Jason DeRusha Biography
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.
Jason Derusha Age
Born on January 24th, 1975.
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 of 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.
Jason Derusha Wife/Kids
Jason is married to Alyssa Bannochie whose a financial analyst. The two met while attending Marquette University. They have Two Kids together Seth and Sam.
Jason Derusha Career
Brown is best known in the Twin Cities market as the reporter who answers WCCO’s “Good Question” during the 10 o’clock news. She’ll continue that segment in addition to co-hosting MidMorning.
“As someone who worked at WCCO for a long time and then got the chance to step up and anchor a show, it’s so encouraging to see another great reporter and a colleague get the chance to shine,” DeRusha wrote on Facebook. “We have great people here. Heather Brown is going to be a terrific addition to MidMorning – I can’t wait!!”
MidMorning spent almost six minutes looking back at Brown’s best Good Question segments and asking personal questions of her during Wednesday’s show.
Brown moved to Minnesota from South Carolina in 2006 and then lived in New York City from 2010-2012, before returning to Minnesota.
Brown said on her Facebook page that the move to MidMorning is “an incredible opportunity to be able share your stories every day in a different, fun and smart way.”
Jason Derusha Photo
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Jason Derusha Eats
After completing a successful kitchen makeover, WCCO-TV’s Jason DeRusha shares what he learned during the process.
Set a budget, and make a list of priorities. You can always add to your budget if high-priority items require it — and you can afford it.
Be flexible. Especially when it comes to project timetable and completion. “Things will go wrong. Expect things to go wrong,” he said. “Don’t start a project thinking you have to get it done by a set date. A flexible schedule makes the process less stressful.”
Incorporate things you love, such as distinctive art and craft pieces. “You can find things that are inexpensive,” he said. “We didn’t have any money when we started buying art. It’s fun.”
Jason Derusha CO-host
There is a new co-host on WCCO MidMorning with Jason DeRusha.
DeRusha announced Wednesday that Heather Brown will take the co-hosting chair vacated by Kylie Bearse when she left for a new TV job in Colorado at the beginning of April.
Jason Derusha Networth/Salary
His Exact earnings and wealth are still under review thought it is believed that the American Journalists earns a top Percentile. His Wealth and Cars are also Still Under review though it is Estimated that Derusha has A Networth of Thousands or even Possibly Millions Much of this wealth has been Gained Through his Journalist Career.
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Jason Derusha Interview
Maple Grove Magazine: Who will play you in the movie of your life story, and why?
DeRusha: Arnold Schwarzenegger. My accent is exactly like his when I’m not speaking in my “TV Voice.”
MGM: Name your movie, please.
JD: Suburban Newsman 2, (everyone likes a sequel).
MGM: How do you keep your wit sharp?
JD: I have a fantastic grinding stone in my garage. I burn off steam by sharpening my wits late at night. Actually, I practice on my coworkers, who all are really sick of it and wish I’d be quiet.
MGM: What’s the strangest question you’ve been asked to answer for “Good Question”?
JD: Where does not come from.
MGM: What three adjectives describe you best?
JD: Sexy, sarcastic and sexy.
MGM: What’s the least flattering thing a viewer has said to you?
JD: In the aisle of a HyVee Grocery store in Davenport, Iowa: “You look much fatter in person.” Awesome.
MGM: What part of your job allows your inner Jason to break free?
JD: The web aspect of my job allows me to be myself. On my blog, I joke, I mock, and I say whatever (almost whatever) is on my mind. Frankly, I get to be myself on the air now that I do the “Good Question” segment. I used to have to conceal that more when I was doing general news.
MGM: If James Lipton was your interviewer on Inside the Actor’s Studio, which set of his questions would you love?
JD: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? (Professional wine taster)
MGM: What profession would you not like to attempt?
JD: Motorcycle-riding monster truck-jumper.
MGM: You were recently named one of the ideal dinner party guests by Mpls.-St. Paul Magazine. Now name your own six guests, and briefly tell why the mix works for you.
JD: one and two, Norm Coleman and Al Franken: I’d just like those to sit together and chat. I think I could take of this whole disputed Senate thing over dinner. No. 3 Don Shelby. Scratch that; he’d be the only one talking. Three, Jessica Alba: do I need to explain why she’ be invited. Four, Jim Surdyk: he owns Surdyk’s Liquor Store and would bring some awesome booze. No. 5, Diablo Cody: She wrote Juno in Minnesota. I’ve had drinks with her before she was big, and she’d help break some of the Coleman/Franken tension. And six, Joe Berglove: he’s my partner in putting together “Good Question” (the photographer) and is a great talker, a great party guest and he has the power to crush my career.
MGM: You’re a media favorite, admired by a local reporter for your on-camera skills and for your blog, started in 2005, which is sometimes laugh-out-loud material. Who is your favorite critic, and what have they said about you that makes you blush?
JD: Chuck Olsen, a local video-blogger, once wrote that “DeRusha has quickly become our generation’s Dave Moore. He effortlessly blends his traditional news background with a personable delivery. He’s in touch with what’s going on and what people are saying because he uses every new media tool imaginable. DeRusha is fresh, authentic and accessible like few on-air talents.”