Emily Wakeman joined the WIS team in July 2019 as a reporter.
Before joining the WIS team, she called the other Carolina her home. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in journalism and political science.
During her time in the Chapel Hill and Raleigh area, she anchored and reported for the award-winning newscast Carolina Week for three years. Her investigative work covering campus safety systems made her the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Southeast Regional Winner in 2019.
Emily has a deep love for meeting new people and traveling to new places. Her passion for international storytelling has led to her covering breaking news overseas. In 2018 and 2019, she freelance reported from Cambridge, United Kingdom and Lilongwe, Malawi bringing back critical stories to North Carolina residents. Her international storytelling made her a Hearst National Championship semi-finalist. She interned at Gray station WBTV in 2017 and interned with Fox News Channel in the Atlanta Bureau and Washington D.C. Bureau during the summers of 2017 and 2018, covering various breaking news from the opioid epidemic in Atlanta to President Trump’s foreign policy in Washington D.C.
Emily is excited to be in Palmetto state, covering the stories that are important to you. She is excited to call both the Gamecocks and the Tar Heels her teams now. Emily is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and enjoys working with the Ronald McDonald House, where she has been involved for seven years both in Charlotte and in Chapel Hill.
If you have a story that you would like Emily to tell, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a few miles down the road from the South Carolina Statehouse celebrations, the Capital City celebrated Martin Luther King Day with its 32nd annual ceremony at Martin Luther King Park and Center with a wreath-laying ceremony on Harden Street.
North Central High School students are returning to class for the first time, Wednesday, Jan. 15 after a confirmed tornado ripped through Kershaw County over the weekend, causing severe damage to North Central High.
Tomorrow the teachers at North Central High School will welcome students back to school at the vocational center, but today the teachers got one chance to walk inside the building and take a look inside their classrooms.
Tensions continue to rise between the U.S. and Iran in the wake of the American drone strike that left Iran Major General Qassim Suleimani dead. Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has vowed revenge.
It’s a Christmas tradition three decades in the making. Saint Peters Catholic Church in Columbia opens its doors and transforms into the home hundreds of people in Columbia don’t have on Christmas day.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp told gang members in the state of Georgia to get out and move to South Carolina and Florida during a speech at the Chamber of Commerce in Savannah on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials in South Carolina reacted on Friday to those comments.
Murals, sculptures, and other pieces of art have transformed everyday spaces across Columbia into some of the biggest destination spots for visitors and locals alike, but Columbia Police said a little over a week ago one of the most iconic murals inside Riverfront Park was vandalized.