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.
Driving south on Highway 100 at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, I heard WCCO-AM’s Steve Murphy reporting on a horrific accident. A car was submerged, people trapped inside. I didn’t hear the location. I remember thinking it was likely somewhere by Lake Minnetonka. Suddenly at St. Louis Park traffic slowed, and I saw an ambulance racing with lights and sirens on in the northbound lane.
Three of the five children who were submerged in a metro holding pond following a car crash Thursday morning were those of the 23-year-old driver, the State Patrol says. The other two children belonged to Marion Guerrido’s boyfriend, neighbors say.
A highly regarded local shopping survey says we we will be spending more this holiday season than we have in the past 12 years. The University of St. Thomas survey says the average household will be spending $837 this Christmas season.
This fall, 150 Minnesota youth hockey players are taking part in a study that’s using a new concussion test to measure brainwaves. The studies’ directors believe the test could someday give parents an immediate diagnosis and peace of mind.
Last year there was a furor over Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Target will open one hour earlier on Thanskgiving. It is of course not just Target; almost every major retailer this year is opening on Thanksgiving Day. Even one of last year’s big holdouts — Macy’s — will open at 6 p.m.
A Pine County man shot and killed an armed intruder breaking into his house early Thursday morning. A second intruder fled on foot and for much of the morning a manhunt was underway for him
A historic Twin Cities high school is considering selling part of its front yard to a developer who wants to create a retail shopping center. The proposal is drawing fire from some alumni at the Academy of the Holy Angels.
More and more stores are announcing that they’ll be open on Thanksgiving, and some will even be opening earlier. It’s a phenomena some call the “Thanksgiving creep.” On Monday, Target announced they would open on 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving – an hour earlier than last year. Another hometown company, Best Buy, will open even earlier, at 6 p.m.
The Minneapolis City elections were notable for how long it took to get results and the generational shift in those who were elected.
One: It was confusing. Two: It took far longer to count the ballots than supporters said it would. Three: It was a fix for a system that wasn’t broken. That is my ballot. What’s yours?
Authorities said they’re investigating at least three more robberies involving University of Minnesota students in the overnight hours of last Thursday night and Friday morning. Police said U of M students were victims in three separate incidents.
A video statement obtained exclusively by WCCO shows a Minnesota woman describing alleged abuse by a Catholic priest. Her case is part of a growing scandal accusing a cover-up by top officials of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Minnesota State Fair officials have unveiled a $15 million project to replace its aging Heritage Square attraction. General Manager Jerry Hammer says it will be called “West End Market” and will open for the next year’s fair.
WCCO-TV has obtained an internal Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis letter saying a high-ranking church leader will personally control what files a recently named task force on clergy sex abuse will have access to.
The government shutdown may be over but there are real questions about whether Congress can reach an agreement on a budget and the debt ceiling in coming months.