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 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: Are We Winning The War Against HIV/AIDS?

Actor Charlie Sheen announced Tuesday morning that he is HIV-positive. He said he has known about the diagnosis for four years and has been taking daily antiretroviral medications to stay healthy. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” Sheen said.


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Good Question: What Does ISIS Want?

In a video released Monday, a group claiming to be ISIS warned the U.S. would suffer the same fate as France. They said they will strike Washington D.C.


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Good Questions: Metereologists, Coins & Paper Cuts

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers a few of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she gets to the bottom of the title “meteorologist,” finds out why nickels are bigger than dimes, and why a little paper cut can cause so much pain.


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Good Question: What’s The Cost Of Raising A U.S. Child?

The Department of Agriculture releases a report every year estimating what it costs to raise one child from the ages of zero to 17. In 2014, the estimate came out to $245,340. So, where does that money go?


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Good Question: What Do Our Hand Gestures Mean?

Tuesday night’s Republican primary debate brought out all kinds of hand gestures – from chops to pointing to what has been dubbed, in political circles, the “Clinton thumb.” So, what are we saying by using our hands? Good Question.


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Good Question: What Do Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean?

The results of a landmark federal government study released on Monday could mean the guidelines for healthy blood pressure are about to change.


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Good Questions: #Top10WxDay Count, 21-Gun Salutes & More

Every Friday, we dig into the mailbag to answer some of your Good Questions. This week, we’re looking at 21-gun salutes and specialized license plates.


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Good Question: Where Does Money From Government Fines Go?

Takata Corporation copped to mishandling a defect that killed at least eight people and left others — including a Minnesota woman — blind. The government hands out billions in fines every year, but where does that money go?


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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between Sugar & High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

This week, sugar makers and corn refiners began another round in their billion dollar court battle. Each maintains the other side has made false claims in the highly competitive sweetener market. So, what is the difference between high-fructose corn syrup and sugar? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Does E. Coli Get Into Our Food?

The confirmed number of people sick with E. coli has now jumped to 37 in Oregon and Washington State. So, how does E. coli get into our food? Good Question.


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Good Question: Why Do Our Muscles Get Sore?

Whether it’s because you just ran a marathon or you’ve picked up the weights after a few months away from the gym, you know that feeling the next day. You can barely lift your arms or it hurts just to walk. So, why do our muscles get sore? Good Question.


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Good Question: Why Do We Practice Daylight Saving Time?

This Sunday at 2 a.m., most Americans will “fall back” and gain an extra hour when we revert to standard time. The first Sunday of November is the end of almost eight months of Daylight Saving Time (DST).


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Good Question: Are We Addicted To Our Cellphones?

According to the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of us sleep with our cellphone nearby, or even in our beds. Almost one-third of people say they, “can’t imagine living without it.” So, are we addicted to our cellphones?


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Good Question: How Do Congressional Committee Hearings Work?

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton will testify before a special House committee to investigate the killings of four Americans, including an ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya in 2012. So, how do Congressional committee hearings work? Good Question.


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Good Question: What’s The Best Lane For Rush Hour?

Over the course of the year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation estimates Twin Cities metro drivers sit in traffic for 34 hours. Some people always try to make their way over to the left lane, while others stick to the right.


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Good Questions: Caller ID, Halloween Candy & Wisdom Teeth

Sandy asks: Why does caller ID sometimes show your own phone number? It is called “spoofing,” and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it is against the law.


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Good Question: How Are Herbal Supplements Regulated?

Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a brothel in Nevada after ten tablets of so-called “herbal Viagra” in recent days. But drugs and herbal supplements are not regulated in the same way by the federal government. Why not? Good Question.


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Good Question: Do People Read Magazines Anymore?

Huge drops in magazine circulation have been common for many of the large periodicals in the U.S. over the past 30 years. So, do people read magazines anymore? Good Question.


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Good Question: What’s Going On With All The Ladybugs?

Over the weekend, you might have been hit by a swarm of ladybugs. They were at golf courses, parks or just hanging out on the outside of homes. There were so many outside on Saturday and Sunday that several of you emailed us wanting to know: What’s going on with all of these ladybugs?


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Good Questions: The Moon, Flags & Pepper Sneezes

Nine-year-old Lexi from Forest Lake asks: Why can you see the moon during the day? “My first reaction is, ‘Why not?'” University of Minnesota astrophysicist Terry Jones said. “It’s lit up by the sun and when it’s up in the sky, you can see it whether it’s day or night.”


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Good Question: How Do You Win A Nobel Prize?

What does it take to win a Nobel Prize? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Do Hate Crime Laws Work?

On Monday, the Red Wing City Council made a strong statement in support of the police. It passed a resolution saying it supports national efforts to make attacks on police officers hate crimes. So, how do hate crime laws work? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Do Insurance Companies Decide Who’s In-Network?

Starting next year, Walgreens will no longer be an in-network pharmacy for people with HealthPartners insurance. So how do insurance companies decide who’s in-network? Good Question.


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Good Questions: Chef’s Hats, Apples, The Speaker Of The House

Every Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores chefs hats, apples and the speaker of the house.


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Good Question: Why Are People In Prison, And Who Are They?

Within the federal prison system, half of all prisoners are there for drug-related offenses, but the makeup of the state’s prisoners is much different. So, what crimes send people to prison? Good Question.




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