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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 Do We Stick To Traditions?

Why do we stick to traditions? Good Question.

12/24/2014

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Good Question: Why Do We Send Holiday Cards?

Every December, my husband Joe and I look forward to getting the mail. We’re suckers for Christmas cards. We love the letters from the dogs, the sweet note from Grandma and the pictures of all the kids we haven’t seen that year. “You don’t get mail anymore, you just get emails, so to have something to open that’s not a bill is just nice,” said Joe.

12/23/2014

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Good Question: Are We At The Peak Of Flu Season?

State health officials say they can’t remember the last time Minnesota has had such an early widespread flu.

12/22/2014

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Good Questions: Christmas Snow, Holiday Wreaths And Wrapping Presents

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the weather, holiday wreaths and gift wrapping.

12/19/2014

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Good Question: How Often Do Hackers Get Caught?

The White House said Thursday it believes “a sophisticated actor” with “malicious intent” was behind the Sony hack. But a White House spokesman said it won’t blame North Korea. Over the past few years, there have been several high-profile cyber crimes against large companies, including Target and Home Depot, that have resulted in little, if no, consequences for the criminals.

12/18/2014

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Good Question: How Many Of Us Get Flu Shots?

This year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year’s North American vaccine.

12/17/2014

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Good Question: Why Do Presidential Candidates Announce So Early?

On Tuesday morning, Jeb Bush announced on Facebook that he would “actively explore the possibility of running for President.” With 692 days until the 2016 race, he’s the first potential candidate to officially say he or she is thinking about running, even though there has been speculation about several others over the past year. So, why do candidates announce so early?

12/16/2014

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Good Question: Is Free Shipping Really Free?

With $61 billion of our online dollars up for grabs this holiday, many more retailers are offering free shipping this season.

12/15/2014

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Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO Structures

Good Questions: Plastic Recycling, Mileage Signs, LEGO structures

12/12/2014

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Good Question: What’s The Best Way To Combat Dry Skin?

We love our Minnesota winters, but we all know they come with a few side effects, like very dry skin. When the temperatures drop, so does the amount of water in the air, which can lead to flaky, itchy spots all over our bodies. So, what is the best way to combat dry skin?

12/11/2014

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Good Question: What Happens To Our Debt When We Die?

A new study from CreditCards.com found almost 1 in 5 people think they’ll never get out of the debt. That’s twice as many people who gave that same response last year. So, what happens to our debt when we die?

12/10/2014

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Good Question: How Has Air Travel Changed?

In March, Delta Airlines will start offering five different levels of pricing, ranging from a bare-bones “basic economy” all the way to an elite first-class “Delta One” ticket. It’s a far cry from the 1960s, when airlines used to print their prices weeks in advance. So, how has airline travel changed?

12/09/2014

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Good Question: Does Twitter Reflect Public Opinion?

When big news happens, it can seem like everyone flocks to Twitter. But, studies show only 19 percent of adults who use the Internet are on Twitter and only 3 percent use it regularly.

12/08/2014

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Good Questions: Gopher Trophies, Runny Noses & Bell Ringers

Dick from Stillwater asked: When was the last time the Gophers had possession of the Pig, Jug and Axe? Earlier this season, Minnesota beat Michigan to take the Little Brown Jug and Iowa for Floyd of Rosedale. If the Gophers beat the Badgers on Saturday, they will also be in possession of Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The last time that happened was 1967.

11/28/2014

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Good Question: What Happens To Our Bodies When We Eat Too Much?

You might as well get out the sweatpants right now, because we all know we’re throwing moderation out the door for Thanksgiving. The average person consumes about 4,000 calories on Thanksgiving, or twice what we eat on a daily basis.

11/26/2014

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