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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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3 Minnesota Men Charged In Terrorism Case To Remain Jailed

Three Minnesota men accused of trying to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group will remain in custody for now.

07/08/2015

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Terror Suspect Caught Boasting He Won’t Be De-Radicalized

A Minnesota terror suspect is recorded boasting he and his friends will never be de-radicalized. The quotes come from a court document released ahead of a hearing Wednesday in which three suspects will ask a judge to free them before trial.

07/07/2015

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Terror Suspect Released To Halfway House Kept Box Cutter Under Bed

A Minneapolis man convicted of trying to help ISIS is back in jail after a box cutter was found under his bed at a halfway house.

07/06/2015

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Minneapolis Aquatennial Festival Undergoes Image Overhaul

The Minneapolis Aquatennial, one of the most beloved summer festivals in the Twin Cities, has given itself a facelift. Event organizers have unveiled new logos for the festival that takes place July 22 through July 25. The “A” in “Aquatennial” includes an element of the Stone Arch Bridge.

07/01/2015

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Obama Wants More Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay

An estimated 90,000 Minnesota workers, and about six million across the country, could soon be able to get overtime pay under a new proposal by President Obama. Right now, salaried workers making less than $23,660 get overtime pay under federal law.

06/30/2015

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Clergy Abuse Victims Call For Others To Come Forward

Three victims of clergy abuse have made a video appeal for other victims to come forward. An attorney for victims is asking a judge to order the video be played in all 216 Minnesota parishes on Sunday, July 12.

06/29/2015

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Talking Points: Minnesota’s Rocky Medical Pot Rollout

This Wednesday is the first day Minnesotans can pick up medical marijuana prescriptions.

06/28/2015

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Only 41 MN Patients Signed Up For Medical Marijuana

Minnesota’s new medical marijuana program opens for business in just five days, but so far only 41 patients are registered and will be able to get their prescriptions. Patients and their famlies put the blame for the low number on an enrollment process that is turning out to be far more difficult than anyone expected.

06/24/2015

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After Crash That Killed Husband, Hastings Woman Wants Answers

A Hastings woman is making a public appeal, trying to get information about a driver she believes caused the crash that killed her husband.

06/22/2015

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Talking Points: What’s Next For State’s Sex Offender Program?

The state of Minnesota is indicating it will appeal a federal court ruling last week that declared the state’s sex offender treatment program unconstitutional.

06/21/2015

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Talking Points: Troop Deployments, Cold War Tensions

Are we headed back to the days of the Cold War? Just days after the White House announced 450 additional U.S. troops would be sent to Iraq, the Pentagon said it wants to deploy heavy weaponry and as many as 5,000 troops in Eastern Europe.

06/14/2015

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MN Terror Suspect Released Following Supreme Court Ruling

A young man who had threatened local FBI agents was set free Tuesday in part because of a U.S. Supreme court ruling 10 days ago. Mohamed Ali Omar, the older brother of one of seven Minnesota terror suspects accused of trying to join ISIS, was found guilty in March of threatening FBI agents who came to his south Minneapolis home to investigate his brother.

06/09/2015

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Shutdown May Be Averted In Minnesota: Dayton Drops Auditor Demand

Republican Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have reached a deal on the Minnesota state budget, avoiding a potential government shutdown on July 1 that would have left around 9,500 government workers unemployed.

06/08/2015

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Talking Points: Daudt Talks Looming Shutdown, Auditor Bill Issues

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, who was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning, said he hopes there isn’t a shutdown over the language in the auditor bill the governor signed and then disagreed with.

06/07/2015

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8 Minnesota Insurance Companies Proposing Big Rate Hikes

Eight Minnesota companies are asking for big rate hikes for health insurance premiums in 2016. Many of the proposed increase are in excess of 50 percent.

06/04/2015

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Sen. Franken Seeks Answers Over FBI Surveillance Flights

Sen. Al Franken has ten big questions for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in light of the recent surveillance flights that occurred over a number of U.S. metro areas, including the Twin Cities.

06/03/2015

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Secret Aerial FBI Program Uncovered By 23-Year-Old Journalist

The FBI has admitted to flying secret surveillance flights over American cities in recent weeks. The story was first reported by Sam Richards who put out information under the twitter handle @MinneapolisAM. The 23-year-old independent journalist first published the story of the FBI surveillance program on the website Medium on May 26.

06/02/2015

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Thousands Seeking Marijuana Prescriptions May Not Get Them

Thousands of Minnesotans who qualify for medical marijuana prescriptions may not be able to get them next month. Patients started registering for the new program on Monday, but one of the state’s largest neurology practices says its doctors won’t take part for now.

06/01/2015

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Talking Points: Father Of Abbey Taylor Talks Pool Safety After St. Paul Rescue

A 7-year-old boy remains hospitalized after falling into a St. Paul pool and being submerged in murky water for several minutes. The accident happened at a St. Paul pool last Monday. A WCCO investigation found that because of a gap in state inspection procedures, neither the state nor the city had been inspecting the pool.

05/31/2015

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41 Indicted In Alleged Heroin Ring On Reservations

Forty-one people are facing federal charges in an alleged drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed drugs across the Upper Midwest and on two large Minnesota Indian reservations.

05/28/2015

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City Inspectors Knew Of Dangerous St. Paul Pool Where 2 Young Brothers Nearly Drowned

A WCCO investigation found the city of St. Paul has known about the dangers at an abandoned swimming pool for three years. Two brothers nearly drowned when one jumped a fence outside their apartment building on Memorial Day.

05/27/2015

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Health Department Not Inspecting Closed Pools

A WCCO investigation has uncovered a gap in state pool inspections that the St. Paul fire marshal says may have contributed to a tragedy involving two young brothers.

05/26/2015

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Talks Between Gov, House Speaker Begin Tuesday To Avoid Shutdown

Talks will get underway Tuesday between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt in an effort to avoid a partial state government shutdown on July 1.

05/25/2015

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Talking Points: Dayton, Daudt Hopeful Ahead Of Special Session

A special session that was expected to be difficult just got a whole lot messier. On Saturday, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the agriculture-and-environment bill, as well the jobs bill. That’s on top of the education bill he also vetoed earlier in the week.

05/24/2015

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Archdiocese Under Investigation In Pedophile Priest Case

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office has launched a new criminal investigation into how top officials at the Twin Cities Archdiocese handled the case of a convicted pedophile priest.

05/21/2015

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