Esme Murphy

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Esme 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.

In 2012, Esme was named ‘Best AM Radio Show Host in the Twin Cities’ by the City Pages.

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Johnene Canfield Fired State Lottery Official

Lottery Official Suing, Says She Was Wrongly Fired Over Alcoholism

A fired Minnesota lottery official is suing to get her $109,000 per year job back. She is arguing that she was discriminated against because of her alcoholism. The Minnesota Lottery fired Johnene Canfield this spring after she returned from a leave of absence and a stint in rehab following her December 2014 DUI arrest.


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Workers Hold Wage Rally At Minneapolis City Hall

Workers rallied outside of Minneapolis City Hall Wednesday in support of a proposal which critics and supporters agree would create the most sweeping workplace regulations in the nation. People carried petitions of support into city hall to give to Council Members Cam Gordon and Lisa Bender, who are backing the measure.


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Posthumous Vince Flynn Novel Debuts On Best-Seller List

Two years after author Vince Flynn passed away, the St. Paul native is back on the best-seller list. The latest Flynn thriller, titled “The Surivor,” went on sale at midnight. It’s already No. 2 among best-sellers at Barnes and Noble stores nationwide.


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Lawsuit Of Fired Executive Paints Unflattering Portrait Of Starkey Founder

A new lawsuit claims it was a power struggle involving the stepson of Starkey Laboratories Founder Bill Austin that led to the firings last month of top company executives.


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Meeting On ‘Fair Scheduling’ Proposal Turns Into Shouting Match

Small restaurant owners in Minneapolis engaged in a shouting match Thursday over a proposal that would affect workplace pay and scheduling in every workplace in the city.


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Runners Brace For TC Marathon Protest By Black Lives Matter

As Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said repeatedly on Twitter that they are not responsible and have no role in the Sunday’s protest of the Twin Cities Marathon, Black Lives Matters St. Paul offered a very different version of what protesters plan to do.


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Mpls. Man Charged With Killing His Wife, Stepdaughter

A Minneapolis man is charged with murdering his wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter because they were about to leave him.


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Wayzata Battles Over Sleep And School Start Times

In Wayzata, a proposal to move the high school start time back from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. is getting some unexpected opposition.


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Volkswagen Stock Plummets As CEO Admits To Software Cheat

The scandal at Volkswagen is growing. The German car manufacturer admitted Tuesday that software designed to cheat emissions tests was installed in 11 million cars worldwide. The scandal prompted an apology from Volkswagen USA CEO Michael Horn. “Our company was dishonest with the EPA,” Horn said.


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FBI Informant Named During Guilty Plea In Terror Trial

Another Minnesota man has admitted he was part of a plot to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group — specifically ISIS.


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2 Men Accused Of Threatening Winona Student With Meat Saw

Two Winona men are accused of kidnapping and forcing a Winona college student to strip before they allegedly threatened to cut him up with a meat saw. The bizarre case unfolded in the early morning hours Sunday near downtown Winona. Court documents say a Winona college student told police he had been drinking and was lost when Abdirahman Samatar and John Demaske approached him and forced him into a nearby warehouse.


Target Store Opens On Site Of Formerly Infamous Chicago Housing Projects Cabrini Green

Target Partners With Online Grocery Service Instacart

Starting Tuesday, Target is partnering with a company that is known as the Uber of grocery delivery.


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Talking Points: The Worst Humanitarian Crisis Of Our Time

A Minnesota organization that has been helping 2.5 million refugees a year for more than 30 years is warning that the Syrian refugee crisis could soon get worse.


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Ex-CEO Of Minneapolis Nonprofit Indicted On Fraud Charges

The former head of a Minnesota nonprofit and his son, a Minneapolis police officer, have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, fraud and theft.


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1 Of 7 Charged In Terror Case Pleads Guilty To Aiding ISIS

A 19-year old terror suspect changed his plea in federal court on Wednesday, admitting that he wanted to join ISIS.


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Mpls. Dentist Responsible For Killing Cecil The Lion Speaks Out

The Minnesota dentist who has made international headlines for killing a popular lion named Cecil is speaking out.


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Talking Points: How Should The U.S. Respond To The Refugee Crisis?

As the Syrian refugee crisis grows, there are mounting questions about what nations should be doing in response, and that includes a debate on whether the United States should be doing more.


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Trial Set For 7 Somali American Men Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS

A hearing was held Wednesday morning at the Federal Courthouse in Minneapolis for seven Minnesota men accused of plotting to join ISIS. The seven Somali Americans have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.


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Amazon’s Shakopee Location Could Change Twin Cities Shopping Landscape

By next year’s State Fair, marketing experts say the state of retail and grocery shopping in the Twin Cities could be dramatically changed.’s massive distribution center in Shakopee is now under construction. When it’s finished, it’s expected to provide same day delivery of 200 million consumer products.


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Talking Points: Klobuchar On Biden, Hillary’s Falling Numbers

The latest poll from Iowa shows support for Hillary Clinton is slipping. The Des Moines Register poll shows Clinton with 37 percent of the vote – that’s down from a high near 60 percent just a few months ago.


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Esme’s Blog: Review Of Klobuchar’s New Book

No one in Minnesota underestimates Sen. Amy Klobuchar these days, and her new memoir reveals what has led to her remarkable political success.


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Talking Points: Protecting Victims Of Sexual Harassment

Some lawmakers say Minnesota laws may need to be changed to help protect victims of sexual harassment.


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Pudge, An Internet Famous Cat, Is A Full-Time Job For Her Mpls. Owner

A Twin Cities cat has become an Internet superstar. Pudge is so successful that her Minneapolis owner quit her job and now works full time managing her career.


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West Nile Virus Season Has Arrived

This cold and rainy weather may be reminiscent of autumn, but it is time to think about mosquitoes. It is the time of year when most cases of West Nile Virus are reported. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile was found in four Minnesotans who donated blood over the summer.


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Talking Points: The Aftermath Of The Teague Scandal

The director of a center for sexual assault and harassment victims at the University of Minnesota says they have been getting more calls in the wake of the sexual assault scandal involving the university’s former athletic director.