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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 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.
The wok never seems to stop at Lemon Grass Thai in Brooklyn Park. Ann Ahmed started cooking Pad Thai there in May 2005, and her team hasn’t stopped.
A balance of approachable, quick meals for families on the go, as well as higher-end choices for people looking to have a special occasion.
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.
Inside a modest Twin Cities home, in a very modest kitchen, Sarah Kieffer has created a chocolate chip cookie sensation.
The neighborhood took ownership of the underdog operation. And while the team figured out the business, the customers kept returning.
Regulars have been coming for almost 60 years, not just for dinner. Dan’s Bar is an anchor, defining family, defining New Trier.
The original concept was to use Danielle’s Bjorling love for baking and combine that with a wine bar/alcohol component.
Since Q Fanatic opened, it’s been on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and named best barbeque in Minnesota by WCCO viewers.
Long with a reputation for the worst food of any of the Twin Cities professional sports venues, Target Center is massively remaking its concessions by bringing in local restaurant partners and changing nearly every product available in general concessions.
It’s been a roller-coaster year for Twin Cities foodies, with many restaurants opening and nearly as many closing.
Urban Organics combines an aquaculture produce-growing operation with a hydroculture fish farming operation into one unified aquaponics farm.
They have an incredible number of products, being a younger company. Innovating, finding out what people want, staying in front of trends.
The Boat Club in Duluth makes it fitting that there’s now a lakefront restaurant focusing on fresh fish.
If you asked Bernie Dahlin five years ago if he thought he’d be devoting his work life to salsa, he’d say you were crazy.
There is always a buzz inside the Alma compound, blocks from the University of Minnesota and the Mississippi River. There are scallops to be cooked and guests to be helped at this new, yet old restaurant.
When you think great barbecue, you might think Texas or Kansas City. But chef Louis Hanson wants you to think: Duluth, Minnesota.
On Tuesday, Jason DeRusha hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, where users asked him anything about the collapse and its aftermath.
Erick Harcey has abruptly closed his north Mpls. restaurant after 10 years, and is closing his nationally-acclaimed Linden Hills restaurant in 2 weeks.
St. Paul Bagelry provides bagels for the company’s own locations, as well as wholesale bagels to co-ops and grocery stores all over the Twin Cities and outstate.
Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge provides a party outside on the wharf, elegant finer dining upstairs, and something in between in the middle.
When you’ve been making iconic candy for more than 100 years, it can be hard to innovate. There are only so many things you can do to a Nut Roll, or a Mint Patty. So Pearson’s decided to launch a new product line. And it’s delicious.
The Minnesota Zoo is adding a taste of the Australian Outback in a brand new exhibit, and also in their concessions operations.
Surly Brewing Company is closing its critically-acclaimed fine dining restaurant in the upper level of its Minneapolis Destination Brewery, Brewer’s Table, and Executive Chef Jorge Guzman is leaving the company.
It is Minnesota’s mushroom: prized by hunters who go to great ends to protect their secret spots. Morel hunting is an annual tradition not just by home cooks, but by some restaurant chefs too.
The tour covers a lot of ground geographically, and also historically.