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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Talking Points: Shutdown Specter Looms Over Budget Battle

It’s crunch time at the state Capitol. By law, legislators need to have the budget balanced and their business done by May 18, which is just two week from Monday.


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In Settlement, St. John’s Abbey Monk Admits To Abusing Student

Secret abuse files kept hidden inside a Minnesota monastery are coming to light. As part of a new legal settlement, The Rev. Allen Tarlton had to admit he sexually assaulted Troy Bramlage at St. John’s Preparatory School in the 1970s.


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Talking Points: ‘No Simple Answers’ In Stopping Terror Recruitment

It’s been one week since news broke that six young Minnesota men were charged with trying to join ISIS.


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4 Accused Of Trying To Join ISIS Ordered Jailed Until Trial

The situation was tense Thursday as four of the six Minnesotans accused of trying to leave the country and join the group ISIS appeared in federal court. There were angry outbursts and cries for justice as the suspects were ordered jailed until trial.


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WCCO Investigates Minnesota’s Sex Offender Program

For more than two decades, Minnesota’s most dangerous sex offenders have been locked up a second time after serving prison sentences. They’ve been committed to indefinite detention in treatment programs after parole.


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Terror Suspect’s Sister: ‘I Feel Like My Brother Got Set Up’

We are learning more about one of the six Minnesota men accused of trying to join ISIS. The sister of 20-year-old Guled Omar spoke to WCCO Wednesday evening. “I believe that my brother is innocent and that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Shukri Omar said.


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Talking Points: Author Says Only 10 States Matter In A Presidential Race

It may seem a little early, but this past week has seen an awful lot of activity in presidential politics.


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Talking Points: House Speaker Daudt Supports Sunday Liquor Sales

With deadlines looming at the State Capitol, the next few weeks will see heated debate over what to do with the state’s $1 billion budget deficit. And you will also hear debate over an issue that seems to come up every year — Sunday liquor sales.


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Husband In Court 18 Years After Toni Bachman’s Disappearance

A Twin Cities man is charged with murder in the unsolved disappearance of his wife nearly 20 years ago.

Toni Bachman vanished in 1997, and investigators have considered her husband, Norman, a suspect from the start.


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23 Pairs Of Empty Boots: A Reminder Of Military Suicides

If you visit the Minnesota Capitol this week, you will see a poignant reminder of the devastating problem of military suicides.

Local veterans have places 23 pairs of boots on the Capitol steps to symbolize the number of active duty troops and veterans who take their lives each day.


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Horse Therapy Program Just Short Of Fundraising Goal

A horse therapy program that helps severely-disabled children has a new home. WCCO first reported on the Hold Your Horses program in February. They were in immediate need of a new home and also needed to raise $50,000 for the move.


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Exploded Food Truck Owner Was Told Not To Park In Driveway

The man whose food truck blew up in his driveway last month had been told by the city of the Lakeville that he could not park it there.


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St. Cloud Professor Accused Of Smuggling Ivory From Elephants, Rhinos

A professor at St. Cloud State University was arrested Tuesday and charged with importing and exporting ivory and rhinoceros horns. The indictment claims Professor Yiwei Zheng smuggled the specimens in and out of the U.S. between 2006 and 2011, ultimately selling many of the items to two individuals in China.


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Talking Points: Gov. Dayton Stands Behind His Pre-K Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing to double down on his efforts to dramatically expand funding for early childhood education.


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Harteau: Nicollet Mall Disturbance Was An Isolated Event

Minneapolis Police are reviewing surveillance video after a large group of teenagers caused a disruption along Nicollet Mall Tuesday evening. In a possibly separate incident downtown, Minneapolis police also responded to a non-life threatening gunshot wound and began searching for a suspect.


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Minneapolis ‘Village’ Gives Seniors A Reliable Community

As they get older, most of our parents would like to stay in their own homes as long as possible.

The village movement is helping them do just that — and for very little money. The communities aren’t real villages; they’re more like clubs seniors set up for themselves.


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Free All-Day Kindergarten Enrolls 57,000 Minnesota Kids

This is the first year of free all-day kindergarten in Minnesota, and by all accounts the implementation appears to be a success.


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Talking Points: Tom Emmer Defying Expectations

When Tom Emmer ran for governor in 2010, conservative icon Newt Gingrich campaigned for him. When he announced his bid for Congress, former vice presidential candidate Sara Palin endorsed him.


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Target Layoffs Raise Questions Over Tax Subsidies

This week, Target laid off 1,700 people who work at its headquarters in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park.
Both communities have given the company millions of dollars in tax subsidies.


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Brainiacs Compete At H.S. Math League Tournament

It’s the Minnesota High School Math League Tournament, and students from all around are wracking their brains to come up with the answers to numerical questions many very likely can’t even parse.


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Talking Points: Target’s Job Cuts & New Digital Focus

Last week, the news broke that Target Corp. plans to lay off several thousand employees at its Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park corporate headquarters.


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Target CEO’s Walmart Past May Shape Post-Layoff Management

Target stock closed down slightly a day after the company announced several thousand employees at its Minneapolis headquarters would be losing their jobs. It’s part of a restructuring plan that the CEO is promising will change how you shop at their stores.


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Target Reportedly Planning To Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Target Corp. is planning to cut several thousand jobs over the next two years to save nearly $2 billion from its budget. Target plans to make those cuts through corporate restructuring and other improvements.


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Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient Records

A nurse with a history of narcotics theft illegally accessed a state database that contains prescription drug records for 1 million Minnesotans, all under the supervision of government entities that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.


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Minnesota Congressman Breaks Party Ranks Over DHS Funding

Freshman Congressman Tom Emmer is making headlines for criticizing fellow Republicans for their role in a possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security this Friday.