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: Who Still Has A Landline Phone?

Voicemails and landlines are going the way of dial-up.

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Good Question: Why Are We So Passionate About Animals?

For the past two days, Cecil the lion’s story has been told over and over across the world. On Wednesday, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that if Dr. Walter Palmer illegally killed the animal, he needs to be “extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged.” That’s extreme, but many people are outraged.

07/29/2015

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Good Question: Which Exotic Animals Can Be Hunted?

A Minnesota dentist is apologizing for killing a lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Dr. Walter Palmer said he thought the hunt was legal, but two guides are facing criminal charges for poaching because of where the lion was killed. The story has generated lots of anger and vitriol against the dentist across social media.

07/28/2015

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Good Question: How Do Polls Work?

The first Republican debate for President is less than two weeks away and sixteen candidates will be vying for ten spots. The people who make it to the stage will be determined by the average of five national polls. So, how do polls work? Good Question.

07/27/2015

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Good Questions: Muscles, Corn & More

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a moment to answer some of your Good Questions that may have slipped through the cracks. This week, she’s checking the weather, getting corny, and listening to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical.”

07/24/2015

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Good Question: What Is The Dew Point?

You have heard the saying a million times: It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. That will certainly be the case Friday, when dew points are expected to be in the 70s. So, what is dew point? Humidity is moisture in the air and there are two ways to measure it. One is dew point and another is relative humidity.

07/23/2015

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Good Question: How Many People Still Wear Watches?

Apple is placing a big bet on the idea that we’ll all be wearing our technology in the near future. But on its earnings call Tuesday, the company was mum when it came to how many Apple Watches it’s sold.

07/22/2015

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Good Question: Why Are Political Novices Attractive Candidates?

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Donald Trump leads Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by more than 10 points.

07/21/2015

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Good Question: How Do Crews Get The Power Back On?

As of late Monday afternoon, all the Xcel Energy customers in Metro area affected by Friday night’s storm had their power restored. So, how do crews get the power back on? Good Question.

07/20/2015

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Good Questions: Snooze Alarms, Fruit Flies, & Wet Lawns

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the burning questions our viewers have. This week, Heather Brown hits the snooze button, waters the lawn and swats away a pesky household pest.

07/17/2015

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Good Question: Why Does Pluto Matter?

On Wednesday afternoon, NASA released a series of photographs of Pluto that show ice mountains as high as the Rockies. Those pictures came from an unmanned spacecraft that took nine-and-a-half years to make the three-billion mile trip to the dwarf planet. The cost was $720 million dollars, but experts say the benefits are far more than that. So, why does Pluto matter? Good Question.

07/15/2015

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Good Question: Where Do We Typically Shop?

Starting at midnight Wednesday, Amazon will be offering huge discounts on 1,000 items to its Prime members. The online retailer has deemed Wednesday, July 15, Prime Day. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is responding with deals on 2,000 of its items.

07/14/2015

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Good Question: How Many Homes Have Air Conditioning?

If you hadn’t turned on your air conditioner yet this summer, there’s a very good chance you did this past weekend. Over the past generation, air conditioning has become the standard for all new homes. In fact, 91% of homes in the Midwest have some kind of AC. So, who doesn’t still have air conditioning? Good Question.

07/13/2015

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Good Questions: Mosquito Food, Uptown & Hat Tricks

Wade from Brainerd is already tired of mosquitoes this summer, but he still wants to know: What do mosquitoes eat? According to the American Mosquito Control Association, only females feed on blood because they require the protein to produce eggs.

07/10/2015

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Good Question: How Much Do We Work?

When it comes to our jobs, how much do we work?

Depending on the source, the average American full-time worker is working 42-and-a-half to 47 hours a week.

07/09/2015

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Good Question: Who Decides To Halt Trading?

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange was halted for three-and-a-half hours on Wednesday due to a technical glitch. That’s the longest period since the four-day shutdown after 9/11. So, who decides who shuts down the NYSE? Good Question.

07/08/2015

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Good Question: What Are Quaaludes?

What are Quaaludes? Good Question.

07/07/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Water Levels Rise So High During Storms?

Strong storms rolled through Minnesota Sunday night and dumped two to four inches of rain across the Metro. That water raised parts of the Mississippi River seven inches and some sections of Minnehaha Creek about two and half feet.

07/06/2015

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Good Questions: Cold Beverages, Street Names, Currency Faces

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the taste of icy beverages, the naming of streets, and the facial fluctuations of American currency.

07/03/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day On July 4?

The Fourth of July is the celebration of America’s independence, but here’s a little known fact: We didn’t actually declare our independence on that day.

07/02/2015

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Good Question: What Is A Typical Raise?

Most of us will never see a raise of 25 percent in one year, but that’s what happening for some Minnesota commissioners. Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs to give higher salaries to retain good leaders.

07/01/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Ignore The Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is now a fundamental right for same sex couples. Almost immediately, public officials weighed in saying county and state workers could refuse to hand out those licenses based on their religious beliefs.

06/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Need A Leap Second?

Tuesday is going to feel to just a tiny bit longer. Just before midnight Coordinated Universal Time – or 7pm Central time – exactly one second will be added to our clocks. So, why do we add time? Good Question.

06/29/2015

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Good Questions: Salad Forks, Fair Food Flops & Seedless Watermelons

Mike from Park Rapids wants to know: Why are salad forks smaller? Though forks were around in the 15th century, they didn’t become popular or affordable until the 19th century, when silver plate technology was invented.

06/26/2015

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Good Question: Who’s Using Obamacare & How Much Money Are They Getting?

Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means millions of Americans can still get tax credits to buy health insurance. The court ruled in favor of allowing states like Wisconsin, which never set up its own marketplace, to continue to offer financial assistance for health insurance.

06/25/2015

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