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

  Businesses react to the PPP program coming to an end as COVID-19 challenges continue

  Columbia officials pleasantly surprised after first weekend with mask ordinance, but businesses struggle to bring in customers

  CPD releases full body cam video of 2019 officer-involved shooting after suspect sues department

  City of Columbia leaders, community reacts to Joshua Ruffin case investigation findings

  ‘Activism without action is just a conversation’: Faith and political leaders fight for justice, equality

  Amid calls to rename multiple buildings, UofSC Board of Trustees votes to rename Sims Hall

  Calls to rename Strom Thurmond Center grow from UofSC community, political leaders

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in SC; experts break down what it means

  Columbia restaurants grapple with re-closures as employees test positive for COVID-19

  Man identified as Boogaloo member arrested in child sex crime; more protest agitators wanted

  3 arrested for burglaries during weekend of violent protests in downtown Columbia

  AccelerateED struggles with social distancing on school buses as it works to get students back in schools this fall

  SC Election Commission says it’s disappointed, frustrated by handling of Richland Co. primary

  Public defenders, protesters march to state house for justice system inequalities

  ‘All I want to know is why’: Mother of Joshua Ruffin speaks after SLED concludes investigation

  Mayor Benjamin meets virtually with protest organizers to discuss concerns on fourth day of demonstrations

  Learn what type of COVID-19 testing is available, accuracy of tests as widespread testing comes to SC

  SC governor, leaders reflect on recommendations in final accelerateSC task force meeting

  SC superintendent speaks to state Senate committee about need for summer program funding

  SC election officials say June 9 primary will have fewer polling locations, surge in absentee ballots

  Memorial Day Weekend brings crowds to Lake Murray and other tourist attractions across SC

  SC governor allowing tourist attractions to reopen Friday, May 22

  UofSC ramps up its contact tracing program as it prepares for next fall

  Salons, spas reopen in SC with new safety precautions to keep customers safe

  Mobile COVID-19 testing centers able to test hundreds a day, regardless of symptoms

  Accelerate ED gets closer to final recommendations for returning to school

  Health experts react to Dr. Fauci’s comments that he’d want to clone SC’s response to COVID-19

  SC Chamber of Commerce calls for more reopening guidelines, relief for businesses

  Some restaurants reopen indoor dining, others say they aren’t ready

  Restaurant owners share mixed feelings about reopening indoor dining Monday