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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Was Gun Used In New Hope Bought Through A Legal Loophole?

Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek said he would like the legislature to take a look at gun laws that allowed someone to buy guns for the man who shot two New Hope police officers.

02/02/2015

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Talking Points: A $4 Million Bet On A Super Bowl Ad

More than $4 million for a 30 second ad — that was the going rate for this year’s Super Bowl. But is it really worth it?

02/01/2015

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Emotions Flare As Dog Torture Suspect Appears In Court

It was an emotionally charged day in Sherburne County court Wednesday as a Princeton man faced charges that he videotaped the beating and torture death of his girlfriend’s dog.

01/28/2015

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Talking Points: St. Paul’s Paid Parental Leave

In his State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama asked Congress for $2 billion to help states create paid family and medical leave programs.

01/25/2015

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Man Rescued From Overturned, Submerged SUV

Rescuers who pulled a man from his car after it plunged into an icy creek are shocked he survived. Yee Vang of East Bethel owes his life to those rescuers who had the right equipment to get him out quickly.

01/19/2015

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Talking Points: Obama’s Tax Plan And The Middle Class

Just days before his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled a major tax proposal that calls for raising taxes on the wealthy and large financial firms.

01/18/2015

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Interview: Sen. Franken On Obama’s Tax Proposals

Just days before the State of the Union address, the White House disclosed a plan Saturday night to increase taxes on the wealthy. Minnesota Sen. Al Franken was in the WCCO studio Sunday morning to talk with Esme Murphy about the president’s proposal.

01/18/2015

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Interview: Rep. Kurt Daudt On Legislative Priorities

The new speaker of the Minnesota House, Rep. Kurt Daudt, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning about road construction, gas prices, education, liquor on Sundays and the Capitol construction project.

01/18/2015

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After Only 2 Years, Target Pulls Out Of Canada

Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,600 employees. Target said it didn’t see how it could stop losing money before at least 2021 on its first international expansion.

01/15/2015

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1 Killed, Firefighter Injured In 2 Overnight Mpls. Fires

One person is dead and one firefighter suffered minor injuries in two separate fires in Minneapolis overnight. The two fires were also called in minutes apart, stretching the resources of the Minneapolis Fire Department. This is the second deadly fire in Minneapolis this year. Firefighters also had to battle with overnight temperatures that dipped well below zero.

01/13/2015

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Talking Points: Gas Prices, Keystone Pipeline

As gas prices continue to drop, the debate over building the Keystone pipeline is heating up. Supporters say the pipeline will help keep prices low. But critics warn the pipeline could actually increase prices in our region and will only lead to few permanent jobs.

01/11/2015

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Pracna On Main To Reopen In The Spring, Building Owner Says

It seems Minneapolis’ oldest bar may have closed its doors for good. On Tuesday, would-be customers and passersby noticed that Pracna on Main was closed. The bar and restaurant was built in 1890 and sat along the cobblestones of the city’s oldest street.

01/07/2015

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Talking Points: Will Gas Prices Continue To Fall?

Sticker shock at the pump continues in the Twin Cities and around the nation. And for motorists filling up, it’s the good kind of shock.

01/04/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Benefit Of Playing Bowl Games?

This year marks the first time in 53 years that the University of Minnesota has played in a New Year’s Day bowl game. Despite the Gophers’ loss to the University of Missouri at the Citrus Bowl Thursday, WCCO wondered what benefit Minnesota gets for being in a big-time bowl game.

01/01/2015

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Girl Quarantined With Mumps Received Vaccination

A Twin Cities mom says her 6-year-old daughter contracted the mumps despite getting all of her vaccines on time. The little girl, named Aurora, is in quarantine right now through Christmas to prevent others from getting the highly-contagious disease that has no known cure or treatment.

12/22/2014

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Talking Points: Bachmann Leaving Congress, Not Politics

After 8 years in Congress, one of Minnesota’s best known political figures is leaving office. But Rep. Michele Bachmann isn’t leaving quietly.

12/21/2014

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Suspect Shot By Police Was H.S. Student In Washington State

Authorities say that the suspect who police believe is behind a deadly shooting and high speed chase in the Twin Cities on Wednesday was a high school student in Washington state.

12/18/2014

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Sheriff: Officer-Involved Shooting Shuts Down I-694 In North Metro

A murder overnight at a Maple Grove rest stop lead to a high speed chase and the suspect being shot by officers on Interstate 694 just minutes later near Vadnais Heights.

12/17/2014

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Man Suspected In Baby’s Death Arrested

Authorities say a man suspected of assaulting a 1-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park, who later died from his injuries, is in police custody. Brooklyn Park Police say 23-year-old Reggie Delaney Harper is accused of assaulting Kazerion Harper earlier this week. Police say they believe Harper is the boy’s father.

12/11/2014

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Target, Google Team Up For In-Store Interactive Game

Any parent knows how tough it to shop with young children. And every retailer knows how tough it is to lure shoppers into their brick-and-mortar stores. Target and Google have teamed up to create an in-store interactive video game that will attract shoppers with kids. That game is being rolled out Thursday in only four Target stores nationwide, including one in Roseville.

12/10/2014

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Twin Cities Archbishop On The Defense Against Sex Allegations

The investigation into allegations that Archbishop John Nienstedt engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct with adult members of the clergy has apparently entered a new phase.

12/08/2014

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NFL Executive Troy Vincent Speaks During Second Day Of Peterson Appeal Trial

Late Thursday afternoon Adrian Peterson’s appeal before an NFL hearing officer wrapped up. This was the second day of the hearing. While Peterson made a statement at the hearing on Tuesday, he didn’t appear in person Thursday but reportedly listened in via conference call.

12/04/2014

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A Year After Massive Target Data Breach, Still No Arrests

It was this time last year when we first learned about a data breach at Target stores nationwide.

12/01/2014

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Interview: Rep. Daudt On How Republicans Retook The House

Rep. Kurt Daudt was in the WCCO-TV studio to talk with Esme Murphy on Sunday morning.

11/30/2014

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US Attorney: 2 In Minnesota Accused Of Aiding ISIL

Two people from Minnesota face charges accusing them of working to aid the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the United States Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

11/25/2014

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