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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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Neighbors Discuss Paynesville Family & Possible Wetterling Connection

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a father and son from Paynesville to see if they might be connected to the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Delbert and Tim Huber are in prison for the 2011 murder of Tim Larson, an Albertville teacher who the Hubers shot in dispute over $50.

05/23/2014

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Are Paynesville Father & Son Connected To Wetterling Case?

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether two men in prison for murder may have been involved with the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Delbert and Tim Huber of Paynesville – who are father and son – murdered Albertville teacher Tim Larson in a dispute over $50 in 2011.

05/21/2014

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5 Priests’ Files Released In Alleged Sexual Abuse Case; New Lawsuit Filed

More information on members of the clergy accused of sexually abusing children was released on Monday.

05/19/2014

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Abduction Victim Speaks Out On Wetterling Case

Few Minnesota crimes are as notorious as the unsolved abduction of Jacob Wetterling. A masked stranger grabbed the 11-year-old as he biked home from a store in St. Joseph on October 22, 1989. Nearly 25 years later, everyone remembers Wetterling’s name. Many have never heard of Jared.

05/15/2014

An age-progression picture was released a few years ago of Jacob Wetterling showing what he would look like at age 29. (credit: CBS)

New Developments Revealed In Jacob Wetterling Abduction Case

A masked stranger grabbed the 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling as he biked home from a store in St. Joseph nearly 25 years ago. Now, WCCO-TV has learned that a cluster of at least six unsolved sexual assaults on boys were never looked at as a possible lead in Wetterling’s case.

05/14/2014

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Talking Points: Medical Marijuana Bills — House Or Senate?

This week, the Minnesota House and Senate will have to hammer out differences between the Senate and House versions of a medical marijuana law.

05/11/2014

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Talking Points: Differences In House & Senate Medical Marijuana Bills

Bills legalizing medical marijuana could be voted on in both the Minnesota House and Senate this week, but the House and Senate versions are significantly different. That has led to disagreements among supporters that some say threaten passage of any type of bill.

05/04/2014

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Mpls. Man Suffers Concussion, Scratched Cornea After Pothole Encounter

Potholes can be a pain for vehicles, but one Minneapolis man literally feels the pain after an encounter with a particularly nasty pothole Tuesday night. Dustin Duarte was driving on 42nd street East and Minnehaha Avenue at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. The rain made it especially hard for him to see how deep the potholes are.

05/01/2014

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Yacht Couple Accused Of Swindling Investors With Sham Corporations

The couple that called themselves “Lord and Lady Chisholm” are in more trouble, as prosecutors say they were also swindling investors in sham corporations.

04/29/2014

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Teacher On Leave After Leaving Angry ‘Pocket Dial’ Voice Mail

A Twin Cities teacher is on paid administrative leave after leaving a message in which she could be heard saying she might strangle a student. The message was left on the voice mail of the mother of a hearing-impaired first grader, and was the result of an alleged “pocket dial.”

04/28/2014

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Talking Points: Week 2 Of The Byron Smith Trial

Week two of the Byron Smith trial will begin Monday. The defense is expected to continue to present witnesses who will testify that Smith was living in a state of fear because of a series of break-ins at his home.

04/27/2014

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FBI Investigating Deephaven Welfare Fraud Duo

The FBI is now investigating more claims against the self-declared “Scottish aristocrats” charged with welfare fraud – including the possibility they also defrauded members of a prominent Twin Cities church. The FBI has interviewed members of St. Martin’s by-the-Lake Episcopal Church who say that Colin and Andrea Chisholm borrowed thousands of dollars from them, and offered worthless stock certificates as collateral.

04/23/2014

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Archbishop Deposition On Abuse Made Public

Attorneys for victims of alleged sexual abuse by priests have released the deposition of Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt to the public.

04/22/2014

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Talking Points: General Mills Reverses Lawsuit Change

It is rare that big business news breaks on a Saturday night before a holiday. But that is what happened at 10 p.m. last night when General Mills chose to announce it was reversing a days-old policy, in which the company tried to get consumers to give up their right to sue.

04/20/2014

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Fmr. Archdiocese’s Vicar General Faces Deposition

For years, Father Kevin McDonough was in charge of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ internal investigations into abuse claims. Now, a wave of new claims that the church mishandled and covered up abuse for decades has raised questions about McDonough’s actions.

04/16/2014

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