Minnesota's Favorite Broadcaster & Food Critic

Jason DeRusha hosts the #1 Drivetime Radio News/Talk show in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Jason DeRusha On Air

He left a successful two decade TV news career to bring new energy to drivetime talk radio and podcasting. He won an Emmy for anchoring morning news and another for breaking news. He helped launch a news and lifestyle show “WCCO MidMorning” at 9am.An online innovator. A James Beard Award nominee for his television food reporting. And the food and dining editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine.

Listen live to Drivetime with Jason DeRusha from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on WCCO Radio or the Audacy app or subscribe to Drivetime on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Google Podcasts

This Marquette University political science/broadcast journalism graduate went from interning at ABC “World News Tonight,” to reporting/anchoring at KWQC-TV, WISN-TV, and WCCO-TV before moving to radio.

Jason’s first job was as a referee of a 4th grade basketball game. High School morning announcement guy. College TV station News Director. His TV career took him from an internship at ABC News’ investigative unit, to reporting and anchoring jobs at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and finally WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

At least a dozen Regional Emmy Awards. A national James Beard Foundation nomination for outstanding TV segment. 40 Under 40 from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Young Alum of the Year for the Marquette University College of Communication.

But the most important award is the trust of listeners, and readers – who count on Jason to help them jump-start every day.

What Others Say

“He remains fresh in nearly every medium — broadcast, magazine, or Twittersphere. Proof that this rising star’s career is no laughing matter.”

– City Pages, Best TV Newscaster 2014

“The king of Twin Cities social media…If you don’t see him at a major local event, wait five minutes.”

– Minneapolis Star Tribune

Regional Emmy Awards

  • 2020: Outstanding News Anchor
  • 2014, 2015, 2017 Daytime Newscast
  • 2014 Breaking News
  • 2014 DeRusha Eats: Lifestyle Feature/Segment
  • 2012 Good Question: Weather Reporting
  • 2011 Anchoring Weather Special
  • 2009 Online Personality
  • 2009 Health Reporting
  • 2004 Ongoing Feature Series