Esme Murphy

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.
web esme murphy Esme Murphy facebook icon Esme Murphy twitter icon Esme Murphy email icon Esme Murphy

VITALS
Joined WCCO: 1990
Hometown: New York, New York
Alma Mater: Harvard University

FAVORITES
Music: I love all music
Movie: The Sound of Music
TV Show: 60 Minutes
Book: Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Food: Lobster
Local Restaurant: Wakame
Hidden MN Gem: Cedar Lake, Minneapolis
Sport/Exercise: Hockey
Historical Figure: Abraham Lincoln
Famous Minnesotan: Hubert Humphrey
Quote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana
Word: Relentless
Vacation Spot: New York City
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Morning
East Coast or West Coast? East Coast
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? GOOSE

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 mother of two.

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.

email icon Esme Murphy Request Esme To Speak At An Event

most recent stories2 Esme Murphy

(credit: CBS)

Wetterlings Plead For Answers In Jacob’s Abduction

The parents of Jacob Wetterling gave a statement to the media Tuesday about the latest developments in the case surrounding the 1989 abduction of their son.

11/03/2015

(credit: CBS)

Investigators Believe Paynesville Attacks, Wetterling Abduction Connected

Tonight we want to take a fresh look at eight unsolved attacks on boys in the late 1980s that investigators now believe are connected to the Jacob Wetterling attack.

11/02/2015

(credit: CBS)

Minnesota-Made Fashion, Products Suddenly Hot Nationwide

When you think of Minnesota, you may not think high fashion. But believe it or not, Minnesota-made products and Minnesota style are suddenly red hot.

10/27/2015

(credit: CBS)

Mother Of Terror Suspect Says Son Is Innocent, Suffering In Jail

The mother of one of the five young terror suspects is speaking out, saying her son is being treated more harshly than the four other suspects.

10/26/2015

(credit: CBS)

Municipal Liquor Stores Feeling The Total Wine Squeeze

It’s called the Total Wine effect. In the 19 months since the discount liquor store opened four metro area locations, many local liquor stores have reported a drop in business.

10/22/2015

(credit: Hennepin County Jail)

Woman Allegedly Left Neighbors ‘The Children Look Delicious’ Notes

Champlin police say a 38-year-old woman was arrested and has admitted sending anonymous threats to a family that said she wanted to taste and lick their children. Police say the woman was upset because the children made noise and left items in her yard.

10/21/2015

(credit: CBS)

Judges Deliberating On ‘American Sniper’ Appeal Case

Attorneys for “American Sniper” widow Taya Kyle on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to throw out the $1.8 million defamation award a Minnesota jury gave former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.

10/20/2015

(credit: CBS)

Hundreds Gather To Honor Fallen Aitkin County Investigator

A fallen officer who died in the line of duty is at home Monday night. Hundreds gathered at a community church to honor Aitkin County Investigator Steven Sandberg.

10/19/2015

(credit: CBS)

Ventura Considering Run For President On The Libertarian Ticket

He shocked the world once when he was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998. And on Wednesday, Gov. Jesse Ventura said he just might be ready to do it again.

10/15/2015

(credit: CBS)

In Wake Of Recent Death, Dad Recalls Close Call With Carbon Monoxide

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a second-grader who died of carbon monoxide poisoning while boating.

10/13/2015

(credit: CBS)

Talking Points: Workers’ Rights In Minneapolis

Debate over a controversial Minneapolis plan that creates strict scheduling and sick pay requirements for businesses is intensifying.

10/11/2015

Johnene Canfield Fired State Lottery Official

Lottery Official Suing, Says She Was Wrongly Fired Over Alcoholism

A fired Minnesota lottery official is suing to get her $109,000 per year job back. She is arguing that she was discriminated against because of her alcoholism. The Minnesota Lottery fired Johnene Canfield this spring after she returned from a leave of absence and a stint in rehab following her December 2014 DUI arrest.

10/08/2015

(credit: CBS)

Workers Hold Wage Rally At Minneapolis City Hall

Workers rallied outside of Minneapolis City Hall Wednesday in support of a proposal which critics and supporters agree would create the most sweeping workplace regulations in the nation. People carried petitions of support into city hall to give to Council Members Cam Gordon and Lisa Bender, who are backing the measure.

10/07/2015

(credit: CBS)

Posthumous Vince Flynn Novel Debuts On Best-Seller List

Two years after author Vince Flynn passed away, the St. Paul native is back on the best-seller list. The latest Flynn thriller, titled “The Surivor,” went on sale at midnight. It’s already No. 2 among best-sellers at Barnes and Noble stores nationwide.

10/06/2015

(credit: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for the Starkey Hearing Foundation)

Lawsuit Of Fired Executive Paints Unflattering Portrait Of Starkey Founder

A new lawsuit claims it was a power struggle involving the stepson of Starkey Laboratories Founder Bill Austin that led to the firings last month of top company executives.

10/05/2015

(credit: CBS)

Meeting On ‘Fair Scheduling’ Proposal Turns Into Shouting Match

Small restaurant owners in Minneapolis engaged in a shouting match Thursday over a proposal that would affect workplace pay and scheduling in every workplace in the city.

10/01/2015

(credit: CBS)

Runners Brace For TC Marathon Protest By Black Lives Matter

As Black Lives Matter Minneapolis said repeatedly on Twitter that they are not responsible and have no role in the Sunday’s protest of the Twin Cities Marathon, Black Lives Matters St. Paul offered a very different version of what protesters plan to do.

09/30/2015

(credit: CBS)

Mpls. Man Charged With Killing His Wife, Stepdaughter

A Minneapolis man is charged with murdering his wife and 15-year-old stepdaughter because they were about to leave him.

09/28/2015

(credit: CBS)

Wayzata Battles Over Sleep And School Start Times

In Wayzata, a proposal to move the high school start time back from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. is getting some unexpected opposition.

09/24/2015

(credit: CBS)

Volkswagen Stock Plummets As CEO Admits To Software Cheat

The scandal at Volkswagen is growing. The German car manufacturer admitted Tuesday that software designed to cheat emissions tests was installed in 11 million cars worldwide. The scandal prompted an apology from Volkswagen USA CEO Michael Horn. “Our company was dishonest with the EPA,” Horn said.

09/22/2015

(credit: CBS)

FBI Informant Named During Guilty Plea In Terror Trial

Another Minnesota man has admitted he was part of a plot to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group — specifically ISIS.

09/17/2015

John Demaske & Abdirahman Samatar (credit: Winona Police)

2 Men Accused Of Threatening Winona Student With Meat Saw

Two Winona men are accused of kidnapping and forcing a Winona college student to strip before they allegedly threatened to cut him up with a meat saw. The bizarre case unfolded in the early morning hours Sunday near downtown Winona. Court documents say a Winona college student told police he had been drinking and was lost when Abdirahman Samatar and John Demaske approached him and forced him into a nearby warehouse.

09/16/2015

Target Store Opens On Site Of Formerly Infamous Chicago Housing Projects Cabrini Green

Target Partners With Online Grocery Service Instacart

Starting Tuesday, Target is partnering with a company that is known as the Uber of grocery delivery.

09/15/2015

(credit: HENDRIK SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Talking Points: The Worst Humanitarian Crisis Of Our Time

A Minnesota organization that has been helping 2.5 million refugees a year for more than 30 years is warning that the Syrian refugee crisis could soon get worse.

09/13/2015

(credit: CBS)

Ex-CEO Of Minneapolis Nonprofit Indicted On Fraud Charges

The former head of a Minnesota nonprofit and his son, a Minneapolis police officer, have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy, fraud and theft.

09/10/2015

previous

next

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Batting Practice Buddies
The Leaderboard

Listen Live