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Heather Brown

Heather Brown loves to put her curiosity to work to answer your Good Questions on WCCO 4 News at 10. She returned to WCCO in October of 2012 after two years of reporting at WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York City. In the Big Apple, she primarily covered New York City public schools, but had the opportunity to report on breaking news, Hurricane Sandy and the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Flourtown, Pennsylvania
Alma Mater: Colgate University

FAVORITES
Music: Dave Matthews Band
Movie: The Sound of Music
TV Show: Fixer Upper
Book: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Food: Sushi and brownies
Local Restaurant: Zumbro Café
Hidden MN Gem: North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Sport/Exercise: Running
Historical Figure: Billie Jean King
Famous Minnesotan: My husband (he knows just about everyone in St. Paul)
Quote: “Nerds rule the world.” — my dad
Word: Mama
Vacation Spot: NYC
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Both
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Tea, every single time
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Goose

Heather Brown loves to put her curiosity to work to answer your Good Questions on WCCO 4 News at 10.

She returned to WCCO in October of 2012 after two years of reporting at WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York City. In the Big Apple, she primarily covered New York City public schools, but had the opportunity to report on breaking news, Hurricane Sandy and the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11.

Heather had been at WCCO from 2006 through 2010. Some of her most memorable stories included the destructive forest fires in the Boundary Waters, the Republican National Convention in St. Paul and the 35W bridge collapse. She also reported for CBS News on the historic flooding in Fargo and tornadoes in western Minnesota.

Before her journey to Minnesota, Heather worked at WIS in Columbia, S.C. There, she covered the 2004 S.C. Democratic presidential primary, reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from Biloxi and produced an award-winning education series that helped students get school supplies needed in many South Carolina classrooms.

Heather is a born-and-raised Philadelphia gal. She graduated with honors from Colgate University, so cold winters are nothing new! After college, Heather worked at CNBC in Los Angeles producing business news stories. She spent almost two years on the west coast before heading to Boston. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She’s proud of her Department of Natural Resources firefighting certification, participation in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program and nine marathons. (The 2010 Twin Cities race was her PR!)

On the weekends, there’s a good chance you’ll find Heather, her husband and their two kids exploring the lakes, parks and restaurants all over Twin Cities. But, give her a good book in front a warm fireplace and she’ll disappear for hours.

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If you’re buying a TV or a toy this holiday season, there’s a good chance you’re going to read an online review about it.

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Good Question: How Do Chip Cards Work?

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Good Questions: Thanksgiving Exhaustion, Black Friday & Venison

Every week, we answer your Good Questions. This week, Heather Brown investigates why turkey makes us sleepy, Black Friday shopping and deer meat.

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Good Question: How Are Christmas Trees Grown?

At Krueger’s Christmas Trees in Lake Elmo, four generations are working on the 35-year-old farm.

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Good Question: How Did Our Thanksgiving Food Come To Be?

Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie – those are likely some of the foods that will be on the Thanksgiving dinner table.

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Good Question: Why Is Minnesota Such A Turkey State?

If you’re going to eat turkey this Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance the bird was raised in Minnesota. For the past 13 years, Minnesota has ranked first in turkey producing and processing.

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Good Questions: Target’s Light Display, Tickling & Bugs

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Good Question: Why Is It So Hard To Quit Social Media?

Over the past few months, you may have heard friends declare, “I’m done with social media.” Then they post again the following day.

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If you look to the skies Monday night, there’s a chance you’ll see something that hasn’t happened since 1948 – a large supermoon. It’s 7 percent bigger and 14 percent brighter than the average full moon.

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How short should you cut your grass before winter? What happens to leftover campaign money? What would happen if you didn’t rake or mulch your leaves before winter?

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Good Question: Why Are We Seeing Frost If It’s Not Freezing?

The Twin Cities has broken the official record for the latest freeze — a temperature reading of 32 degrees at MSP Airport.

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Good Question: How Is A Law Repealed?

Throughout the campaign, President-Elect Trump promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. It now looks like that could happen.

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Good Question: How Much Should You Know Before Voting?

One expert says we often decide who to vote for with very little information, especially in more obscure races.

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Good Question: Why Doesn’t The Catholic Church Allow Women Priests?

Pope Francis told a group of international reporters today the ban on female priests will likely stay.

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Good Question: Why Don’t People Vote?

In 2012, 52 percent of American adults voted. That means almost half of people over age 18 didn’t cast a ballot during the last presidential election.

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