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 mother of two.

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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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.


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Amid Questions Over AD, U Of M Launches Investigation

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and the chair of the university’s Board of Regents have agreed to a major independent investigation of the school’s athletic department.


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Minnesota Legislators Expect Costly Fix To Sex Offender Program

The state of Minnesota is trying to figure out what to do with more than 700 sex offenders that a Federal court ruled are being held unconstitutionally.


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Talking Points: Closed-Door Meeting On Sex Offender Program

In June, a federal judge declared the state program that locks up civilly committed sex offenders unconstitutional.


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Outrage Continues Following The Killing Of Cecil The Lion

Vandals attacked one of the homes of the Minnesota dentist who shot and killed Cecil the Lion. They spray painted “Lion Killer!” on the garage door at Dr. Walter Palmer’s Marco Island vacation home in Florida.


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Federal Judge, State Leaders To Meet On Sex Offender Program Fix

In June, Federal Judge Donovan Frank ruled that the state program which houses more than 700 civilly committed sex offenders is unconstitutional. Judge Frank has asked top elected officials, including Gov. Mark Dayton and House Speaker Kurt Daudt, to attend a conference next Monday to come up with a fix to that program.


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Deadline Reached For Bankruptcy Claims Against Twin Cities Archdiocese

Right now the Archdiocese is facing $26 million in claims, but that figure will jump dramatically. Of the 653 claims against the Archdiocese more than 400 are from victims of clergy abuse.


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Talking Points: VP Joe Biden Considering Presidential Run

The New York Times is among major media outlets reporting that Vice President Joe Biden is considering getting into the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination. The Times and other outlets report that Biden’s late son Beau, who died of cancer in May, urged his father to run.


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Patients Of Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Talk To WCCO

The patients of Dr. Walter Palmer that spoke with WCCO all described him as an excellent dentist. But they also expressed shock over the killing of Cecil the lion, as well as the fact that Palmer had a prior felony for poaching a black bear in Wisconsin and a sizable sexual harassment award against him.


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Group Looking To Save Historic Robbinsdale Theater From Demolition

A local group is working to try and keep an historic theater from being torn down. The owners of the historic Terrace Theatre in Robbinsdale are indicating the building is for sale.


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Talking Points: Is There Too Much Construction In The West Metro?

Commuters traveling into downtown Minneapolis from western suburbs will get a break from a project that has created major tie ups the last two weeks.


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State Fair Will Have Roller Coaster, Games & Free Sunscreen

State Fair goers will notice something missing from this year’s fair – the poultry birds.


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Hodges Attends Pope’s Conference On Sex Trafficking, Climate Change

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges traveled to the Vatican to be among the individuals signing a declaration against modern slavery.


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Liquor Price War Means Cheap Booze In Twin Cities

Since Total Wine stores entered the Twin Cities market, full out price wars have been underway in the local beer, wine and liquor markets.


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Talking Points: Doctor’s Perspective On Medical Pot Program

Three weeks into the roll out of Minnesota’s medical marijuana program, the number of patients enrolling continues to be lower than many expected.


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Leaving Canoe, 14-Year-Old Drowns In St. Croix River

A 14-year-old girl drowned in the St. Croix River over the weekend while canoeing with her sibling and friends. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says that Taw Meh, of St. Paul, was south of Interstate Park at about 3:20 p.m. on Sunday when she and her group stopped on a sandbar.


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Talking Points: ‘Yes Means Yes’ Policy At The U Of M

The University of Minnesota is postponing the implementation of a new sexual assault policy over concerns that it might infringe on the rights of those who are accused.


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Interim Archbishop Aims To Rebuild Trust In Church

The scandal-rocked Twin Cities archdiocese has a new leader, and he’s wasting no time in signaling a dramatically different tone than his predecessor. In an one-on-one interview Friday, interim Archbishop Bernard Hebda said there can be no tolerance of sex abuse in 2015.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.