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.
An 18-year-old Minnesota man has now pleaded guilty to trying to join the terror group ISIS. Abdullahi Yusef was charged last month with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
It’s a topic a lot of people don’t like to talk about: How are you planning to pay for long-term nursing care for an elderly parent, or even yourself? Surveys show seven out of ten people over the age of 65 will need it, and the costs can be staggering: between $5,000 and $10,000 a month.
Just days after a terror threat against the Mall of America, a partisan standoff in Washington threatens to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.
The latest terror video from al-Shabaab comes days after the White House convened a terror summit that focused on combating recruiting here in the Twin Cities and the rest of the country.
Competitive sports are starting earlier and costing more than ever. So, we’re taking a look at how much families are really paying to play in some of the most popular sports.
More drama is expected this week at the Capitol as both Republicans and Democrats battle Gov. Mark Dayton over his awarding his commissioners large pay raises.
A high stakes federal court trial started Monday in St. Paul that could eventually result in the release of civilly committed Minnesota sex offenders. Right now, about 700 high-risk offenders are locked up even after they served their prison sentences. They’re considered likely to offend again if they ever get out.
The family of a woman shot and killed by police on Highway 212 last year is suing Chaska Police. The lawsuit says that Dawn Pfister was a hostage and was needlessly shot and killed by Chaska Police. Pfister was in a car driven by her boyfriend, Mathew Serbus, last February. Their car rear ended another vehicle, and they fled the scene. Police began a high-speed chase.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said he would like the legislature to take a look at gun laws that allowed someone to buy guns for the man who shot two New Hope police officers.
More than $4 million for a 30 second ad — that was the going rate for this year’s Super Bowl. But is it really worth it?
It was an emotionally charged day in Sherburne County court Wednesday as a Princeton man faced charges that he videotaped the beating and torture death of his girlfriend’s dog.
In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs.
Rescuers who pulled a man from his car after it plunged into an icy creek are shocked he survived. Yee Vang of East Bethel owes his life to those rescuers who had the right equipment to get him out quickly.
Just days before his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a major tax proposal that calls for raising taxes on the wealthy and large financial firms.
Just days before the State of the Union address, the White House disclosed a plan Saturday night to increase taxes on the wealthy. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was in the WCCO studio Sunday morning to talk with Esme Murphy about the president’s proposal.
The new speaker of the Minnesota House, Rep. Kurt Daudt, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning about road construction, gas prices, education, liquor on Sundays and the Capitol construction project.
Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,600 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion.
One person is dead and one firefighter suffered minor injuries in two separate fires in Minneapolis overnight. The two fires were also called in minutes apart, stretching the resources of the Minneapolis Fire Department. This is the second deadly fire in Minneapolis this year. Firefighters also had to battle with overnight temperatures that dipped well below zero.
As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.
It seems Minneapolis’ oldest bar may have closed its doors for good. On Tuesday, would-be customers and passersby noticed that Pracna on Main was closed. The bar and restaurant was built in 1890 and sat along the cobblestones of the city’s oldest street.
Sticker shock at the pump continues in the Twin Cities and around the nation. And for motorists filling up, it’s the good kind of shock.
This year marks the first time in 53 years that the University of Minnesota has played in a New Year’s Day bowl game. Despite the Gophers’ loss to the University of Missouri at the Citrus Bowl Thursday, WCCO wondered what benefit Minnesota gets for being in a big-time bowl game.
A Twin Cities mom says her 6-year-old daughter contracted the mumps despite getting all of her vaccines on time. The little girl, named Aurora, is in quarantine right now through Christmas to prevent others from getting the highly-contagious disease that has no known cure or treatment.
After 8 years in Congress, one of Minnesota’s best known political figures is leaving office. But Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t leaving quietly.
Authorities say that the suspect who police believe is behind a deadly shooting and high speed chase in the Twin Cities on Wednesday was a high school student in Washington state.