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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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McFadden Aiming To Unseat Sen. Al Franken

During his weekly radio address to the nation, President Obama explained more about the operations he authorized in Iraq. The Republican Response was given by U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota, Mike McFadden.

08/10/2014

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Larry Jacobs Previews Aug. 12 Primary Elections

Voters in Minnesota will be going to the polls in just two days to cast their primary ballots in the U.S. Senate race, the Governor’s race on the Republican side and a surprising State Auditor’s race on the DFL side.

08/10/2014

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Man’s Hi-Def Home Surveillance Helps Nab 5 Armed Robbers

The chilling kidnapping and robbery of a young woman in Minneapolis was captured on high-definition surveillance cameras. It happened early last Tuesday morning in south Minneapolis. In the video, you can see a woman walking with two of the suspects down Lyndale Avenue. Look closely, and you can see she is in a headlock.

08/05/2014

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Talking Points: Aug. 12 Primary Elections In Minnesota

You may not be thinking politics right now, but in just eight days Minnesota votes will go the polls to cast ballots in the Aug. 12 primary. Turnout is expected to be very low and that has candidates scrambling for support.

08/03/2014

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Archbishop Nienstedt Denies Allegations: ‘I Am Not Bigoted’

The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he will not resign and insists the Church has turned a corner with new policies to better address allegations of sexual abuse by priests. You can watch the entirety of Esme Murphy’s interview with the archbishop here.

07/31/2014

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Good Samaritan Rescues Mother, Infant From St. Paul Blaze

A Good Samaritan saved a mother and child from a raging house fire in St. Paul Monday night, and investigators believe it was a clear case of arson. Rick Johann was able to rescue the woman and her 7-month-old infant girl through a window.

07/29/2014

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Talking Points: Why Is The Jury In The Ventura Trial Taking So Long?

Last week, the jury for the Jesse Ventura defamation trial deliberated for nearly 25 hours without coming to a verdict. The lengthy deliberations have even experts wondering what could be taking so long.

07/27/2014

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Study: Minnesota No. 5 Best State For Children

A recent study conducted by the Children’s Defense Fund found that Minnesota remains among the top five states in children well-being, but deeper analysis still shows some troubling disparities in economic stability and education for children of color.

07/22/2014

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Talking Points: Russian Aggression & The MH17 Tragedy

On Wednesday of last week, President Barack Obama announced economic sanctions to punish Russia for supplying arms to the rebels in Ukraine. The very next day the Malaysian Airliner was shot down.

07/20/2014

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The Process Has Begun To Release Civilly-Committed Sex Offenders

A federal court proceeding has cleared the way for what will likely be the release of one, and likely more, dangerous sex offenders. The offenders are civilly committed and housed at state facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.

07/16/2014

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Chris Kluwe’s Lawyer Threatens To Sue Vikings

Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says the Minnesota Vikings have backed down on their promise to release the results of an investigation into homophobia among the team’s coaching staff.

07/15/2014

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Check These Affordable (Even Free) All-Star Game Events

We all know the All Star Game is coming and, of course, the tickets are really expensive. But you may not know that there are some free events and others that might just fit into your family budget.

07/08/2014

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Talking Points: U.S. Questions How To Respond To Rebel Advances In Iraq

Fighting continues in Iraq with government forces continuing to try and hold off the advances of Sunni militants. The appearance this weekend of the militant spiritual leader Abu Bakr al – Baghdadi at a mosque in Mosul, despite a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head, is seen as a further sign of how emboldened the rebels have become. Questions are also growing over whether the U.S. should back an effort to replace the current president of Iraq, Nouri Al-Maliki.

07/06/2014

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Should Archbishop Nienstedt Step Down During Investigation?

The fallout continues Wednesday over the news that Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation for sexual misconduct. While the archbishop denies the allegations, the Twin Cities Archdiocese says it has hired an outside firm to investigate the claims.

07/02/2014

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Good Samaritan Saves Man From Burning Car In New Brighton

Authorities said a Woodbury man saved another man’s life Sunday after pulling him from a burning car on I-35W in New Brighton. The Minnesota State Patrol said the incident happened at about 6:40 p.m. on I-35W and County Road D.

06/30/2014

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