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.
A news article Saturday puts the blame for the 100 million plus credit card breach squarely on the Target bullseye. The story in the New York Times said hackers trolling for vulnerable retailers found an easy target (pun intended), in the Minneapolis-based company.
New figures released by the Minnesota Department of Health show the flu continues to be widespread. Last week there were 186 hospitalizations, down nine from the previous week. But experts say that does not reflect a decrease because many cases from last week have yet to be officially reported. Doctors who spoke with WCCO say many people who have gotten the flu this year are laid up for at least a week.
Sen. Al Franken is demanding answers from a major auto dealer after an executive said the company is using GPS information to track customers’ activities.
As consumers continue to absorb the news that the Target data breach affected far more people than the chain originally announced, the company is offering a year of free credit monitoring to customers. Target initially said 40 million credit card accounts were compromised, but now says the figure is closer to 110 million. Target’s stock was down again Monday, and the retailer announced last week that fourth quarter sales, which included the big holiday shopping season, were down two percent.
The number of flu cases is up sharply in Minnesota. Last week, there were 144 flu-related hospitalizations across the state. That’s up from 118 the week before.
A 32-year-old woman was found dead just feet from her Lakeville doorstep and authorities now believe hypothermia may be to blame. Andrea Marker was found Tuesday afternoon lying just in front of the home she shared with her parents.
A Maplewood woman’s pickup truck plunged over an Interstate 694 guard rail and landed on a pond 40 feet below in Little Canada Tuesday morning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak successfully underwent a procedure Monday afternoon to remove a blockage from an artery. He’s recovering from a life-threatening heart attack which he suffered Saturday after cross-country skiing for nearly eight miles. Before Monday’s procedure, the former mayor continued his light-hearted banter on Twitter, posting a picture of himself in a hospital gown, framed as a GQ magazine cover.
Anyone with kids is well aware that there is no school for all public K-12 schools across the state on Monday. Most Twin Cities private and religious schools we checked will also be closed.
“Brutal cold is coming,” the weather man announced with urgency. “Temps will dip to 18 overnight,” he warned. That was just a few days ago as I watched a local TV station while visiting relatives in New York. Coming home to a forecast of lows of minus 20-something, I winced.
St. Paul police met with a top official from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
A Minnesota National Guardsman, accused of stealing hundreds of soldiers’ identities, had a target list that included billionaire Warren Buffet. Keith Novak made his first appearance in federal court Monday on a fraud charge related to the identity theft. Novak is charged with one count of fraud in connection with the theft of personal identification information for more than 400 active-duty U.S. soldiers. The FBI revealed that much of the evidence against Novak comes from their taped conversations with him.
A day before the anniversary of the shooting that claimed 26 lives in Newtown Conn., another school shooting had a nation collectively saying, “Not again” on Friday. Mass shootings suddenly seem part of the American landscape. A push in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre for tougher gun control laws failed.
A Minnesota National Guardsman and Iraq war veteran charged with fraud for allegedly stealing personal information of roughly 400 members of his former Army unit was likely responsible for analyzing the military’s enemy intelligence.
This frigid December weather has Minnesotans flocking to stores, buying lots of new and traditional winter items. At REI, Wendy Oskey was debating Wednesday between two of their high-end booties for her golden retriever Yoffi. One pair was $70, the other was $50.