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.
With 35 candidates, the Mayor’s race in Minneapolis is so crowded that candidates have complained about not being invited to candidate forums and being ignored by the news media.
Minnesota, of course, has had some pretty wacky elections. Topping them all, most would say, was the 1998 Governor’s race, where former pro-wrestler Jesse Ventura used some unconventional campaign commercials to help him ride to victory.
At the Mall of America this Sunday, hundreds will take part in a walk to raise money and awareness for the National Eating Disorders Association or NEDA. One of those walking will be 14-year-old Addie Gleekel who, for the past four years, has battled anorexia. Addie is still recovering from the illness, but wanted to share her story to help other teens and families.
Lori Christiansen, whom some call the “neighbor from hell,” did not comment Wednesday as she left the courtroom. Christiansen, formerly of White Bear Lake, got national attention for tormenting her neighbors. Over the years, she has been accused of hanging demeaning signs on her garage targeting her neighbors and their children. She also violated a harassment restraining order.
Shutterfly broke ground Tuesday on a $60 million Shakopee facility. The online photo-sharing site will employ up to 1,000 full and part time employees.
President Obama is scheduled to address the nation from the Oval Office Tuesday night in an effort to get the American people to rally behind a military strike against Syria
This week, normally accessible members of Congress and their staff have not returned phone calls. Lawmakers usually ready to offer up opinions have hidden behind statements suggesting which way they are leaning but also offering up expressions of understanding for the opposing side.
Wednesday brought good news for anyone looking for a job. Minnesota’s new job numbers show that the second quarter openings reached the highest level in 12 years, with employers reporting more than 72,000 openings — an increase of 15.3 percent from the same period a year ago. But almost half of the openings are for part-time jobs that average about $12.50 an hour.
The new state run health care exchange is already facing troubles and you can’t even buy-in until October. On Tuesday the head of MNsure said its original estimates on premiums was too high. MNsure is the health exchange required under President Obama’s health care reform plan.
With the vote in Congress expected sometime next week, members of the Minnesota delegation are getting plenty of feedback. The feedback even amongst Democrats right now is leaning towards against intervening, which puts the President and members of his party, including those from Minnesota, in a very tough spot.
The results of a new study spell trouble for Minnesota sports fans’ waist lines. Believe it or not, a study published Monday in a Psychological Science found that after a sports team loses, fans of that team eat 16 percent more saturated fats than they usually do.
A community group organized a news conference this afternoon to denounce the conditions in Minneapolis schools. The focus was on schools that don’t have air conditioning.
A 29-year-old Shorewood woman has been charged with allegedly murdering her estranged boyfriend and hiding his body in a newly purchased freezer in her garage.
The Vikings stadium is in trouble. Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered an investigation into the Wilf family’s finances in the aftermath of a New Jersey judge’s ruling that the Wilf family committed civil fraud.
The stadium deal that most of us thought was a done deal in May is unraveling at the midnight hour over fallout from a New Jersey Judge’s findings that the Minnesota Vikings owners are guilty of civil fraud.