Heather Brown

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.
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Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Flourtown, Pennsylvania
Alma Mater: Colgate University

Music: Dave Matthews Band
Movie: The Sound of Music
TV Show: Fixer Upper
Book: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Food: Sushi and brownies
Local Restaurant: Zumbro Café
Hidden MN Gem: North House Folk School, Grand Marais
Sport/Exercise: Running
Historical Figure: Billie Jean King
Famous Minnesotan: My husband (he knows just about everyone in St. Paul)
Quote: “Nerds rule the world.” — my dad
Word: Mama
Vacation Spot: NYC
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Both
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Tea, every single time
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast vs. West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Goose

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 three 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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