|"I enjoy the energy of live TV and connecting to a large audience with information that affects them in many ways…from avoiding traffic jams to simply putting a smile on someone's face."|
Viewers can regularly see Rusty's traffic reports weekdays on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNING from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. You can hear Rusty Friday mornings on myTalk 107's morning show with Ian and Margery. Rusty's first job in TV was at 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, floor directing on the local program "Good Company". He expanded his presence on the show, often as guest host and filing stories. He began working as a reporter for 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in 1987. He provides a lighthearted, yet informative service for viewers. Rusty adds: "I hope to inform and entertain…to show a view of Minnesota life that they find interesting, important and fun. Having fun is important, too, you know".
In 2002, Rusty and the 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNING team received an Emmy Award and were named "Best Single Morning News Program" by the National Television Academy for their coverage of ABC's Good Morning America in Stillwater in April.
A Short Stop on the Way to Hollywood
Rusty has always had big ambitions. "I've always dreamed of being a Hollywood director, and I needed a bankroll to support my dream," says Rusty. "But 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS turned out to be a dream job. I still hope to write that award-winning screenplay someday, but I really enjoy the team I've been part of here."
Children Have a Special Place
His reports for "Thursday's Child" touch Rusty the most, however. Every Thursday on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS MIDDAY, Rusty profiles a local child that needs adoption into a loving home. Many new families have been forged as a result of these stories. "I enjoy my 'Thursday's Child' reports immensely," says Rusty. "It's a segment of our newscast that really does change peoples lives." In 2002, he received national recognition for his reports from the North American Council on Adoptable Children. The year 2000 marked the station's 20th anniversary of helping adoption families by featuring "Minnesota's Waiting Children" on "Thursday's Child".
Rusty grew up in Wayzata, graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and now resides in a Minneapolis suburb with his four children.