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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Accused Cop Killer Pleads Not Guilty

The man accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer pleaded not guilty Monday morning, and his defense is seeking a change of venue because of the level of media coverage surrounding his case. The plea was entered by defense attorneys for Brian Fitch Sr. during a hearing in Dakota County Court.

10/20/2014

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U Of M’s Humphrey School Hosts Madeleine Albright

At the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, future leaders heard from the original “Madam Secretary” — Madeleine Albright.

10/16/2014

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Whistleblower Says Archbishop Nienstedt Must Step Down

In her first in-depth television interview, the whistleblower in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis abuse scandal said Archbishop John Nienstedt must step down. Jennifer Haselberger, the Nienstedt’s former top legal adviser, said Monday’s announcement of new policies to protect children is a significant victory, but believes new leadership is needed to implement them.

10/14/2014

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Judge OKs ‘Monumental’ Settlement In Minn. Church Abuse Case

A Minnesota judge signed off on a settlement Monday in a groundbreaking case that accused Catholic church leaders in Minnesota of creating a public nuisance by failing to warn parishioners about an abusive priest. Ramsey County Judge James Van De North approved the settlement after meeting with both sides Monday, said Jeff Anderson, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

10/13/2014

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Dayton Talks On Ebola, MNsure & The ‘Unaware’ Ad

In the wide ranging interview, Dayton responds to questions about developments in Texas where a health care worker has been diagnosed with Ebola, to the controversy surrounding his support for a tax on gasoline, as well as claims by his opponent that he does not know what is in the bills he has signed.

10/12/2014

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Minnesota Preps For Ebola Threat

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota is as ready as possible to handle an outbreak of Ebola. Dayton met Thursday with cabinet members, airport representatives and health officials to assess the level of the state’s preparedness. The case of Thomas Duncan, a Liberian who died Wednesday of Ebola in Texas, has raised concerns around the country.

10/09/2014

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White House Announces Ebola Screenings At 5 Airports, MSP Not Among Them

The White House announced enhanced screenings for Ebola at five U.S. airports Wednesday. Employees of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be taking the temperature of all travelers coming from West Africa at airports in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Washington D.C and Atlanta. Anyone with a temperature would then be taken to the quarantine station for further evaluation.

10/08/2014

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Expert Sounds Off On Rash Of Sex Assaults By Authority Figures

Sexual assault charges against a high school tennis coach are the latest in a long line of cases were coaches have been accused of having sex with young teens. Charges were filed Monday against Daniel Hubbard-Wilson, a coach at the all-girls Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.

10/07/2014

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Widow Of 1st American Ebola Victim Strives To End Ignorance

The Dallas Ebola case is leading to widespread concern in the 30,000-strong Twin Cities Liberian community — the largest outside of Africa. The widow of the first American citizen to die of Ebola, who lives in Coon Rapids, picked up a donation of cleaning supplies for Liberia at St. Cloud State University Monday.

10/06/2014

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Talking Points: Ellison Talks Ebola Concerns In Minn.

An estimated 20,000 Liberians live in the Twin Cities, one of the largest Liberian communities in the United States. Liberian residents in the Twin Cities say misinformation about Ebola has left them and their families at times feeling like outcasts.

10/05/2014

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Burnsville Incident Shows Risks Children Face On Social Media

Charges are expected Thursday against a Burnsville man after two 13-year-old girls he met through social media spent the night at his home. The case highlights the potential risks social media can pose for kids.

10/01/2014

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Man Arrested After 2 Girls Reported Missing Found Safe

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office said the two teenage girls who went missing from Andover, Minn. have been found safe in Burnsville.

09/30/2014

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Minnesota Twins Fans Have Mixed Feelings On Gardenhire’s Firing

While some fans say firing Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is long overdue, others say they feel torn by loyalty to a manager they genuinely liked as a person. In the past few seasons, as the losses mounted, Gardenhire was most memorable for his fiery exits. But many fans still remember the winning years and the always winning personality.

09/29/2014

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10-Month-Old Almost Shot By High-Powered Rifle

Bloomington police say it is a miracle that a 10-month-old boy was not killed after a round from a high-powered rifle hit his crib, missing his head by inches. Ten-month-old Charlie Sewell was asleep when a man visiting the home next door accidentally discharged a semi-automatic rifle.

09/25/2014

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Fatal N. Mpls. Shooting Could Be Ruled Self Defense

A deadly shooting in Minneapolis committed by a 21-year-old man who had a permit to carry could be ruled a justified case of self-defense.

09/24/2014

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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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