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

  Inclement Weather Center overcome COVID-19 challenges to provide shelter for the homeless

  LR5 school board still debating return to hybrid schedule

  Health experts fear spike in COVID-19 cases following Thanksgiving, warn of 2nd wave in SC

  Hundreds of homeless and needy in Columbia pick up dinner from Thanksgiving meal event

  Many SC families prepare for a smaller Thanksgiving as COVID-19 cases rise

  UofSC to require COVID-19 testing of students, staff in spring

  Pfizer hits milestone requesting emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

  SC epidemiologist urges citizens to wear masks, social distance amid rise in COVID-19 cases

  DHEC prepares for storage, distribution challenges as COVID-19 vaccine rollout nears

  City Council urge residents to follow ordinances, continues to ticket those who don’t

  Lake Wateree residents face aftermath of flash flooding from the Upstate, NC

  Declining enrollment, COVID-19 forces UofSC to find ways cut costs, increase revenue

  ‘I realized once again that I had purpose’: New veterans program aimed at growth, healing comes to SC

  Pine Ridge residents continue to ask Mayor to resign following police force resignations

  Richland Two brings students back, teachers address challenges

  Graham comes to Trump’s defense on election lawsuits, says evidence is coming

  SC Election Commission calls Election Day a success

  Early voter turnout could mean shorter lines on Election Day but longer hours counting mail-in ballots

  SC Democratic, Republican parties recruit record numbers of poll watchers for Election Day

  Election offices face challenges with huge SC voter turnout

  Victims in string of robberies in Richland, Lexington County share experience

  Harrison brings Common to Columbia as Graham speaks on key SCOTUS vote

  LR5 school bus driver dies after sudden battle with COVID-19, family left devastated

  Deputies continue search for man who robbed, attacked 2 Newberry homeowners

  Community members hold vigil for gun violence victims, call for new approach from law enforcement

  RECAP: Wilson and Boroughs face-off in debate for SC’s Second District

  Residents call for Pine Ridge mayor to resign after resignation of entire police force

UofSC faculty, students call for renaming multiple campus buildings to presidential commission

  Richland Two teachers frustrated, worried returning to class to teach in person and virtually

  SLED 2019 crime report shows spike in homicides, assaults on law enforcement officers