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Esme Murphy

esme murphy Esme MurphyEsme Murphy, a reporter and Sunday morning anchor for WCCO-TV, has been a member of the WCCO-TV staff since December 1990. She is also a weekend talk show host on WCCO Radio. Born and raised in New York City, Esme ventured into reporting after graduating from Harvard University.

She started in Chattanooga at the CBS station, then ventured across Tennessee to Memphis to work for the ABC affiliate.

She jumped when she got the big call to come to WCCO and has never looked back.

She has won numerous awards during her career, including Associated Press First Place Awards for non-spot news reporting, feature reporting and investigative reporting.

In her spare time Esme often finds herself in the role of hockey Mom to Harrison, born in 1999 and Esme (yes another Esme) born in 2001.

Esme’s husband, David Klopp, is the owner of a chain of furniture stores in the Twin Cities called Sofas and Chairs. Esme has even been known to deliver a sofa or two. (It’s a small business.)

Esme loves her job and her family and if it weren’t for her job she wouldn’t have a family. That’s right — Esme met her husband when she interviewed him. David was working with a community group to help create the Cedar Lake Bicycle Trail. There were plans to turn the rail corridor into a condo development. David likes to say he not only got the bike trail — he got the girl!

Esme has a wonderful husband and family. The Twin Cities and WCCO are definitely home.

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It Happened: Ranked-Choice Voting Comes To Minneapolis

Voters in 35 communities and 113 school districts in Minnesota are casting ballots in municipal elections today. And the most high profile race is the most unpredictable.

11/05/2013

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Officials Close Chaska High School After Reported Threat

Chaska High School is in a precautionary lockdown Tuesday morning after officials learned of a threat against the school.

01/08/2013

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Therapist Helps Teen Live Outside The Shadow Of Her Past

It’s estimated that one in 10 children has some kind of mental health issue. That’s why WCCO-TV is starting a project on Tuesday nights that hopes to introduce you to some of the kids being helped by Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis.

08/14/2012

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Talking Points: Pawlenty’s VP Prospects

You could say former Governor Tim Pawlenty was left at the alter four years ago when John McCain bypassed him for the number two spot on the GOP ticket, choosing instead Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

08/05/2012

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A St. Michael Family Mourns Sudden Death Of Daughter, 16

Authorities have released the identity of a 16-year-old who collapsed and died in St. Michael Sunday.

07/02/2012

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Good Question: Do Vacations Make Us Happier?

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and, for many of us, that means it’s vacation time.

05/28/2012

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Minn. Cupcake Warrior Takes Home First Prize On TV

Minnesota’s sports teams may struggle, but there is a local champion you can cheer for.

04/16/2012

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Esme’s Blog: Unionizing Day Care Workers

This week I called a dozen different home providers for a story on the effort to unionize day care workers. All of them told me the unionization effort was a bad idea.

09/24/2011

Geraldine Ferraro

Esme’s Blog: The Lasting Legacy of Geraldine Ferraro

For the young women of another generation the announcement that Geraldine Ferraro would be Walter Mondale’s running mate was a watershed. It was thrilling, stunning news. A woman as vice president meant a woman would be a heartbeat away for the presidency.

03/26/2011

Michele Bachmann

Esme’s Blog: Bachmann Surges

Anyone who has any doubt about Rep. Michele Bachmann pulling off a presidential bid can bury those doubts now.

03/25/2011

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Hecker’s Girlfriend Asks For No Prison Time

Christi Rowan filed court papers on Friday asking to be sentenced to the lowest possible sentence under the sentencing guidelines.

02/18/2011

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Prosecutors Not Going Easy On Hecker’s Girlfriend

Federal prosecutors want fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker’s girlfriend put away for the full amount of prison time she faces.

01/28/2011

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Minn. Lawmakers Take Weight-Loss Challenge

On Tuesday night, at least some Democrats and Republicans will sit together at President Obama’s State of the Union Address. State lawmakers followed suit Monday.

01/24/2011

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Esme’s Blog: Dayton, Dogs And Online Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton’s dog died this week. And because he is Governor and because he put it on his Facebook page it was news. The Star Tribune broke the news. I glanced at the online comments beneath the story and kept reading. I was amazed that the comments were all supportive.

01/07/2011

Denny Hecker Mug Shot from Oct. 18, 2010 arrest. (credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)

Denny Hecker To Remain In Jail

A gaunt-looking Denny Hecker will be staying in jail for the time being after a hearing held Tuesday.

01/04/2011

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