More Than Just The News
Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor Jason DeRusha has spent his career bringing people the news. Chanda sat down with Jason to discuss the challenges media faced in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and throughout the pandemic. They also dive into how he was been impacted personally and professionally by covering pivotal moments in history.
Jason DeRusha filed his first report for WCCO-TV on April Fool’s Day in 2003. Since then, he’s earned 10 Emmy Awards, his food coverage was a finalist for Outstanding TV Segment in the prestigious 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 and WCCO Mid-Morning. He is also the station’s food reporter, producing “DeRusha Eats.” 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.
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. 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 and their kids Seth and Sam.