Amy Murphy is an Emmy award winning journalist. Throughout her career you could find her covering some of the most fascinating, dangerous and scandalous stories of our time-everything from Red Carpet celebrity interviews at the Oscars, to the death of Michael Jackson, to stories on Skid Row in Los Angeles, 11 major hurricanes and tropical storms to California wildfires. And, she recently obtained a rare one-on-one interview with convicted murderer Jodi Arias.
Murphy’s Emmy award came for breaking news coverage in Los Angeles. It was there she also earned a Golden Mic award also for breaking news coverage.
Murphy’s career started in Paducah, Kentucky as a reporter while attending Southern Illinois University. She attended classes during the day and drove an hour across the state line and reported news stories each night for the NBC affiliate, WPSD-TV during their 10pm news. She was soon was promoted to weekend weather/news anchor. Murphy covered local politics and other general assignment stories during the week.
Within a few months of graduating from SIU, Amy Murphy was hired at KUSA in Denver Colorado as a weekend weather forecaster, weekday reporter. It was there that she gained experience forecasting snow in the mountains, blizzards, and tornadoes and other severe weather in the plains.
It was also at KUSA, that Murphy got to work with some of the best photographers in the industry. The photojournalists at KUSA are known for being NPPA winners year after year. It was with their guidance Murphy mastered and developed her art for story telling.
Within 2 years, Murphy was hired in Cleveland at WKYC as the Chief Forecaster. It would be here she would forecast weeknights at 6 & 11pm with Dawn Stensland, Judd Hambrick and Jim Donovan.
While in Cleveland, Murphy showed her versatility as a journalist and eventually left WKYC to go across the street to WEWS-TV to anchor the morning and noon newscasts Monday through Friday.
After several years in Cleveland, Murphy was hired at FOX SuperStation WSVN-TV, Channel 7 in Miami as the Morning and Noon Weekday Weather Anchor and Entertainment Reporter for their daily show, “DECO DRIVE “. This position has been held by many prominent weather forecasters prior to Murphy such as Jillian Barberie Reynolds (FOX 11 Los Angeles/ Fox Football sideline weather reporter) , Pamela Wright and after her tenure such as Jackie Johnson (KCBS/KCAL Los Angeles) and Elita Loresco (KNBC Los Angeles).
Amy Murphy also was one of the first “Show Hosts” for the Florida Panthers Hockey Team. Entertaining 16,000 fans LIVE in the stands, conducting interactive games, during every home game.
Murphy then took a position closer to family in Phoenix at KPNX-TV. She was the morning and noon weather forecaster and entertainment reporter. Murphy covered the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and earned two Emmy Nominations for her stories, in addition to covering TV and Movie junkets.
From Phoenix, Murphy was hired to be the Weekend Weather Anchor and Weekday Reporter for Good Day LA on FOX 11 in Los Angeles in 2006. Murphy reported for the, then popular show, which featured Steve Edwards, Dorothy Lucey, and Jillian Barberie Reynolds.
In 2009 Murphy and 130 of her co-workers at FOX were downsized. Shortly after that, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, received chemotherapy and radiation treatments and in 2010 was declared cancer-free.
In July of 2010, Amy Murphy resumed her career in Los Angeles this time at KCBS/KCAL where she was hired as a reporter. It was at KCBS2 /KCAL9 where her versatility paid off. The powerhouse duopoly produces 11 hours of daily news content. Reporters there are often covering multiple major stories a day. Murphy fit right in, often covering everything from murder stories to brush fires all in one day!
In 2011, Murphy returned home to Phoenix to join the morning team on ABC 15-KNXV-TV. She is a multi-media journalist and can be seen forecasting weather Monday –Friday weekdays . She can also be seen covering the big stories of the day, such as the Jodi Arias Trial, big breaking news events and special projects.
Amy Murphy has been involved in many charities over the years including the American Cancer Society, Canine Companions for Independence, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, ASPCA, Dumb Friends League of Denver, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society .
This year’s fundraising efforts have been greatly focused on Phoenix Children’s Hospital and PetsMart Charities Adopt–A-Pet .
Exclusive interview with foreman of the Jodi Arias jury
The day after the trial ended in a hung jury, the nations’s attention turned to the jurors and Amy Murphy was the only local reporter to sit down with the jury foreman in his home for an extensive one on one interview.
Amy Murphy was one of the few reporters in the world to get a one on one jailhouse interview with convicted murderer Jodi Arias
Here are some excerpts from that interview.