Jason DeRusha Biography
Jason DeRusha is an American Emmy Awards-winning news anchor who anchors WCCO-TV This Morning, MidMorning, and covers food stories. He joined the station on April Fool’s Day in 2003.
DeRusha attended Marquette University where he graduated from the Honors program with political science and broadcast communication degrees, magna cum laude.
Jason DeRusha Career
Since joining WCCO, DeRusha has earned nine Emmy Awards, the Jaycees named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, his food coverage was a finalist for Outstanding TV Segment in the prestigious national James Beard Awards, and the city of Minneapolis proclaimed September 21 “Jason DeRusha Day.” No fooling.
At WCCO, DeRusha co-anchors WCCO This Morning weekdays from 4:30 a.m. until 7:00 a.m., and WCCO Mid-Morning from 9 to 10 a.m. Additionally, he is the station’s food reporter, producing “DeRusha Eats”.
While at WCCO, DeRusha was among the first television reporters on the scene and on-the-air at the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. DeRusha answered, “Good Question” for 5½ years. In 2013, DeRusha 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.” In 2012, Marquette University named him the Young Alumnus of the Year.
Prior to joining WCCO, DeRusha spent three years as a reporter at WISN-TV in Milwaukee. Before that, he anchored the weekend news at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, reported for WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois, and interned at “ABC World News Tonight” in New York.
Throughout his career, DeRusha has been nominated for more than 20 Regional Emmy Awards, and he’s won Regional Emmys for Anchoring WCCO This Morning, reporting his DeRusha Eats segment, for breaking news coverage, and the Good Question segment.
In the Twin Cities, he is a past-President of the Board of Governors of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. DeRusha is a frequent speaker and host for charity fundraisers.
Additionally, DeRusha is a frequent fill-in host at WCCO Radio and has been writing for Minnesota regional magazines since 2009. He is currently the food critic for Minnesota Monthly. He is a glass art collector, and he’s been a judge for the Uptown Art Fair. DeRusha has also tried to blow a couple of glass art pieces, with limited success.
Jason DeRusha WCCO-TV
DeRusha works at WCCO-TV where he works alongside other famous WCCO-TV anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- Esme Murphy
- Mike Max
- Chris Shaffer
- Amelia Santaniello
- Heather Brown
- Jennifer Mayerle
- Mike Augustyniak
- Ali Lucia
- David Schuman
- Lisa Meadows
- Katie Steiner
- Erin Hassanzadeh
- Liz Collin
- Frank Vascellaro
Jason DeRusha Age
He was born on January 24, 1975, in Des Plaines, Illinois, United States. He celebrates his birthday on 24th January every year. DeRusha is 47 years old.
Jason DeRusha Height
DeRusha stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Jason DeRusha Family
DeRusha has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed any information about his parents. It is also not known if DeRusha has any siblings.
Jason DeRusha Wife
DeRusha is married to Alyssa Bannochie who is a financial analyst and a Wayzata High graduate. The two met in Milwaukee where they were both attending Marquette University. The family resides in Maple Grove with their sons Seth and Sam.
Jason DeRusha Net Worth
DeRusha has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned through his career as a news anchor.
Jason DeRusha Salary
According to reliable sources, DeRusha earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $110,500.
Jason DeRusha Awards
- 2015 James Beard Foundation Award Finalist, TV Segment
- 10 Regional Emmy Awards for breaking news, best newscast, among other reporting categories
- 2013 40 Under 40, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
- 2012 Marquette University College of Communication Young Alumnus of the Year
- 2009 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans, Jaycees