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 Questions: Gas Prices, Mississippi Structures, Gray Hair

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores gas prices, strange structures in the Mississippi River and gray hair.

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Good Question: What Psychological Tests Do Pilots Undergo?

French authorities made a stunning announcement Thursday morning: They believe Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German co-pilot, deliberately crashed an airliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

03/26/2015

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Good Question: How Effective Are Lie Detector Tests?

Ten-year-old Barway Collins has now been missing for a week. On Tuesday, Crystal police called his father a suspect in the boy’s disappearance. They say he failed a lie detector test.

03/25/2015

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Good Question: How Is ‘Natural Born Citizen’ Defined?

Ted Cruz announced Monday he’s running for President of the United States. The U.S. Senator from Texas was born in Calgary and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was four years old.

03/24/2015

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Good Questions: Tax Returns, Unsold Girl Scout Cookies, Folding Hands For Prayer

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores tax returns, unsold Girl Scout Cookies and folding hands for prayer.

03/20/2015

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Good Question: Why Aren’t There More D-1 Minn. Schools?

Minnesota didn’t make it to the “big dance” this year, but three of the four Division 1 schools from Iowa did: Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. Our neighbor to the south has a little over half the population of Minnesota, but four times the number of D-1 schools.

03/19/2015

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Good Question: Why Can’t Minnesota Police Set Up Checkpoints?

Minnesota State Troopers arrested 94 people for drunken driving on St. Patrick’s Day. It was lowest number for the holiday in six years. Year-round DWI arrests across Minnesota are also down – for eight years straight – even though we are one of 12 states that don’t allow sobriety checkpoints.

03/18/2015

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Good Question: How Irish Are Minnesotans?

Though we like to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland, most Minnesotans originally came from Germany.

According to the 2013 American Community Survey, 34.3 percent claim German ancestry, followed by Norwegian (15.1 percent), Irish (10.6 percent), Swedish (8.1 percent), English (5.5 percent) and Polish (4.8 percent).

03/17/2015

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Good Question: Why Isn’t Seafood Considered Meat?

Each Friday during Lent, Catholics are supposed to give up meat, so many turn to fish. That had Chuck from Clearwater wanting to know: Why is fish not considered meat? According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs.

03/16/2015

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Good Question: Friday The 13th, Road Weight Restrictions, Fuzzy Microphones

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores Friday the 13th superstitions, road weigh restrictions and fuzzy microphones.

03/13/2015

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Good Question: What Happened To Boxing?

It’s a fight five years in the making that some say could determine the future of boxing. On May 2, the two biggest names in the sport will take the ring. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will duke it out for a payday of more than $120 million and $80 million, respectively.

03/12/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Delete An Email?

Hillary Clinton has spent the past week under scrutiny for using a personal email account while she was the U.S. Secretary of State. On Tuesday, she told reporters that she handed over about 30,000 work-related emails, but “chose not to keep” another 30,000 personal emails.

03/11/2015

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Good Question: Where Does All The Dust Come From?

It’s that time of year when we get way back in the nooks and crannies of our homes with a mop, or a cloth or a broom. It’s also when we find dust in places we’d long forgotten to clean. Daniel from Sauk Rapids has been doing some deep spring cleaning, so he emailed WCCO wondering: Where does all the dust come from?

03/10/2015

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Good Question: How Do Babies Survive In The Cold?

Often, we hear stories about children defying the odds, whether it’s spending overnights outside in the winter or surviving several minutes submerged underwater in icy lakes. So, are children just better at surviving the cold? Good Question.

03/09/2015

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Good Questions: Recycling, Sleet, Inflamed Vocal Cords

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores recycling protocol, sleet vs. freezing rain, and why your voice gets lower when you’re sick.

03/06/2015

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Good Question: Who Are Minnesota’s Top Employers?

Earlier this week, the CEO of Target announced the company would cut several thousand jobs over the next two years at its Minneapolis headquarters.

Right now, Target ranks fourth when it comes to the number of employees in Minnesota, according to Twin Cities Business Magazine.

03/05/2015

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Good Question: What’s Wrong With Antibiotics In Our Food?

McDonald’s announced Wednesday that it will phase out its practice of using chickens raised with human antibiotics over the next two years.

03/04/2015

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Good Question: Why Are The U.S. And Israel So Close?

President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have spent the past week in a very public disagreement about negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

03/03/2015

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Good Question: Where Do Our Immigrants Come From?

Some Republicans don’t want the President, among other things, to grant legal status to undocumented parents who have children born in the U.S. Where do our immigrants come from? And, how have those groups changed over time? Good Questions.

03/02/2015

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Good Questions: Water Towers, Creaky Cabins, Shivering

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores water towers, creaky houses and shivering.

02/27/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Our Noses Run In The Cold?

Most of Minnesota hasn’t gone above the freezing mark since Feb. 9, so anyone spending time outside might be feeling that drip, drip, drip from the nose. That had Carole from Hibbing wanting to know: Why do our noses run in the cold?

02/26/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Harm In Using Racial Descriptions?

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it will reduce the number of incidents it uses race to describe criminals.

02/25/2015

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Good Question: What Triggers An IRS Audit?

New numbers from the IRS show just 0.86 percent of tax returns are being audited, which is the lowest level since 2004.

02/24/2015

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Good Question: How Much Do We Pay In 401(k) Fees?

With almost $5 trillion in assets, 401(k) plans now account for nearly one-fifth of all retirement assets, but many of us have no idea how much it costs to fund those accounts. So, how much do we pay in 401K fees? Good Question.

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Good Questions: Toenails, Cranes, Sneezes

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores toenails, construction cranes and sneezing etiquette.

02/20/2015

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