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: Why Does The Cold Sap Our Car Batteries?

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Good Question: How Does Our Body Regulate Temperature?

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Good Question: Why Aren’t The U.S. & Russia Friendly?

The relationship between Russia and the U.S. has certainly changed over the decades. From the Soviet Union during the Cold War to a thaw in relations in the 1990s to Senator Mitch McConnell saying Monday, “The Russians are not our friends.” So, why aren’t the U.S. and Russia friendly? Good Question.

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Good Questions: Blowing On Hot Food, Weather Watcher Jingle & Christmas Cars

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Good Question: Can It Be Too Cold To Snow?

If you grew up in Minnesota, you have likely heard someone tell you it is too cold to snow. But is that a real thing?

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Good Question: Why Does Smell Trigger Strong Memories?

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Good Question: Do We Like Real Or Fake Christmas Trees?

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Good Questions: Football ‘Sacks’, Microwaves & WCCO Call Letters

Every week, we answer your Good Questions. This week, Heather Brown investigates football “sacks”, microwaves and WCCO’s call letters.

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Good Question: What Happens When We Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

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Good Question: Can You Trust Online Shopping Reviews?

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Good Question: How Do Chip Cards Work?

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Good Questions: Thanksgiving Exhaustion, Black Friday & Venison

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Good Question: How Are Christmas Trees Grown?

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Good Question: Why Is It So Hard To Quit Social Media?

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Good Question: Why Is The Supermoon So Big?

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