Heather Brown was happy to return to WCCO-TV in November 2012 after two years of reporting for WNYW-TV in New York City.
In the Big Apple, she primarily covered the New York City Public Schools, but had the opportunity to report on Hurricane Sandy, the 10th Anniversary of September 11th, as well as much of the breaking news an area of 19 million has to offer.
Heather had been at WCCO-TV from 2006 through 2010. Some of her most memorable stories have 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-TV in Columbia, S.C. There, she was fortunate enough to cover the 2004 S.C. Democratic presidential primary, report on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from Biloxi, and produce 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. Her mom, dad, 203-pound Great Dane Bart, and 60-pound Boxer Lily still live there. 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!)
There’s a good chance you’ll find Heather and her husband running the Chain of Lakes or hitting up fun restaurants around town. But, give her a good book in front a warm fireplace and she’ll disappear for hours.
Minnesota National Guard Sgt. Charles Freese is looking at a simulation of a map of Baghdad on a computer screen in a brand-new building in Minnesota. “Our mission here is just to fly along the route,” he said. “We’re looking for anything that looks suspicious. We’ve been tasked to basically make sure there aren’t any IEDs or unfriendly troops in the area.”
Drivers, and their wallets, have likely noticed the big 15 percent jump in gas prices this week. Some saw prices as high as $4.29 a gallon.
A new study from UCLA School of Law shows almost 5,000 same-sex couples are expected to get married in Minnesota over the next three years. That’s expected to bring $42 million into the state and local economies.
The new law means many same-sex couples can now tie the knot, but there are a lot of questions about how exactly that will work. Charlie Rounds and Mark Heimenz of St. Louis Park, Minn., are still having a hard time believing they’ll be able to get married.
The few seconds before the vote on the Freedom to Marry Bill was the only quiet moment heard all day at the Capitol. Soon after, the eruption of screams, hugs and tears were unleashed. Andie Schwartz was overwhelmed with joy after the vote. “I don’t even have words right now. I spent a long time wishing that I was the same as everyone else, and now I really am,” Schwartz said. I’m a real Minnesotan now.”
More than 1,000 people showed up at the state Capitol and some showed up as early as 7:30 a.m.
The Minnesota State Patrol had to put down two horses after they got away from their Faribault farm early Monday morning. They’d been trying to get the horses back onto their property when they say the situation just became too unsafe. But, as can be imagined, the horses’ owner is very upset.
Jeff Rogers places his American flag upside down to show what he calls the “tyranny of government.” He says his son Buford – or “Bucky” as he’s known – is part of the Black Snake Militia, and they just want freedom.
A 24-year-old Roberts, Wis., man is behind bars for allegedly setting fire to an elementary school on Tuesday.
Before firefighters had even put all of the flames out at St. Croix Central Elementary school, Paul Rode, owner of Agave Kitchen, put out the call on Facebook. He asked for books for his alma mater, which had been set on fire yesterday morning.
When the weather warms up, you know two things are on the horizon: Mosquitos and construction. Both are on target to begin soon.
On the first beautiful spring morning of the year, the Weigel family picked up trash along Highway 100 between Highway 62 and Benton Boulevard.
After a recent decision, beer and wine sales at Lake Harriet look more and more possible.
Jonathan Smith of Concept Landscaping is not going to wait any longer to start working on the lake. On Wednesday, he and his crew were on Spring Park Bay installing a new launch pad in the open water along the shore.
Jonathan Smith of Concept Landscaping is not going to wait any longer to start working on Lake Minnetonka.
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