Heather Brown

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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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Good Question: What’s Going On With All The Ladybugs?

Over the weekend, you might have been hit by a swarm of ladybugs. They were at golf courses, parks or just hanging out on the outside of homes. There were so many outside on Saturday and Sunday that several of you emailed us wanting to know: What’s going on with all of these ladybugs?

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Good Questions: The Moon, Flags & Pepper Sneezes

Nine-year-old Lexi from Forest Lake asks: Why can you see the moon during the day? “My first reaction is, ‘Why not?'” University of Minnesota astrophysicist Terry Jones said. “It’s lit up by the sun and when it’s up in the sky, you can see it whether it’s day or night.”


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Good Question: How Do You Win A Nobel Prize?

What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Do Hate Crime Laws Work?

On Monday, the Red Wing City Council made a strong statement in support of the police. It passed a resolution saying it supports national efforts to make attacks on police officers hate crimes. So, how do hate crime laws work? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Do Insurance Companies Decide Who’s In-Network?

Starting next year, Walgreens will no longer be an in-network pharmacy for people with HealthPartners insurance. So how do insurance companies decide who’s in-network? Good Question.


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Good Questions: Chef’s Hats, Apples, The Speaker Of The House

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores chefs hats, apples and the speaker of the house.


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Good Question: Why Are People In Prison, And Who Are They?

Within the federal prison system, half of all prisoners are there for drug-related offenses, but the makeup of the state’s prisoners is much different. So, what crimes send people to prison? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Do Dryer Sheets Work?

Mike from Mound uses dryer sheets when he washes his clothes, but he emailed WCCO wanting to know if he’s just throwing pennies down the drain.



Good Question: What Are Our Social Media Privacy Rights?

On Monday, many Facebook users may have updated their statuses with messages about what information can and can’t be shared.


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Good Question: What’s Recyclable?

Estimates range from 2% to 10% of what people consider residential recycling can’t be recycled. Plastic bags, like those from grocery stores, are the number one culprit. Ziploc, bread and newspaper bags also fall in that category.


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Good Question: What Second Language Should Our Children Learn?

Language immersion programs have been growing in Minnesota as more and more parents want their kids to learn another language. There were fewer than 30 programs in the state just ten years ago, and now there are more than 70.


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Good Question: What Hooks Us On A TV Show?

Anyone who is addicted to a television show knows it usually doesn’t take too long to get hooked. Netflix now understands that even better after figuring out the exact number of episodes it takes to get people to watch a full season of its most popular shows.


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Good Question: Will We Need A New ID To Fly?

As early as next year, Minnesotans might need more than their driver’s licenses to board a plane.


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Good Question: What Are The Password Rules For Streaming Services?

During Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, host Andy Samberg gave out a working password to HBO Now, the cable network’s standalone streaming service. That password worked Sunday night, but was turned off by Monday morning. So, what are the password rules for streaming video services? Good Question.


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Good Questions: Presidential Debates, Fish Ages & Coach Uniforms

Patrick from Watertown watched the Republican primary debate this week, so he wants to know: Who pays for them? Each debate is sponsored, and those sponsors range from Facebook to Fox News to CNBC. This past Wednesday’s debate was sponsored by the Reagan Library Foundation and CNN.


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Good Question: How Are Minnesota’s Fire Departments Staffed?

The city of Brainerd is considering replacing its five full-time firefighters with a paid on-call staff headed by a full-time chief and deputy chief. City leaders say it could save $300,000 per year. But the group Minnesota Professional Firefighters says after factoring in training and unemployment, the savings would be far less.


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Good Question: What Is Diplomatic Immunity?

What is diplomatic immunity? Good Question.


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Good Question: Why Do CEOs Make So Much Money?

Why do top executives make so much? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Are Fantasy Sports Gambling Sites Legal?

ou’ve probably seen fantasy football sites like FanDuel or DraftKings advertising huge cash prizes. You pay to enter, and if you win, you get paid. If you lose, you lose your money. Sounds like gambling, right? It’s not. So, why are these sites legal? Good Question.


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Good Questions: Population Signs, School Bus Color & Cereal Boxes

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown answers questions about city population signs, school buses and cereal boxes.


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Good Question: Why Are Syrian Refugees Fleeing Their Homeland?

Since 2011, four million people have left Syria. So, why are so many trying to get away? Good Question.


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Good Question: Are Athletes Born Or Built?

After watching Venus and Serena Williams battle out a great tennis match Tuesday night, you have to wonder: How can two sisters be so good? How much is genetics and how much is practice?


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Good Question: How Much Do We Spend On Students?

How much do we spend on students? And where does all that money go? Good Questions.


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Good Question: Why Are There Sales On Holidays Like Labor Day?

All week long, television ads have declared “incredible Labor Day weekend events,” otherwise known as sales.


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Good Questions: Minnesota State Fair Edition

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown answers questions about the Minnesota State Fair’s vendors, butter sculptures and discounted passes.