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: How Common Is Deportation?

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Good Question: How Much Data Do We Use?

The big four cellphone companies will no longer charge users if they use too much data. Instead, they’ll just slow them down.


Good Question: Why Are Greeting Cards So Expensive?

A survey from the Greeting Card Association finds the average cost is about $4.50 a card.


Good Question: How Did Valentine’s Day Start?

During the Roman era, there was a fertility festival held in mid-February called Lupercalia.


Good Question: How Has Legalized Marijuana Impacted Other States?

What has the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana been in states that have tried it? Good Question.


Good Question: What Is School Choice?

There have been huge fights over the nomination Betsy DeVos, some of which have been centered on the idea of school choice.


Good Question: How Are Super Bowl Tickets Allocated?

The countdown is on. The Super Bowl makes its way to Minnesota next year and that had Paul from Minneapolis wondering if he can get tickets. So, how are Super Bowl tickets allocated? Good Question.


Good Question: Why Does Your Nose Run When It’s Cold?

On a normal day, the human nose can produce about one liter of mucous. We don’t know it, though, because most of it gets swallowed.


Good Question: How Can You Filter Your Facebook Feed?

Remember when Facebook was just fun cat videos and sharing what we ate for lunch? Not anymore.


Good Question: What Is The Senate’s ‘Nuclear Option’?

On Wednesday, President Trump told Senate leaders to quote “go nuclear” if it’ll help confirm his Supreme Court pick.


Good Question: How Did Super Bowl Ads Get So Big?

This year, 30-second commercials for the Super Bowl will cost around $5.5 million.


Good Question: How Do Immigration Statuses Differ?

There are a number of ways for people from other countries to come to the U.S. So, how do they differ? Good Question.


Good Question: What’s An Executive Order Vs. A Presidential Memoranda?

From the border wall to the Dakota Access Pipeline, President Donald Trump has issued 12 executive actions since taking office.


Good Question: Where Do U.S. Immigrants Come From?

From talk of refugees, sanctuary cities and a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration is a hot-button issue these days.


Good Question: What Exactly Is The Dakota Access Pipeline?

President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday morning that could ease construction both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.


Good Question: How Often Should We Snack?

It’s something almost everyone does every day without even thinking — snack. According to Mintel, 95 percent of people snack once during the day and half of us do it two or three times.


Good Questions: Elevator Buttons; Recall Money; Dimples

Do the close buttons on elevators work? Where does recall money go? How are dimples made? Heather Brown answers your burning Good Questions!


Good Question: What Would Be The Economic Impact Of Sunday Liquor Sales?

The bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota has made it through to the House floor — the furthest it has ever gone.


Good Question: How Do Polls Rank Our Recent Presidents?

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds President-elect Donald Trump with the lowest approval rating for an incoming president in the past 40 years.


Good Question: What Is The History Behind ‘I Have A Dream’?

It is one of the most famous lines in one of history’s most famous speeches – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s August 1963 speech during the March on Washington.


Good Questions: Inauguration, Cake & Driving With Earbuds

It’s Friday, and Heather Brown is answering your Good Questions. This week, she investigates the inauguration, cake and driving with earbuds.


Good Question: How Do Glasses & Contacts Work?

Three-quarters of Americans wear some sort of corrective lenses. They put on glasses or put in contacts each morning, but usually have no idea how the lenses help them see.


Good Question: What Is The Process For Confirming Cabinet Picks?

On Tuesday, the Senate will begin its confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks. Up first are the nominees for attorney general and secretary of homeland security. Four committees meet on Wednesday and another five on Thursday.


Good Question: What’s Happening To Retail, And What Stores Are Successful?

After World War II, malls were all the rage as people moved from the cities to the suburbs. A generation later, big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target took over in popularity.


Good Question: Why Is Everything More Expensive At The Airport?

An MSP official says they allow vendors to charge 10 percent over what local malls would charge for the same or similar item.




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