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 Questions: Spam, Skeeters & Scratching

Every Friday, we go digging into the mailbag to answer some as-yet unanswered Good Questions from viewers. This week, Heather Brown isn’t just scratching the surface.

09/09/2016

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Good Question: Where Can And Can’t We Take Photos?

In the U.S., people should expect no privacy if the photographer is in a public place. Legally, people can take photos of anything they can see from a public space.

09/08/2016

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Good Question: What Makes For The Best Fall Colors?

Over the past few autumns, we’ve been lucky to have some very vibrant fall colors, but what makes some years better than others?

09/07/2016

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Good Question: How Common Are Plea Deals?

As it turns out, plea deals are very common — but Danny Heinrich’s plea deal was unique.

09/06/2016

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Good Questions: State Fair Edition

More than 1.1 million guests have already visited the fair this summer, and their trips raised a lot of Good Questions.

09/02/2016

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Good Question: Why Is The Minn. State Fair 12 Days?

With so many beautiful days out at the Minnesota State Fair this year, some WCCO viewers hoped The Great Minnesota Get-Together would last a little longer.

09/01/2016

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Good Question: How Does Mosquito Spraying Work?

It is not your imagination. This August has been especially bad for mosquitoes.

08/31/2016

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Good Question: Why Are Knee Injuries So Common?

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday that starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a complete tear in his ACL — the anterior cruciate ligament.

08/30/2016

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Good Question: What’s The Difference Between Brand-Name & Generic Drugs?

Generic drugs can be introduced after the patent or exclusivity for the brand name runs out. So, what’s the difference between brand-name and generic drugs? Good Question.

08/29/2016

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Good Question: History Of The State Fair

The Minnesota Agricultural Society was founded in 1854. When Minnesota became a state in 1858, the Minnesota State Fair was born.

08/25/2016

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Good Question: How Do Drug Companies Set Their Prices?

The cost of EpiPens, a shot to treat life-threatening allergies, has jumped from about $100 to $600 in the past six years.

08/24/2016

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Good Question: Do Kids Have More Homework Nowadays?

A letter to parents by a second-grade teacher in Texas has gone viral after she wrote she wouldn’t assign any formal homework this year.

08/23/2016

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Good Question: How Much Are We Spending On School Supplies?

As kids head back to school, parents and teachers are heading to the stores. They’re armed with very specific lists of supplies that are often shared in the classroom. So, how much are we spending on school supplies? Good Question.

08/22/2016

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Good Questions: Mosquito Repellent, Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes & More

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the Good Questions viewers have sent in throughout the week. This time, she takes a look at bug spray, catching foxes and Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes.

08/19/2016

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Good Question: How Much Should We Sit?

If you sit all day long, exercise is not enough to undo the damage to your heart.

08/18/2016

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Good Question: How Fresh Is Corn When It Gets To Stores?

Lots of corn is grown at farms less than a hour away from the Twin Cities, but how long does it take to get to grocery stores after it’s picked?

08/16/2016

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Good Questions: Mosquito Food, Frogtown, West Nile

What do mosquitos eat besides our blood? Why is the St. Paul neighborhood called Frogtown? How did the West Nile Virus get to Minnesota?

08/12/2016

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Good Question: How Strong Is A Dog’s Sense Of Smell?

This week, St. Paul Police found a 3-year-old boy wandering around lost in his neighborhood. They called in a K-9, whose nose helped the toddler find his way back home.

08/11/2016

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Good Question: How Does The DNR Count Fish?

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday walleye fishing will go on at Lake Mille Lacs this season, even though anglers have reached their walleye quota for the year.

08/09/2016

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Good Question: How Do Airlines Catch Up?

On Monday night, Delta says it operated just over half of its 6,000 scheduled flights, which left tens of thousands of customers dealing with cancelled or delayed trips. The airline says a power outage forced the airline to ground all flights Monday morning. So, Chad from Buffalo asked: How do airlines catch up? Good Question.

08/08/2016

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Good Questions: Tackle, Highway Signs & Stadium Sod

It’s Friday, so we’re answering some of your Good Questions!

08/05/2016

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Good Question: How Are Vaccines Approved?

Experts say do not expect to see any possible protection from the Zika virus on the market until at least 2018.

08/04/2016

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Good Question: Why Do We Have Retaining Ponds?

On the western edge of New Brighton, the Hodson family lives on what could be called pond-front property. They live on a holding pond named “Lake Forest.”

08/03/2016

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Good Questions: Yawning, Decaf Coffee & Carbonation

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the Good Questions viewers have sent in throughout the week.

07/29/2016

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Good Question: What Causes Do We Give To?

The ALS Association says the money raised from the Ice Bucket Challenge helped lead to the discovery of a gene connected to the disease.

07/28/2016

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