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

  Health leaders warn smoking, vaping could put you at serious risk with COVID-19

  S.C. hospitality industry braces for difficult months ahead as many have already cut staff

  Prisma Health joins growing list of U.S. hospitals to furlough employees

  To protect first responders, counties want to know addresses of COVID-19 patients

  ‘It’s been hard’: Parents get teachers’ support as they brace for another month of homeschooling kids

  Midlands crafters put fabric to use as masks grow scarce in S.C.

  SC hospitals work to keep supplies as number of COVID-19 patients surge

  While testing for coronavirus is free, Midlands resident says medicine to combat symptoms is not

  Kershaw County leaders announce drive-thru testing to combat coronavirus outbreak

  Columbia mayor says mandatory citywide curfew is in place to save lives

  What you need to know about COVID-19 testing

  Private labs, hospitals now rolling out new testing methods in S.C.

  DHEC, Gov. McMaster announce hospitals can recommend who needs to be tested for coronavirus without prior approval

  S.C. residents struggle to get tested for coronavirus under strict DHEC screening requirements

  S.C. hospitals roll out free coronavirus virtual screening as cases rise

  Fort Jackson rolls out changes to graduations as number of coronavirus cases in SC rises

  Gov. McMaster tours DJJ complex 1 month after reported 14th Amendment violations

  Sheriff urges parents to search kids after 5 students found with weapons at schools in just 2 days

  Chapin woman who lost leg in boating accident walks across the court with Coach Dawn Staley

Joe Biden visits Toliver’s Barbershop ahead of S.C. primary

  SCDOT gears up for interstate overhaul by buying hundreds of businesses, homes, and areas of land

  Many S.C. voters plan to keep an eye on Tuesday’s debate to determine who gets their vote

Body of missing Columbia man pulled from water near Lake Murray campsite

  Cayce community celebrates life of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik

  S.C. Red Cross volunteer assists in Puerto Rico amidst hundreds of aftershocks from earthquake

  Strong reaction from community sparked after church announces application for Steyer Foundation grant

  Neighbors heartbroken, shocked by new revelations in homicide case of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik

  Investigators close off neighborhood as search for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik continues

  Neighbors shocked, terrified day after 6-year-old girl disappears

  Students at S.C. school devastated by tornado get huge surprise from Carolina Panthers