Heather Brown

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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.

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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.

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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.

WCCO-TV–02/23/2015

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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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Good Question: Why Do Companies Give Raises?

On Thursday, Walmart announced it’s giving raises to 500,000 of its lowest-paid workers. Starting in April, employees will make $9 per hour, which is $1.75 more per hour than the federal minimum wage.

02/19/2015

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Good Question: What Causes Road Rage?

Why do we act differently when we’re behind the wheel? Good Question.

02/18/2015

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Good Question: What Are The Perks To Being President?

It might be one of the toughest jobs in the world, but it does come with some significant benefits. So, what are the perks of being the President of the United States? Good Question.

WCCO-TV–02/16/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Kiss To Show Affection?

This Valentine’s Day, you’ll probably be doing a little smooching.
But why do we swap saliva to show someone we love them? Why do we kiss? Good Question.

02/12/2015

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Good Question: How Many American Hostages Are There?

On Tuesday, the family of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller said it received confirmation via email that she had died. So, how many American hostages are there? Good Question.

02/10/2015

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Good Question: ‘Plus-Size’ Or Average Size?

This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue will include two models who considered are plus-sized by the fashion industry. So what are our average heights and weights, anyway? Good question.

WCCO-TV–02/09/2015

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Good Questions: Super Bowl, Social Security, Gas Gauge

Every Friday, we answer a few confounding questions submitted by our viewers. This week, Heather Brown takes a look at the Super Bowl’s viewership numbers, unused Social Security dollars, and the accuracy of gas gauges.

WCCO-TV–02/06/2015

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Good Question: How Do Our Memories Work?

NBC News anchor Brian Williams is being criticized after telling a story about being shot down in a helicopter while covering the Iraq war in 2003. He’s repeated the story several times since that time but admitted on Wednesday that it wasn’t true.

02/05/2015

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Good Question: What Kind Of Beer Do We Drink?

Craft beer has been growing dramatically, while the big players — like Budweiser — have faltered over the past decade. But what beers are Americans really drinking? Heather Brown answers this Good Question.

02/04/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use Less Sand On Roads?

Every winter, cities, counties and the state spend millions clearing our roads of snow and ice. Each method comes with costs and benefits, but crews have really cut back on abrasives. Over the past decade, there’s been a move away from spreading sand to cut down on the slippery spots.

02/03/2015

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Good Question: Why Is Our MNsure Open Enrollment Time Limited?

The deadline to enroll is MNsure is this Feb. 15. After that, you’ll have to wait to sign up until the next open enrollment period, which will likely be later this year.

02/02/2015

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Good Questions: RSVP Etiquette, Car Tabs, Stomach Gum

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the myth about gum’s durability in the human stomach, the source of car tab convenience fees and etymology of RSVPs.

01/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Do The Vaccinated Get Sick?

On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed that the U of M student sickened with measles had been vaccinated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control had reported six of the original 52 people who contracted the virus at Disneyland had gotten the shot as well.

So how can you get sick if you’ve had the vaccine? Good Question.
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the University of Minnesota student sickened with measles had been vaccinated.

01/29/2015

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Good Question: How Do We Save For College?

A government study found only between 3 percent to 7 percent of all families use a 529 account. So how do we save for higher education?

01/28/2015

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Good Questions: Super Bowls, Game Shows, & Uncle Sam

Every Friday, Heather Brown offers a few short takes on some of our viewers Good Questions. This week, she’s looking at game show winnings, Uncle Sam, and the Super Bowl.

01/23/2015

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Good Question: Is It OK To Bribe Your Kids?

It might be an M&M to sit on the potty, a little toy for behaving in Target or a dollar for 10 minutes of peace and quiet. Sounds like a negotiation you’ve recently had with your child? Well, we’ve all been there. But is it OK to bribe our children? Parenting expert Toni Schutta says it’s alright, but only under certain conditions.

01/22/2015

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Good Question: Why Has The Teenage Birth Rate Fallen?

In 2013, Hennepin County reported a 15 percent drop in the number of babies born to teenage mothers. Across the state, the decline was 9 percent and nationwide, it was 10 percent.

01/21/2015

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