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.
A Litchfield woman says she thought she was going to drown after her truck plunged off an icy road and into a drainage ditch Tuesday. Debra Decker was driving on Highway 7 just west of Hutchinson about at around 5 p.m. when her truck landed on its roof — leaving Decker hanging upside down.
Twin Cities leaders are breaking ground Tuesday on a project that will nearly double the size of Mall of America. MOA officials said when the project is done, you can expect a multi-level complex that will connect to the existing mall on all four levels.
In Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state. A federal judge warned that some of those men need to be let go because parts of the program are unconstitutional.
Two State lawmakers recently offered several bills that would achieve the same goal: allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. The bills range from allowing state-wide sales on Sunday to just allowing sales at breweries and tap rooms across the state. Another proposal by Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jennifer Loon of Eden Prairie would let individual cities decide if they want to allow Sunday sales.
Target is under fire once again after a front-page article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek says the company ignored an early warning from its own cybersecurity firm that it had been attacked. The news magazine is reporting that Target received the warning on Nov. 30. Previously, Target CEO Greg Steinhafel said he learned of the breach on Dec. 15. The public was notified Dec. 19.
Police in Mankato said Tuesday the recent deaths of a 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old female could be tied to the use of synthetic cocaine. Mankato Police were called on Wednesday, March 5, at about 5:33 p.m. to a residence on Glenwood Avenue on a medical call.
Those for and against an anti-bullying bill gave emotional and passionate testimony Tuesday at the Senate Education Hearing at the State Capitol. Critics say language in the bill which protects specific group, including gays, threatens religious freedom. But supporters say the bill protects all students. Two-hundred people waited in line to get into the hearing. Many, like the Ross family of Forest Lake, were forced to watch in an overflow room. They support the bill because sixth-grader Jake Ross was bullied while in second grade.
Restaurant and resort owners were at the Capitol Monday, lobbying against the proposed increase in the minimum wage. They say most servers already make well over the minimum wage when you factor in tips. Some said the increase would force them to lay off employees and raise prices, and they are trying to get lawmakers to carve out exceptions to the current proposed increase.
Last week the Minnesota legislature took the first step to possibly legalizing medical marijuana. A medical marijuana bill passed a key House committee.
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers to unveil new plans to repeal a source of annoyance to many Minnesotans — the Sunday prohibition on liquor sales. Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are introducing a range of bills, from full repeal to more measured steps.
A rescued puppy is able to spread the love he’s received thanks to WCCO’s viewers. On Saturday night, we introduced you to a 3-month-old hound named Cupid. The rescue group Ruff Start took him in, knowing he’d need surgery to fix his deformed front paws.
Al-Shabab uses Internet videos to convince Minnesota men to come back to Somalia. But now, a Somali youth group is fighting back with a documentary of their own.
Minnesota lawmakers have the kind of problem on their hands that, at first glance, would appear to be a good thing. Friday the state announced a surprising $1.23 billion surplus. But the debate about what to do with the surplus is so intense its even pitting members of the same party against each other.
A ruling late last week says the legislature needs to act to fix a draconian system that Minnesota uses to lock up more than 700 sexually dangerous offenders.
Two men sit in the Sherburne County Jail charged with a brutal Elk River home invasion. But the biggest threat came as 40-year-old Aaron Martin and 31-year-old Ryan Woehler sent police on a high-speed chase, going the wrong way on Interstate 94 near Rogers last Thursday. Dozens of motorists and law enforcement officers were put at risk as the pursuit continued for nearly two miles. Authorities believed that the men had a kidnapping victim with them.