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: Why Is Pro Football Played On Sundays?

This week, several WCCO viewers emailed asking, “Wouldn’t it be great to have the Super Bowl on a Saturday?” In its 50 years, that’s never happened and the NFL has said it doesn’t anticipate switching game day from Sunday.


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Good Question: How Do We Measure Snowfall?

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Good Question: How Does The Groundhog Day Blizzard Stack Up?

Tuesday’s snowstorm is shaping up to be the biggest of the season for the metro area. This storm is a long ways away from our record, but it will beat out some of our top snowstorms over the past ten years.


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Good Question: Do We Get More Daylight Early Or Late?

Whether you’re an early riser or night owl, you’ve finally noticed days are getting longer. The sun rose Monday at 7:33 a.m. and set at 5:20 p.m. That’s almost an hour more light than Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year.


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Good Questions: TV Pilots, Growling Stomachs & Winter Robins

Every Friday, Heather Brown answers a few of our viewers’ burning questions. This week, she finds out how the first episode of a T.V. series got its unique name and why our stomachs growl. Plus, she learns a bit about birds’ winter migration habits.


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Good Question: What Do Healthy Bodies Look Like?

Barbie has stood 11-and-a-half-inches tall — with a shape that defies reality — since 1959. But Mattel announced Thursday that the world’s most famous doll is getting a makeover.


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Good Question: Why Do Iowa & New Hampshire Vote First?

On Monday, voters in Iowa will gather in libraries, schools and churches to start the process of choosing the next president. The following week, the people of New Hampshire will cast their votes for the party nominees at the polls. So why do Iowa and New Hampshire vote first? Good Question.


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Good Question: Can Presidential Candidates Do 2 Jobs At Once?

For weeks, there’s been at least one attack ad from the PAC supporting Jeb Bush against Marco Rubio for missing votes in the U.S. Senate while campaigning for President. So, can candidates do two jobs at once? Good Question.


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Good Question: Why Do Grown-Ups Like To Color?

It’s no longer just child’s play. One of our favorite childhood activities is now a full-fledged phenomenon among adults. Coloring books for grownups are now six of the top ten best-selling books on Amazon.


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Good Questions: Fountain Money, Car Seats & More

Every Friday, Heather Brown looks at some of your Good Questions that didn’t get turned into a full segment. This week, she’s looking into the language of pilots, the shelf life of car seats, and the fate of all those pennies you’ve tossed into the Mall of America’s fountains.


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Good Question: What Are Cage-Free Eggs?

On Wednesday, Target announced it would join several other companies, including Starbucks, McDonald’s and General Mills, in making the move toward cage-free eggs. The company says it wants to sell only cage-free eggs by 2025.


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Good Question: How Does Lead Get Into Our Water?

On Tuesday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder apologized for the water crisis in Flint. So far, at least 100 children have been found with high lead levels in their blood after drinking the contaminated city water. So, how does lead get into our water? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Long Will Our Kids And Grandkids Live?

Life expectancy in the U.S. has only increased by about five years since 1980. Some scientists debate whether that trend will continue. So, how long will our kids and grandkids live? Good Question.


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Good Question: Why Are Women Waiting Longer To Have Kids?

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Thursday finds women are waiting longer to have children.


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Good Question: Where Does Money From Lottery Ticket Sales Go?

Since the beginning of the current record-breaking Powerball run, Minnesotans have bought $50 million worth of Powerball tickets. But, not all of that money goes to prizes. That’s why Marlene, Lloyd, Deb and Robbie want to know: Where does all the money go? Good Question.


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Good Question: Are Gym Memberships Worth It?

By mid-January, studies have shown about 30 percent of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions. Some people have probably even noticed the crowds starting to thin out at the gym.


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Good Question: Powerball, Take The Lump Sum Or Annuity?

This Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is worth a world-record $1.4 billion. That’s the amount someone would win if they took annual payments over the next 30 years. But, if the winner took all the money right away, that sum adds up to $868 million.


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Good Questions: Powerball FAQ

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Good Question: Why Does The Gov’t Own So Much Land Out West?

he leader of a small, armed group that’s been occupying a federal nature preserve told reporters Wednesday the group won’t leave until a plan is in place to turn the federal land over to the locals. So, why does the federal government own so much land in the West? Good Question.


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Good Question: How Do Executive Actions Work?

President Obama took a number of executive actions Tuesday regarding gun control, saying the gun lobby is holding Congress hostage. “There are actions within my legal authority that we can take to help reduce gun violence and save more lives,” President Obama said.


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Good Question: How Accurate Are Documentaries?

It’s hard to avoid the social media frenzy over Netflix’s new documentary, “Making a Murderer.” It’s the story of a Wisconsin man allegedly framed for murder. The 10-hour series has generated plenty of anger, hate mail and even a petition to the White House.


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Good Questions: Box Office Records, Snow Vs. Rain, NYE Ball Storage

Through the end of 2015, “Star Force: The Force Awakens” has sold 70 million tickets in the United States. So, Katie wants: What movie has sold the most tickets of all time? According to Box Office Mojo’s list of ticket sales, “Gone With The Wind” takes the number-one spot in the United States with 202 million tickets sold.


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Good Question: What’s The Origin Of The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball?

More than half of us watch the New Year’s Eve festivities in New York City’s Times Square on TV. And the main attraction is the dropping of the 12,000-pound sparkly sphere, which is 12 feet in diameter and has 32,000 LED lights.


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Good Question: What Are ‘Enhanced’ Driver’s Licenses?

By spring, there’s a good chance you’re going to need more than your current Minnesota driver’s license to get a on a plane – perhaps a U.S. passport or an enhanced Minnesota driver’s license. So what are enhanced driver’s licenses? Good Question.


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Good Question: What Does ‘Auld Lang Syne’ Mean?

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