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 Question: Why Do The Vaccinated Get Sick?

On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health confirmed that the U of M student sickened with measles had been vaccinated. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control had reported six of the original 52 people who contracted the virus at Disneyland had gotten the shot as well.

So how can you get sick if you’ve had the vaccine? Good Question.
The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Thursday that the University of Minnesota student sickened with measles had been vaccinated.

01/29/2015

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Good Question: How Do We Save For College?

A government study found only between 3 percent to 7 percent of all families use a 529 account. So how do we save for higher education?

01/28/2015

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Good Questions: Super Bowls, Game Shows, & Uncle Sam

Every Friday, Heather Brown offers a few short takes on some of our viewers Good Questions. This week, she’s looking at game show winnings, Uncle Sam, and the Super Bowl.

01/23/2015

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Good Question: Is It OK To Bribe Your Kids?

It might be an M&M to sit on the potty, a little toy for behaving in Target or a dollar for 10 minutes of peace and quiet. Sounds like a negotiation you’ve recently had with your child? Well, we’ve all been there. But is it OK to bribe our children? Parenting expert Toni Schutta says it’s alright, but only under certain conditions.

01/22/2015

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Good Question: Why Has The Teenage Birth Rate Fallen?

In 2013, Hennepin County reported a 15 percent drop in the number of babies born to teenage mothers. Across the state, the decline was 9 percent and nationwide, it was 10 percent.

01/21/2015

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Good Question: When Should You Refinance Your Home?

Mortgage rates have dropped once again to near all-time lows. This week’s average rate for a 30-year fixed loan is right around 3.6 percent. That’s almost a point lower compared with rates 12 to 15 months ago. It also has mortgage brokers’ offices four times busier than a typical January.

01/20/2015

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Good Question: Who Makes Up The Top 1 Percent?

A new report from Oxfam International finds that by 2016, the top one percent of people will own 50 percent of the world’s wealth. That’s up from 44 percent in 2009.

01/19/2015

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Good Questions: Dog Tails, Idle Lawmakers, & WCCO

Every Friday, we rapid-fire answer some of your various Good Questions. This week, Heather Brown takes a look at dogs, the 2016 legislative session, and WCCO itself.

01/16/2015

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Good Question: Why Don’t Most Schools Have Recess Before Lunch?

When we were growing up, you always had recess after lunch. But new research shows that children will eat 54 percent more fruits and vegetables at lunch if they eat after recess. “Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to ‘finish’ so that they can go play. This results in wasted fruits and vegetables,” Dr. David Just of Cornell University said.

01/15/2015

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Good Question: Is MN’s Road Construction Season Year-Round?

Ever hear the saying there are two seasons in Minnesota? “Yes,” Marsha Johnston of Minneapolis said. “There’s winter and there’s road construction.” But over the past few decades there have been more road, ramp and bridge closures throughout the winter.

01/14/2015

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Good Question: How Did Minnesota Become The State Of Hockey?

Hockey Day Minnesota is this Saturday. High school, college and pro teams will play outside throughout the day on a specially-made rink. It’s a celebration of the state’s official sport that an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans play.

01/13/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between ISIS, Al-Qaeda?

Last week, terror attacks in Paris killed 17 people in three incidents over three days. Now, two familiar groups have claimed responsibility.

01/12/2015

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Good Questions: Flat Tires, Gov. Swearing In, & NFL Fines

Every Friday, we like to answer some of the emails you’ve send to us throughout the week. This week, you wanted to know about NFL fines, flat tires why does the Governor have to be sworn in again?

01/09/2015

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Good Question: Where Does This Cold Weather Originate?

We all know Minnesota winters can be long and hard, but negative double digits is pretty cold, even for the heartiest Minnesotans. So, that had David from Red Wing wanting to know: Where does this cold weather start? Basically, the air circulates all over the world. In theory, you could balloon around the world if you caught the right winds.

01/07/2015

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Good Question: Who Makes Up Our Congress?

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden swore in 71 new members to the 114th Congress, including the first Black Republican woman elected to the U.S. House from Utah. This group of 535 people is now the most diverse in U.S. history.

01/07/2015

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Good Question: Why Do We Still Have Fuel Surcharges?

Twice a month, CitySprint, a courier company based in Edina, adjusts its fuel surcharge. It generally adjusts down one percent for every 10 cent drop in gas. Larger delivery companies, like UPS, have also reduced their fuel surcharge.

01/05/2015

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Good Questions: Gatorade Dump, Mayday, Colds

We fielded viewers’ questions on football game Gatorade protocol, international distress signals and the cold-cold correlation.

01/02/2015

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Good Questions: Flu Germs, Old Xmas Trees, Tearful Laughter

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores flu germs, used Christmas trees and laughter that makes you cry.

12/26/2014

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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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