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: How Frequent Are Construction Accidents?

How often do construction accidents occur? Good Question.

08/26/2015

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Good Question: How Much Should Parents Help With Homework?

So, how much should parents help with homework? Good Question.

08/25/2015

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Good Question: What Is A ‘Market Correction’?

After another day of huge sell-offs on Wall Street, the Dow Jones is down 13 percent and the S&P 500 is down 11 percent from their highs back in May. That means it’s an official market correction.

08/24/2015

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Good Questions: Highways, Green Screens & Presidents

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers some of our viewers burning questions. This week, she’ll tell you about the names of highways, how green screens work and about the qualifications for the vice presidency.

08/21/2015

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Good Question: Why Are Minnesotans So Proud Of Their State?

So, why are Minnesotans so proud of their state? Good Question.

08/20/2015

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Good Question: How Will Population Growth Change The Planet?

What will the world look like in 2050? or 2100? Good Question.

08/18/2015

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Good Question: What Motivates Employees To Perform?

What motivates employees to perform? Good Question.

08/17/2015

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Good Questions: Moths, Crops, Dog Days Of Summer

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores moths, crops and the dog days of summer.

08/14/2015

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Good Question: What Is The Real Cost Of A Smartphone?

Verizon Wireless says it’s now joining the path other cellphone companies have already taken – no contracts.

The company announced Wednesday it will do away with two-year contracts that offer subsidies of hundreds of dollars on new phones.

08/13/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Bees Sting?

Why do bees sting? Good Question.

08/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Are Some Cancers More Deadly Than Others?

Why are some forms of cancer so much more deadly than others? Good Question.

08/11/2015

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Good Question: How Do We Pay For College?

According to Sallie Mae, the average American family will spend $24,164 this year on undergraduate college for 18-24 year olds. For four-year private institution, that number jumps to $41,875. For a two-year public college, it’s $13,531. So, how do we pay for college? Good Question.

08/10/2015

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Good Questions: The Vice President, Tornado Sirens & Seeing In The Dark

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers some burning questions from WCCO viewers. This week, she talks about seeing in the dark, the Vice President and tornado sirens.

08/07/2015

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Good Question: How Many Nuclear Weapons Still Exist?

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima 70 years ago Thursday. Estimates of causalities were anywhere between 90,000 and 160,000 people. It was the first nuclear weapon ever used, at a time when the United States was the only country with that capability. All of that has changed.

08/06/2015

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Good Questions: West St. Paul, Hiccups, Bumper Crops

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the origin of West St. Paul’s name, bumper crops and hiccups.

07/31/2015

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Good Question: Who Still Has A Landline Phone?

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

07/30/2015

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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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