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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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Minn. Lawmaker Proposing Statewide Restrictions On E-Cigarettes

A Minnesota legislator is now proposing a bill that would put e-cigarettes across under the same state-wide restrictions as cigarettes. The bill from DFL State Rep. Phyllis Kahn would limit the use of e-cigarettes under the Minnesota Clean Indoor Act.

02/17/2014

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Talking Points: MNsure & The Governor’s Race

A major issue in this year’s governor’s race is the state health care exchange MNsure, and how it’s performing. Esme Murphy has the Talking Points.

02/16/2014

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2 Suspects ID’d In Elk River Home Invasion, Police Chase

Authorities said two suspects were arrested Thursday morning in connection with an Elk River home invasion that ended with a police chase through the northwest Twin Cities metro. Elk River Police were called at about 9:05 a.m. to a possible home invasion on the 18500 block of Quinty Court.

02/13/2014

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Fmr. Totino-Grace Head, Forced Out For Being Gay, To Lead St. Paul School

An educator who was forced out as president of Totino-Grace High School because he is gay will now be the head of another Twin Cities private school. Dr. Bill Hudson resigned from Totino-Grace last June after revealing to board members that he had been in a committed same-sex relationship for 18 years. Hudson wasn’t sure where he would end up, but on Monday night, Mounds Park Academy officially named him the new head of school.

02/12/2014

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With Strike Vote Looming, St. Paul Schools & Teachers’ Union At Odds

In response to a strike vote scheduled, St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valerie Silva announced plans to cancel classes and lay off 2,500 nonunion workers if teachers walk off the job.

02/11/2014

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Fmr. Viking Player, Friend React To Michael Sam’s Announcement

A University of Missouri football all-American is making headlines around the country for announcing he is gay. While Sam just went public in interviews Sunday, he had come out to teammates and friends last year.

02/10/2014

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Talking Points: Klobuchar On Target Data Breach

The investigation into the Target data breach is focusing on a Pennsylvania refrigeration company that had a contract with Target and billed the retailer electronically.

02/09/2014

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Target Taking Actions On Security, Executive Says

An executive of Target Corp. says the retailer has taken actions to shore up security following the massive breach of millions of consumers’ data during the holiday season. He urged banks, retailers and the government to work together to protect consumers.

02/04/2014

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Senate Hearings Begin On Target Data Breach

Congress began a series of hearings Monday before a Senate banking subcommittee into the massive data breach at Target and other retailers. The Secret Service was grilled about when Target told then about the breach, and another hearing is slated for Tuesday. That’s when Target CFO John Mulligan will be in the hot seat.

02/03/2014

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No Charges Against Archdiocese In Minn. Church Abuse

Ramsey County authorities will not be charging the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for its handling of the case of a priest who was later convicted of sexually abusing two children.

01/29/2014

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Esme’s Blog: A Note to School Administrators

To school administrators: I get it, your job is hard. But being a mom, dad or guardian of a child is too. I get that when the high is -10, schools should be closed. What I don’t get is why these calls are not made sooner so that parents can make plans, not only for their children but for their own work schedules.

01/25/2014

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Wild Players Parise, Suter Express Concern Over Sochi Security

As athletes from around the world prepare to attend the Olympics in Sochi next month, concerns about security continue to mount. One member of the Senate Intelligence Committee says he wouldn’t go, and he wouldn’t have his family go.

01/22/2014

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Klobuchar Proposes Kill Switch In Cell Phones At The ‘U’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar chose to hold her news conference call Tuesday on phone companies, saying they should put a kill switch in all cell phones at the University of Minnesota.

01/21/2014

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MSP Airport Considers Gambling Expansion

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport is eyeing a major expansion of gambling with a plan to sell Minnesota Lottery tickets on about 2,500 electronic tablets that are already installed in the main terminal. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan confirms Monday that the plan is under consideration by the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

01/20/2014

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Talking Points: Getting U.S. Credit Cards More Secure

New developments have been revealed about the Target data breach. The cyber intelligence company, Intelcrawler, says a 17-year-old from Russia, may be the author of the malware that is being blamed for the compromising of more than 100 million credit card accounts used at Target.

01/19/2014

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