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 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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Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the burning questions that our viewers have sent. This week, we’re looking at a few questions on this week’s historic Powerball lottery jackpot of $700 million.

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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?

It’s a song that’s synonymous with New Year’s: Auld Lang Syne. Even if you don’t know the words, you certainly know the tune. So, what does Auld Lang Syne mean? Good Question.

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Good Questions: Fruticakes, Hot Dogs & Peanut Butter Cookies

Every Friday, Heather Brown takes a look at some of the burning questions that our viewers have sent. This week, we’re looking at fruitcakes, forks on peanut butter cookies, and hot dog buns.

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Good Question: Why Are Red And Green The Colors Of Christmas?

This time of year, we see beautiful decorations in stores, in our homes, on our streets — and two colors tend to dominate the decor. So, Debb from Hutchinson wants to know: Why are red and green the colors of Christmas? Good Question.

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Good Question: Are Gift Cards The Perfect Gift?

More than 80 percent of Americans are expected to buy gift cards this holiday season. According to the National Retail Federation, it’s been the most requested gift item for eight years in a row.

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Good Question: What Religions Are We In Minnesota?

From the holidays, to political campaigns, to terrorism, we’ve been talking a lot about religion and faith these days. So, what religions are we in Minnesota? Good Question.

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Good Question: Why Do We Enjoy Seeing Others Make Mistakes?

It was a big mistake on live television that quickly spread like wildfire. After naming Miss Colombia this year’s Miss Universe, pageant host Steve Harvey said he’d made a mistake.

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Good Questions: Batteries, MPH, & Football’s -Backs

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Good Question: How Are Movie Ratings Decided?

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is rated PG-13, causing some parents to think twice before taking their kids to see it. PG-13 has been the most common parental rating for more than a decade, making up more than half the movies and bringing in twice as much money as those rated R and G.

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Good Question: How Do You Catch A Cold?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average American adult gets two to three colds per year. Kids can get them 8 to 10 times. So, how do you catch a cold? Good Question.

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Good Question: How Much Sleep Do We Need?

Wayzata Schools voted last night to let their high school students sleep in a little longer next year. Studies have shown many teenagers don’t get nearly the amount of sleep they need. So, how much sleep do people need? Good Question.

12/15/2015

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Good Question: How Do Gas Prices Compare To 20 Years Ago?

Across the country, gas prices are the lowest they’ve been since 2009. Right now in Minnesota, a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline goes for an average of $1.90. That’s down 50 cents from what it was a year ago.

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Good Question: What Are The Food Safety Rules For Restaurants?

Chipotle now says a sick employee at one of its Massachusetts restaurants could have led to 80 people coming down with norovirus. So, what are the food safety rules for restaurants? Good Question.

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Good Question: How Are Calories Measured In Food?

By the end of 2016, the FDA will require larger chain restaurants, fast-food places and some business that sell food to post this calorie information. So, Chris from Madison asks: How are calories measured in food? Good Question.

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Good Question: How Much Of Our Shopping Is Online?

Over the past decade, online sales have grown every year, but they still have a ways until they catch up before they reach store sales. So, how much of our shopping is online? Good Question.

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Good Question: What Is ‘Intractable Pain’?

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Good Question: When Do We Have To Shovel Sidewalks?

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