Emily Wakeman

Emily Wakeman


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 ewakeman@wistv.com.

Recent Articles by Emily

  Air Force rolls out trial for big changes to physical fitness tests

  Students and community activists respond to racist post, UofSC officials won’t comment further

  Allen University breathes new life into hospital once used to serve African Americans in segregation-era

  City leaders commemorate life of MLK during ceremonies in Columbia

  Woman expresses disappointment in how Allen Benedict residents were treated one year after eviction

  First day back to class for NCHS after weekend tornado, but at vocational building

  North Central High School teachers take last look at classrooms before saying goodbye

  Kershaw County high school teachers figuring out how to start over after tornado

  Reports of human trafficking spike in 2019, officials claim more awareness

  “It’s happening everywhere”: Lexington County, SC human trafficking victim speaks out

  As Iran strikes with retaliatory missiles, McMaster and soldiers’ families react to growing tensions

  Community mourns officer fatally shot at Florence Regional Airport

  Midlands protesters, supporters react to tension between U.S. and Iran

  S.C. man jailed in Thailand for 5 years shares journey of survival and redemption

  Tips from community help LCSD make second arrest in triple homicide case

  ‘A model citizen’: Emergency personnel lead massive funeral procession for Kershaw Co. Director of Emergency Services

  Empty boxes after Christmas put homes at risk of potential theft

  St Peters Catholic Church Opens Doors to Homeless on Christmas

  Elgin Lights adds extra night after drop in Camp Kemo donations

  Vietnam War veteran reunites with war helicopter after five decades

  SC law enforcement respond to Ga. governor telling gangs to move to SC or Florida

  Pastor says cab driver killed in shooting ‘would have given the shirt off his back to anyone’

  Airport High School Principal returns after district lifts suspension

  ‘It’s devastating when stuff like this happens’: City officials address Riverfront Park mural vandalism

  Parents of Airport HS students say principal placed on administrative leave after using profanity when addressing students

  Media literacy in schools takes center stage with a bill filed by South Carolina legislator

  Former UofSC track star, Miss USA, places in Top 10 at Miss Universe

  South Carolina might be getting rid of the taxes on feminine products

  Another person dies from flu in SC as DHEC says state being hit hardest

  City of Columbia proposes extended parking meter hours