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

FAVORITES
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

THIS OR THAT
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 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 Question: What Are You Supposed To Do During A Traffic Stop?

While the vast majority of those interactions don’t end in violence, people around the world now know last week’s stop of Philando Castile did.

07/12/2016

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Good Questions: Mattress Tags, Storm Sirens & Lakes

Why is it illegal to remove a tag from a mattress? And what’s the criteria for a body of water to be consider a “lake”? Good Questions.

07/08/2016

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Good Question: How Is Social Media Changing Law Enforcement?

Philando Castile was shot at about 9 p.m. Wednesday night. By midnight, #FalconHeightsShooting was trending on Facebook and Twitter. Five years ago, the widespread reactions would not have happened so quickly.

07/07/2016

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Good Question: How Common Is Sexual Harassment?

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is suing Roger Ailes, her old boss, for sexual harassment. Carlson, a former Miss Minnesota and Miss America, claims she was fired last month because she refused his sexual advances.

07/06/2016

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Good Question: How Does Someone Or Something Become A Day?

Adele performed before thousands of fans at a sold-out concert Tuesday night at the Xcel Energy Center. It was the first of two shows that kicked off the North American leg of her tour.

07/05/2016

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Good Question: What Do We Make In The USA?

We hear a lot of political talk about trade this election year. The United States, overall, imports more than it exports to the tune of more than a half-trillion dollars a year.

06/30/2016

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Good Question: How Do You Get On The FBI’s Most Wanted List?

It has only happened ten times in the 66-year history of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list: a woman has made the cut.

06/29/2016

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Good Question: How Much Time Do We Spend With Our Kids?

Over the past half-century, how parents spend their time has changed dramatically.

06/28/2016

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Good Question: How Long Are Our Roads Supposed To Last?

We are officially in road construction season — also known as spring and summer in Minnesota. So, how long are our roads supposed to last? Good Question.

04/04/2016

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Good Questions: Wind Chills, Whistling & More

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a closer look at some of the Good Questions that came her way. This week, she’s looking at the mechanics of whistling and what it means to say “natural causes.”

04/01/2016

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Good Question: How Are Tax Returns Processed In Minnesota?

This year, the state of Minnesota expects to process 2.7 million tax returns. Almost two-thirds of Minnesotans have already filed, and the state says it’s issued one million refunds so far.

03/31/2016

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Good Question: Where Do Delegates Go When Candidates Drop Out?

Almost two weeks after Marco Rubio dropped out of the race for President, he’s asking the delegates he won to vote for him at the Republican National Convention this summer.

03/30/2016

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Good Question: Why Can Some People Sing So Well?

On Tuesday night, Late, Late Show host James Corden hosted a Carpool Karaoke special featuring Jennifer Lopez and Adele. So, why can some people sing well? And others can’t? Good Question.

03/29/2016

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Good Question: What Does It Mean To Be Healthy?

A new study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings comes to a pretty depressing conclusion. Only 3 percent of Americans live what’s considered a healthy lifestyle. So, what does it mean to be healthy? Good Question.

03/28/2016

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Good Question: How Do We Get Our Music?

Do you stream your songs on your phone? Buy music on iTunes? Maybe you still get CDs? The recording industry announced this week that Americans have a new favorite way of listening to music.

03/24/2016

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Good Question: Where Is All The Heroin Coming From?

The state says Violent Crime Enforcement teams took 82,000 doses of heroin off the streets last year. That is a 125-percent jump in just four years.

03/23/2016

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Good Question: Why Is It Hard To Predict Snowfall?

We know it is going to snow Wednesday. We know it is going to be heavy and wet. We even have a good idea when the storm will start. But what is hard to pinpoint exactly is how much we will get.

03/22/2016

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Good Question: Why Do We Love The Walleye?

In the land of 10,000 lakes, there are all kinds of fish we could catch, but Minnesotans seem to have a particular affinity for one. So, why do we love the walleye? Good Question.

03/21/2016

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Good Questions: NCAA Tournament

Each Friday, Heather Brown answers some of our viewers’ burning questions that we didn’t have a chance to get to during the week. With March Madness starting this week, she looks at a few questions about the NCAA Tournament.

03/18/2016

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Good Question: What Does It Take To Become A Saint?

Experts think as many as 10,000 people have been officially recognized by the Catholic Church as saints. So, what does it take to become a saint? Good Question.

03/17/2016

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Good Question: How Does A Contested Convention Work?

After losing the Ohio primary Tuesday night, there’s talk Donald Trump might not get the majority of delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination.

03/16/2016

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Good Question: Why Is It Harder To Sleep When You’re Older?

Do you feel like you never really sleep soundly through the night? It turns out, you’re not alone. As we get older, we’re more likely to report waking up two, three, even four times a night.

03/15/2016

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Good Question: When Can We Start Yard Work?

The National Weather Service tells us the frost is now out of the ground in the metro area. Add that to the warm temperatures these past few weekends and some of us are itching to get started on our lawns and gardens.

03/14/2016

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Good Questions: Street Sweeping, Mirrors & Daylight Saving

Each Friday, Heather Brown answers some of our viewers’ burning questions that we didn’t have a chance to get to during the week. This week, she learns about street sweeping, “objects in mirrors,” and the dreaded daylight saving time.

03/11/2016

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Good Question: How Are Undocumented Immigrants Counted?

Americans heard vastly different plans for undocumented immigrants in the United States throughout this political campaign. Some candidates have said they want to deport only terrorists and criminals, while others say they want to force everyone living in the U.S. illegally to leave.

03/10/2016

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