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: Cold Beverages, Street Names, Currency Faces

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the taste of icy beverages, the naming of streets, and the facial fluctuations of American currency.

07/03/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day On July 4?

The Fourth of July is the celebration of America’s independence, but here’s a little known fact: We didn’t actually declare our independence on that day.

07/02/2015

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Good Question: What Is A Typical Raise?

Most of us will never see a raise of 25 percent in one year, but that’s what happening for some Minnesota commissioners. Gov. Mark Dayton said he needs to give higher salaries to retain good leaders.

07/01/2015

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Good Question: What Happens When You Ignore The Supreme Court?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that marriage is now a fundamental right for same sex couples. Almost immediately, public officials weighed in saying county and state workers could refuse to hand out those licenses based on their religious beliefs.

06/30/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Need A Leap Second?

Tuesday is going to feel to just a tiny bit longer. Just before midnight Coordinated Universal Time – or 7pm Central time – exactly one second will be added to our clocks. So, why do we add time? Good Question.

06/29/2015

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Good Questions: Salad Forks, Fair Food Flops & Seedless Watermelons

Mike from Park Rapids wants to know: Why are salad forks smaller? Though forks were around in the 15th century, they didn’t become popular or affordable until the 19th century, when silver plate technology was invented.

06/26/2015

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Good Question: Who’s Using Obamacare & How Much Money Are They Getting?

Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means millions of Americans can still get tax credits to buy health insurance. The court ruled in favor of allowing states like Wisconsin, which never set up its own marketplace, to continue to offer financial assistance for health insurance.

06/25/2015

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Good Question: How Many Steps Should We Be Taking Daily?

As more and more of us are wearing our health technology on our arms, it is become easier to figure just how much we are exercising. You have likely heard the new magic number of how many daily steps we should be taking is 10,000, but it turns out that number is not new — and it is also somewhat arbitrary.

06/24/2015

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Good Question: What Are The Northern Lights?

On Tuesday, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is expected to give us a second night of a beautiful light show. But what exactly are we seeing? What are the Northern Lights? Good Question.

06/23/2015

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Good Questions: The Taste Of Water, Wi-Fi’s Meaning, & ‘O’Clock’

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a moment to answer some of your various Good Questions. This week, she looks at a timely colloquialism, the flavor of nothing, and a word that stands for, well, you’ll find out.

06/19/2015

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Good Question: What Do We Need To Know About Sunscreen?

A survey out of JAMA Dermatology found many people don’t understand the information on sunscreen labels – like what SPF means, what the sunscreen protects people against and how much sunscreen people should use.

06/18/2015

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Good Question: How Often Do Former Prisoners Re-Offend?

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) conducted a five-year study of 404,639 prisoners from 30 states that was released in 2005. Within three years, 67.8 percent of them had been arrested again. By five years, that rate jumped to 76.6 percent.

06/17/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Spend Less Money On Father’s Day?

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $13 billion on Father’s Day this year. It seems like a lot, but it is just a fraction of the $21 billion we were expected to spend on Mother’s Day.

06/16/2015

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Good Question: Are Stadium Naming Rights Worth It?

U.S. Bank Stadium. It might now quite roll off our tongues, but we’ll soon be used to saying it. The country’s fifth largest bank announced today it’ll pay the Vikings over 20 years to have its name on the stadium. So, are naming rights worth it?

06/15/2015

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Good Questions: National Anthem, Flu Names & Lakes

Gaylene from St. Paul asks: Why do we put our hands over our hearts during the national anthem? It is actually part of United States law. The U.S. Flag Code was adopted in 1923, and it says when the flag is present during the anthem, veterans and members of the Armed Forces should give the military salute.

06/12/2015

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Good Question: Why Do Telemarketers Still Call?

In 2014, almost 50,000 Minnesotans complained to the Federal Trade Commission about telemarketers and robocalls. These people are on the Do Not Call List, but are still being interrupted by the ringing phone.

06/11/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Use The Numbers 911 For Emergencies?

Every day, 650,000 people call 911. For some of us, it is the first phone number we learn. It has become such a part of our lives that we even hear stories of 3-year-olds using it to get help. So, that had Kendal and her great-aunt Cathe wondering: Why do we use the numbers 911?

06/10/2015

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Good Question: How Are Our Goods Shipped Over The Country?

Late Tuesday night, the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be closed for good. It’s an attempt to stop invasive Asian carp from getting into Minnesota’s lakes.

06/09/2015

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Good Question: How Often Do Prisoners Escape?

Investigators spent the day questioning prison workers and contractors trying to figure out how two killers escaped from a maximum security prison. So, how often do prisoners escape? Good Question.

06/08/2015

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Good Questions: Pizza Boxes, Bird Songs, & Pairs Of Pants

Every Friday, Heather Brown digs into the mailbag to answer some of your Good Questions. This week, we’re looking at pizza pies, pairs of pants and pretty avian ditties.

06/05/2015

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Good Question: How Can Humans Catch The Bird Flu?

The Centers for Disease Control issued another warning Wednesday to doctors and health officials: be on the lookout for people infected with avian flu. Minnesota health officials right now are monitoring poultry workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. So far, no one has shown signs of getting sick.

06/04/2015

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Good Question: Which Musicians Make The Most On Tour?

The Rolling Stones have been touring 53 years, with their first gig was in London in 1962. Over that time, they’ve joined a small group of artists who’ve pulled in more $1 billion going on the road.

06/03/2015

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Good Question: Should You Buy Or Lease A Car?

Car leasing is at an all-time high. According to a new report by Experian Automotive, 31.4 percent of new vehicles were leased in the first quarter of 2015. Experts say it’s partly due to lower monthly car payments and better car technology.

06/02/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t We Remember Traumatic Events?

Comedian Tracy Morgan has spent the past year recovering from broken bones and serious brain injuries after a serious car accident. He also said he didn’t remember anything about the crash. So, why don’t we remember traumatic events? Good Question.

06/01/2015

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Good Questions: Camouflage Uniforms, Steering Wheels, License Plates

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores the Twins’ camouflage jerseys, boats’ steering wheels and license plate replacements.

05/29/2015

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