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

  ‘We need an explanation because this is not safe’: Drivers, businesses seek more turning lanes on US Hwy. 1

Columbia City Council passes gun and hate crime ordinances

  Midlands surgeon reflects on service with U.S. Army

  Lexington Firefighters combat opioid epidemic with Narcan

  New program in the Midlands aims to change stigma of mental health for law enforcement

  Richland County Council looks into passing ordinances on gun safety

  Gang shooting leaves two dead and three injured in Sumter

  UofSC prepares traffic, security plan for first home game of season

  Medical evacuees come from the coast to the Midlands

  Residents and vacationers evacuate the coast along I-26

  South Carolina Regional Red Cross prepares for Dorian

  ‘Be your own emergency manager’: What officials say you need to do to prepare for Hurricane Dorian

  Columbia Canal still awaiting repairs 4 years after 2015 floods

  Parents concerned over bedbugs found in Lexington One classroom

  Forest Acres Police address Sunday shooting during church service

  Parents worry about buses without air conditioning, SC Department of Education working to find solutions

  SC Department of Corrections changes method of hiring in effort to fill vacancies

  Cardinal Newman students start school a day after Richland Sheriff ends investigation

  Newberry storm damage causes power outages and road closures

  Sen. Graham plans to propose red-flag bill in wake of recent shootings

  Parents of man killed on I-95 in Orangeburg while suffering schizophrenic event speak out on failure of SC first responders

  White Knoll High School student threatens to shoot up school, hurt himself

  Lexington man reunites with 2 men who saved his life after massive heart attack on Columbia-bound plane

  No further charges filed in wake of Cardinal Newman threats, but 2nd student expelled

  ‘Sorry is not enough’: Parents of Cardinal Newman students ink letter to administration after student’s threats against school

  Cardinal Newman parents still concerned about safety despite principal’s apology

  Parents seek answers from Cardinal Newman

  Hundreds attend funeral for 2 Sumter men shot at bingo hall in Horry County

  Man suspected of stealing West Columbia Police car and crashing it faces over 10 charges

  15 fatalities in three days on South Carolina roads: Highway Patrol weighs in on ways to prevent fatal accidents