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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MN State Trooper Who Pulled Woman From Flooded Car Wins Award

A Minnesota State Trooper’s rescue of a mother from floodwaters earned him the honor of being named “National Law Enforcement Officer of the Month” by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Trooper Brian Beuning rescued Julisa Jones from her car near Luverne, Minn., moments before the floodwaters swept it away.

09/22/2014

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PR Consultant: Vikings Will Bounce Back From Peterson Crisis

The fallout continues in the aftermath of Adrian Peterson’s departure from the Minnesota Vikings. While the team has removed most of Peterson’s presence from its website, Peterson is still featured in both the still images and animations for the team’s new $1 billion stadium.

09/18/2014

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Public Opinion Varied On Vikings, Peterson

From the cover of the New York Daily News on Monday that featured a smiling Vikings fan carrying a switch, to the dozens of reporters and photographers who descended on Winter Park Wednesday for a news conference, criticism of the team has been harsh. As the Vikings owners explained yet another about face, the analysis from ESPN’s analysts was tough.

09/17/2014

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Obama Didn’t Mention ISIS Recruiting, But Minn. Community Still On Edge

President Barack Obama did not mention in his Wednesday night address the recruitment of Minnesotans by ISIS (or ISIL). There are reports that as many as 15 young men and women with Minnesota ties have left to join the terror group.

09/11/2014

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New Study Sheds Light On Sex Trafficking In Mpls.

It’s an ugly business. A new study by the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Foundation reveals local victims of sex trafficking are recruited in places we like to think are safe havens.

09/10/2014

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Woman Talks Of Losing Baby To Preeclampsia,

Preeclampsia a very important medical condition that can affect pregnant women. Jaime Nolan, a Twin Cities woman, had a severe case of it. She had to have an emergency C-section to deliver her baby girl at 26 weeks gestation. Her daughter, Grace, weighed only 1 pound, 1 ounces at birth. Grace lived for just eight days.

09/07/2014

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The Latest ISIS Recruit From Minn. Is A 19-Year-Old Woman

The latest ISIS recruit from Minnesota is a 19-year-old woman who told her family she will be taking care of wounded fighters in Syria.

09/04/2014

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2014 State Fair Sets New Record For Overall Attendance

The Minnesota State Fair has finished with an all-time attendance record within reach. Officials will weigh fairgoers’ tickets on Tuesday to determine the total attendance for the 12-day Great Minnesota Get-Together.

09/02/2014

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Revamped West End Getting Credit For Big Fair Turnout

The Minnesota State Fair is always a popular place to spend Labor Day weekend. But this last weekend was one for the record books. More than quarter million people came through the gates on Saturday, setting a one day all-time record.

09/01/2014

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Family Hopes Report Of 2nd MN Man Dying Fighting For ISIS Are Wrong

Family and friends of a Minnesota man are hoping reports that he died fighting with ISIS in Somalia are wrong. On Thursday, the State Department said they could not confirm news and social media reports that a second Minnesotan — Abdiramaan Muhumud — also died fighting for ISIS.

08/28/2014

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How Did Douglas McCain Become A Terrorist?

New details are emerging about the 33-year-old former Minnesotan who died while fighting in Syria.

08/27/2014

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Former Robbinsdale H.S. Student Dies In Syria

A 33-year-old man who once lived in Minnesota and attended a New Hope high school was killed over the weekend in Syria, according to CBS News. Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was most recently living in San Diego, California, was killed in Syria while fighting on behalf of ISIS.

08/26/2014

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Q&A With Man Selected To Investigate Clergy Abuse

The embattled Twin Cities archdiocese has appointed a former top cop to investigate allegations of clergy abuse. Tim O’Malley is not only the former Superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, he is also a judge and a former FBI agent.

08/25/2014

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Talking Points: Minnesota Governor’s Race At the State Fair

The Minnesota Fair marks the unofficial kick-off of the fall election campaigns. Both Governor Mark Dayton and his Republican challenger, Jeff Johnson, are making their case in person with fair goers.

08/24/2014

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Friends Of Kelly Phillips Make Plea To Find His Killer

Friends of Kelly Phillips helped raise the money to increase the reward to find Ty Hoffman, the man accused in Phillips’ shooting death. Two of those friends, Jason Tober and Erick Lucken, joined Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning to talk about the reward and search for Hoffman.

08/24/2014

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