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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.