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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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MSP Urges Travelers To Arrive 2.5 Hours Before Departure

If you are flying out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, plan on getting there even earlier than usual. Travelers are now being advised to get to MSP two-and-a-half-hours early to make sure you make your flight. Airport officials say a perfect storm of factors have led to some the longest security lines in years, which have caused a lot of people to miss flights.

03/26/2014

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Charges Filed In H.S. Football Player’s Death After Party

Charges have been filed against a number of people – including a father and son – in connection to the death of a Dawson teenager who fled an underage drinking party and died of hypothermia, the Lac qui Parle County Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

03/24/2014

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Talking Points: MNsure Sign Ups In The Final Week

A week from Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance under Obamacare. Despite early problems, the state of Minnesota’s health exchange, MNsure, says it is seeing a huge surge of people signing up.

03/23/2014

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Mpls. City Council Delays Moratorium On Home Teardowns

The Minneapolis City Council delayed any action on a one-year moratorium on the teardown of homes in southwest area of the city on Thursday. City Council Member Linnea Palmisano, who represents Ward 13, declared the moratorium because of what she says are growing concerns about the large number of small homes being torn down and replaced by much larger ones.

03/20/2014

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Litchfield Woman Rescued From Water-Filled Ditch Tells Her Story

A Litchfield woman says she thought she was going to drown after her truck plunged off an icy road and into a drainage ditch Tuesday. Debra Decker was driving on Highway 7 just west of Hutchinson about at around 5 p.m. when her truck landed on its roof — leaving Decker hanging upside down.

03/19/2014

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Officials Break Ground On Mall Of America Expansion Project

Twin Cities leaders are breaking ground Tuesday on a project that will nearly double the size of Mall of America. MOA officials said when the project is done, you can expect a multi-level complex that will connect to the existing mall on all four levels.

03/18/2014

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Inmates Seek Release Amid Sex Offender Program Controversy

In Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state. A federal judge warned that some of those men need to be let go because parts of the program are unconstitutional.

03/17/2014

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Talking Points: The Push For Sunday Liquor Sales

Two State lawmakers recently offered several bills that would achieve the same goal: allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. The bills range from allowing state-wide sales on Sunday to just allowing sales at breweries and tap rooms across the state. Another proposal by Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jennifer Loon of Eden Prairie would let individual cities decide if they want to allow Sunday sales.

03/16/2014

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Target Under Fire For Ignoring Cybersecurity Risk

Target is under fire once again after a front-page article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek says the company ignored an early warning from its own cybersecurity firm that it had been attacked. The news magazine is reporting that Target received the warning on Nov. 30. Previously, Target CEO Greg Steinhafel said he learned of the breach on Dec. 15. The public was notified Dec. 19.

03/13/2014

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Police: Drug Possibly Tied To 2 Recent Deaths In Mankato

Police in Mankato said Tuesday the recent deaths of a 22-year-old man and a 17-year-old female could be tied to the use of synthetic cocaine. Mankato Police were called on Wednesday, March 5, at about 5:33 p.m. to a residence on Glenwood Avenue on a medical call.

03/12/2014

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Emotions Flare At Anti-Bullying Bill Hearing

Those for and against an anti-bullying bill gave emotional and passionate testimony Tuesday at the Senate Education Hearing at the State Capitol. Critics say language in the bill which protects specific group, including gays, threatens religious freedom. But supporters say the bill protects all students. Two-hundred people waited in line to get into the hearing. Many, like the Ross family of Forest Lake, were forced to watch in an overflow room. They support the bill because sixth-grader Jake Ross was bullied while in second grade.

03/11/2014

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Restaurant Owners Make Stand Against Proposed Minimum Wage Increase

Restaurant and resort owners were at the Capitol Monday, lobbying against the proposed increase in the minimum wage. They say most servers already make well over the minimum wage when you factor in tips. Some said the increase would force them to lay off employees and raise prices, and they are trying to get lawmakers to carve out exceptions to the current proposed increase.

03/10/2014

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Talking Points: Will MN Legalize Medical Marijuana?

Last week the Minnesota legislature took the first step to possibly legalizing medical marijuana. A medical marijuana bill passed a key House committee.

03/09/2014

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Lawmakers Eye New Push Against Sunday Liquor Ban

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers to unveil new plans to repeal a source of annoyance to many Minnesotans — the Sunday prohibition on liquor sales. Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are introducing a range of bills, from full repeal to more measured steps.

03/06/2014

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WCCO Viewers Help ‘Cupid’ The Dog Get Needed Surgery

A rescued puppy is able to spread the love he’s received thanks to WCCO’s viewers. On Saturday night, we introduced you to a 3-month-old hound named Cupid. The rescue group Ruff Start took him in, knowing he’d need surgery to fix his deformed front paws.

03/04/2014

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