Esme Murphy

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.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 1990
Hometown: New York, New York
Alma Mater: Harvard University

FAVORITES
Music: I love all music
Movie: The Sound of Music
TV Show: 60 Minutes
Book: Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Food: Lobster
Local Restaurant: Wakame
Hidden MN Gem: Cedar Lake, Minneapolis
Sport/Exercise: Hockey
Historical Figure: Abraham Lincoln
Famous Minnesotan: Hubert Humphrey
Quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Word: Relentless
Vacation Spot: New York City
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? East Coast
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? GOOSE

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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Judge Denies Motion For 2 Convicted Of Trying To Join ISIS

A judge has ruled against a motion by two of the three men convicted on terror charges last month.

07/05/2016

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Nation Eyeing Paulsen-Bonoff Race

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07/04/2016

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Talking Points: The Overuse Of Antibiotics

The overuse of antibiotics is leading to the development of new strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses are caused by strains of antibiotic bacteria each year.

07/03/2016

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Judge Setting Up DNA Testing To Determine Prince Estate Heirs

The effort to settle Prince’s estate is getting messier by the minute. The entertainment superstar died two months ago without a will.

06/27/2016

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Talking Points: Terror Top Concern At Sheriffs’ Convention

Some 3,000 sheriffs and sheriff’s deputies are in Minneapolis for the National Sheriffs’ Association Convention.

06/26/2016

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New State Fair Foods Announced, No New Vendors Added

The Minnesota State Fair has unveiled their list of 32 new foods, and for the first time in recent memory, there are no new vendors at the Fair.

06/21/2016

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Allina Nurses Strike Day 2: Impact On Patient Care

On day two of the Allina nurses strike, there are two very different versions of the impact on patient care.

06/20/2016

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Talking Points: Twin Cities Pride To Honor Orlando Victims

A week after the massacre in Orlando, the organizers of the Twin Cities Pride Festival are working hard to make sure the festival here is safe for the 1.5 million people expected to attend.

06/19/2016

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State Patrol Seeks Info In Hit & Run That Killed 10-Year-Old Girl

The State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in solving a hit-and-run crash near Lake Mille Lacs Friday night that killed a 10-year-old girl.

06/14/2016

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Orlando Shooting Prompts Questions On FBI Monitoring Terrorists

The FBI’s open-then-closed investigation into Omar Mateen’s history raises the question: How many other home-grown terrorists are being investigated, and how many are still a threat that may have dropped off the radar?

06/13/2016

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Investigating Theft Of Lady’s Slipper Flower

The Showy Lady’s Slipper is Minnesota’s state flower, and it’s against the law to pick it without permission from the landowner.

06/07/2016

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Talking Points: Daudt Calls Dayton’s Demands ‘Not Reasonable’

Through a spokesperson, Gov. Mark Dayton said again Sunday that he will veto a major tax cut bill this week unless Republicans agree to his conditions for a special season.

06/05/2016

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3 Men Guilty In Minneapolis Terror Trial

A jury has found three Minneapolis men guilty of trying to join ISIS. United States Attorney Andy Luger says they were not wayward kids who were misled by a friend: they made a deliberate decision to join the terrorist organization.

06/03/2016

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Closing Arguments Given In Terror Trial, Deliberations Begin

Jury deliberations are expected to begin soon in the federal trial of three Minnesota men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

06/01/2016

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Terror Trial Continues Closing Arguments Tuesday

The federal trial of three young men accused of conspiring to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group is winding down in Minnesota.

05/31/2016

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Dayton Says Terms Must Be Met Before Calling Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton will have about two weeks to decide if he’s going to call a special session.

05/30/2016

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Talking Points: What Dayton Wants Before Calling A Special Session

The governor said he won’t call a special session unless he gets more funding for higher education and the Southwest Light Rail project.

05/29/2016

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Defendant In Terror Trial Takes The Stand

One of the three defendants in the Twin Cities terror trial took the stand Thursday afternoon in his own defense.

05/26/2016

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Families Clash For 2nd-Straight Day At Terror Trial

Tensions exploded for the second-consecutive day at a Twin Cities terror trial. Sahra Warsame, the sister of Abdirizak Warsame, was handcuffed and briefly detained Wednesday morning as she and at least 30 others waited to get into court Wednesday morning.

05/25/2016

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Terror Trial Judge Warns Defendant’s Mom To Stop Confrontations

A federal Judge issued a warning to the mother of one of the defendants in the Twin Cities terror trial Tuesday. Abdirahman Daud, Mohamed Farah and Guled Omar are all on trial accused of trying to join ISIS.

05/24/2016

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Defense Attorneys Take On FBI Informant In Terror Trial

The 20-year-old informant in the Twin Cities terror trial has been paid $100,000 by the FBI for his work.

05/23/2016

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Talking Points: Trump And Minnesota Republicans

At the party convention in Duluth this weekend, party leaders made an appeal for Minnesota Republicans to unite behind Donald Trump.

05/22/2016

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Jury Hears Secret Recordings By FBI Informant In Terror Trial

Secret recordings made by a paid informant were played in court Thursday in the trial of three Twin Cities men accused of trying to join ISIS.

05/19/2016

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Paid FBI Informant Takes The Stand In Terror Trial

In January of 2015, Abdirahman Bashir became an FBI informant and secretly recorded conversations with the three defendants.

05/18/2016

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Prosecutors Try To Link Terror Suspects With Known ISIS Fighter

A brief testimony from the sister of a known ISIS fighter on Tuesday underscored one of the key prosecution points in the terror trial of three young Somali-Americans from Minnesota — that the defendants all tried their hardest to join the fighter in Syria.

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