Heather Brown loves to put her innate 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!)
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.
The Adrian Peterson case has opened up a national conversation about how to respond when a child misbehaves. On Monday, Peterson released a statement saying in part, “I’m not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”
Now that the Vikings and Gophers both play at TCF Bank Stadium, grounds crews are working hard to make sure the turf is painted properly for the right game. Over the course of the season, they’ll have to flip the field 17 times. Several people have emailed WCCO wondering how this even happens.
Why do so many people want to be first when buying luxury goods like the new iPhone?
James from Apple Valley asked: Why are potato chip bags so full of air? Frito-Lay, the largest of the chip makers, says the following: “Our chips are packaged by weight depending on bag size. Prior to sealing, we add air to the bags to cushion the chips and help prevent breakage.”
We all know why food has expiration dates, but did you know car seats and bike helmets do as well? After Heather from Richmond had a baby, she saw the date on her car seat and wanted to know what it means.
Throughout his speech Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama referred to the militant terror group as ISIL. But, often, the media refers to that same group as ISIS or the Islamic State.
Back in May, Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault. As a first time offender, he avoided jail time, but was ordered by the court to undergo counseling.
It only took 45 minutes this afternoon for Olive Garden to sell out of its $100 passes for all-you-can eat pasta and Coke for seven weeks. The Italian chain says it’s a way to get attention at a restaurant whose business is trying to keep up with fast casuals, like Chipotle and Panera. So, how often do we go out to eat?
Each Friday, we like to answer some of the Good Questions you’ve emailed us. Joanne from Woodbury has family allergic to ragweed. So, she wanted to know: What does it look like?
On Sunday, naked photos of some big-time female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, were leaked online. They were reportedly stolen after someone targeted into the stars’ individual iCloud accounts. These incidents have opened up a debate about whether what we put on the cloud is safe.
In 2011, Major League Baseball and the players’ union came to an agreement: For the most part, players wouldn’t use chewing tobacco where fans can see them. So, while some players still dip, many have turned to sunflower seeds and chewing gum. Outfielder Chris Colabello estimated 70 percent of Twins players chew seeds or gum during the games.
Whether it’s an old favorite or a new treat, food is a big part of the State Fair experience. Sunday night, Heather Brown learned the secret to a Mexican favorite with a Minnesota twist, the Tejas Burrito.
Pronto Pup versus corn dog? White milk versus chocolate? Those are just a few of the things you wanted to know about this week.
This time of year, we think a lot about putting our kids to sleep on time, but what about the adults? Do they have an ideal bedtime?
Ten years ago, 36 percent of retail purchases were paid in cash. Today, that’s dropped to 29 percent, and if this trend continues over the next generation, it could fall to 10 percent.