“YPN5Q” is a weekly Q&A series spotlighting the state’s top young business and civic leaders and creative minds — professionals propelling change through entrepreneurship, the arts, public service, social media, and community involvement. This week, we hear from WCCO-TV reporter Jason DeRusha.
Name: Jason DeRusha
Residence: Maple Grove
Current job title: Reporter/Fill-in Anchor
Current employer: WCCO-TV
1. What are some things you do outside of your “day job”?
I write about restaurants for Minnesota Monthly, so I’m often trying new places in town with my wife. I host a lot of charity events — probably 4 to 6 a month. I have 2 young children so I spend much of my free time with them. I love to read (finishing “The Mockingjay” right now). I also love art, so you’ll see me checking out all of our great galleries.
2. If you weren’t working at your current position, what would you like to do?
There are lots of things I’d like to explore within the world of broadcasting: I’d love to host a radio show or a TV game show!
3. Where is a great place you’ve traveled to?
I absolutely love being a tourist in Chicago — I grew up in a suburb, but never really explored the city. The restaurants, theatres, clubs, and art are all top notch. Internationally: I really loved Venice, Italy. So romantic.
4. What’s the most fun thing you’ve ever done in the Twin Cities?
I got married at the Basilica in 1998. (My wife would kill me if I said anything else!) Afterwards, the whole wedding party went to the Sculpture Garden for a champagne toast using plastic cups from the Days Inn motel we were staying it. Class all the way.
Outside of that, the first time I took my two sons to Target Field was about the best “dad moment” I’ve had.
5. What’s something people wouldn’t guess about you?
I used to be a high school basketball referee… I had the Illinois High School Association patch, the Fox 40 whistle, and I did high school games as a side job. I’m quite fast at running backwards.
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