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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Good Question: What Can Bounty Hunters Do?

On Tuesday, a gunfight between a wanted Minnesota man and two bounty hunters in Texas ended with all three men dead.


Good Question: What Does A Lawyer Look For In A Jury?

Potential jurors are given a questionnaire in some cases, with questions ranging from education, to views on religion, to relationships with lawyers.


Good Question: What Do Online Companies Know About Us?

When it comes to Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, Instagram and more, we give them a lot of our information when we agree to use the product.


Good Question: What Does It Mean To Plead The Fifth?

The Fifth Amendment states no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”


Good Question: Why Is Everything Dirtier After It Rains?

Just before it rains, the wind kicks up any dust that’s on or near the ground. That dust then mixes with the rain.


Good Question: Do Tornadoes Hit Mobile Homes More Often?

The National Weather Service says 8% of Americans live in mobile home, but they make up 44% of the deaths from tornadoes.


Good Question: How Does Weather Affect Our Moods?

There is a psychological component to the connection between weather and emotion, says Dr. Katharine Nelson, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota.


Good Question: How Does Bitcoin Work?

The hackers behind Friday’s massive cyber attack asked their victims for $300 worth of bitcoin.


Good Question: Why Does Corn Have Hair?

Without the silky hair, there would be no corn, according to the Iowa Corn Growers Association.


Good Question: Should Kids Call Adults By Their First Name?

It’s becoming more of the norm — children referring to adults as Sally and Tom rather than Mr. and Mrs. Smith.


Good Question: How Often Do We Talk To Our Parents?

There are no fancy statistics needed to remind people to call their moms this Sunday, aka Mother’s Day. But what about the other 364 days of the year?


Good Question: Are We Seeing More Dandelions?

Dandelions seed heavily and have very long roots, which make it hard for people to get rid of them.


Good Question: Why Do Some Of Us Dislike Cilantro?

It’s Cinco De Mayo: a big day for salsa, guacamole and cilantro. But, studies have shown up to 14 percent of people don’t like the taste of the green part of the coriander plant.


Good Question: What Do Our Faces Say About Us?

Our facial expressions say a lot about what we’re really thinking — even more than what comes out of our mouths.


Good Question: What Does It Take To Change A Lake’s Name?

The Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to change the name of Lake Calhoun to Bde Maka Ska.


Good Question: Which Vegetables Do We Eat?

This shouldn’t be a huge shock: Americans don’t eat enough vegetables.


Good Question: Why Does Minnesota Have A ‘Top Hat’?

It’s a geographic oddity — that “top hat” on Minnesota, the little jog into Canada, and Charles from Golden Valley wants to know: Why is it there?


Good Question: How Much Caffeine Is in Our Drinks?

A new review of the health literature surrounding caffeine finds 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is not going to hurt you.


Good Question: How Does Law Enforcement Dispose Of Drugs?

Since 2012, people have dropped off almost 50 tons of unwanted prescription medication, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and pet medicine in Hennepin County Disposal boxes.


Good Question: How Do Stores Decide What’s On Sale?

If you walk into any Target or Walmart, you might see paper towels on sale one day, toothpaste the next and laundry detergent after that.


Good Question: What Causes Traffic Jams?

As Minnesotans enter into the throes of road construction season, they encounter unexpected traffic back-ups. So, what are the top causes of traffic jams? Good Question.


Good Question: Why Do Worms Come Out When It Rains?

The worms have been out in full force over the past few rainy days — crawling on sidewalks, driveways and into the streets.


Good Question: Where Does Our Fruit Come From In The Winter?

We’re still months away from picking apples and strawberries in Minnesota, but there’s plenty of beautiful fruit stocked on grocery stores shelves right now.


Good Question: How Many Visas Does The U.S. Issue Each Year?

President Donald Trump called for changes to the H-1B Visa program for highly-skilled workers on Tuesday.


Good Question: How Does Facebook Monitor Its Content?

Facebook is facing criticism because it took the social media site more than two hours to take down video of a shooting death.




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