are all chefs, and an apron that’s made in Minnesota.

06/21/2018

Brooklyn Park Drive-In Like A Time Machine Trip

Picture a 1964 Pontiac, a hot fresh cheeseburger, and a uniformed employee hanging your tray on your driver’s side window.

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DeRusha Eats: Steel Toe Brewing Winning Prestigious Awards & Expanding

It is always busy in the small, industrial suburban Minnesota office park that houses Steel Toe Brewing, with bombers to fill, kegs to prepare and cans to deliver.

05/24/2018

Delivery-Focused ClusterTruck Arrives In The Twin Cities

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05/17/2018

From Zipp’s Liquors to Oregon’s Wine Country

This is a love story about a grape, a woman, and German wine. They all came together for Bill Hooper one night at the Turf Club in St. Paul about 15 years ago.

05/03/2018

DeRusha Eats: The Father-Daughter Duo Of Mpls’ Peppers & Fries

Burgers and burritos might not be the most logical pairing for a restaurant menu, but that’s exactly what’s on the menu at Peppers and Fries in Minneapolis.

04/26/2018

DeRusha Eats: T-Rex Cookie Café

If the half-pound cookies aren’t big enough, Tina Rexing has created a five-pound, $40 cookie.

04/19/2018

Mpls. Chef A Finalist For Nat’l Culinary Award With ‘Young Joni’

From an Ivy League education, to a career as a professional actor, to the chef and owner of three restaurants now up for the most prestigious award in the culinary world.

04/12/2018

After 20 Years, Oceanaire Still Serves Cities’ Special Occasions

Oceanaire was the first Twin Cities restaurant to really show that seafood can be fantastic in the middle of landlocked Minnesota.

04/05/2018

DeRusha Eats: Smokey’s Pub N Grill In Coon Lake Beach

The brisket is smoked for anywhere between 10 and 12 hours, but the secret seasoning is where it’s at.

03/22/2018

DeRusha Eats: Xavi Restaurant In South Mpls.

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03/16/2018

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best St. Patrick’s Day Parade In Minnesota

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03/15/2018

James Beard Award Finalists Announced, Include Notable Minn. Chefs

The James Beard Foundation has announced the finalists for this year’s awards, and they include some notable Minnesota chefs.

03/14/2018

DeRusha Eats: Better Beef At Gianni’s Steakhouse

Great steaks start with great beef, and one Wayzata chef knows his way around beef.

03/08/2018

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Friday Fish Fry In Minnesota

Although popular at many bars and taverns, your votes sent Jason DeRusha to St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in Minneapolis.

03/01/2018

WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best Snowmobile Club In Minnesota

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02/22/2018

The Local Irish Pub Celebrates 20 Years In Downtown Minneapolis

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02/22/2018

DeRusha Eats: Twin Cities’ 10 Best Friday Fish Fry Options

Avoiding meat on Friday is supposed to be a sacrifice for a good Catholic like me, but some absolutely love fish-fry Friday.

02/16/2018

DeRusha Eats: Pajarito In St. Paul

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02/08/2018

DeRusha Eats’ Guide To Super Bowl Week Food Events

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01/26/2018

‘Careful & Confident’: Vikings Fans Invade Philly For NFC Championship

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01/20/2018

DeRusha Eats: The Naughty Greek’s Gyro

“You get the Greeks that live here, they come to me and are like, ‘Finally, we’re actually having a real gyro, and thank you for that.'”

01/18/2018

Monte Carlo’s Longevity Due To More Than Just Great Wings

In a time where foodies chase the newest restaurants and the coolest place to take an Instagram picture, the Monte Carlo Bar & Grill has stood the test of time.

01/11/2018

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12/21/2017

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10/26/2017

DeRusha Eats: Q Fanatic

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10/12/2017

Parlour Burger, Lord Fletchers’ Walleye ‘Wich Coming To Target Center

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