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

  Gamecock Football is Back: University officials, students gear up for first home game

  Richland county elections office prepares for surge in absentee voting

  Parents offer mixed reactions as Lexington One moves to next phase of reopening plan

  Community honors Faye Swetlik seven months after her tragic death

  Chapin family mourns as they mark one year since deadly Lake Murray boat crash

  Sumter Co. residents face flood damage to homes after Thursday’s storms

  Lake Wateree residents brace for heavy rain, potential flooding from Tropical Storm Sally

  School districts across the midlands report positive COVID-19 cases for students and faculty

  Lexington Richland 5 parents protest for 5 day in-person learning

  ‘Wall of Remembrance’ unveiled at 9/11 ceremony honoring fallen service members, first responders

  SC governor, education leaders announce ‘intermediate solution’ for virtual learning in rural areas

  Students embrace return to in-person learning in Kershaw County with new structure

  8-year-old afraid of law enforcement forms unexpected friendship with Kershaw County deputy

  Additional $300 unemployment checks might take weeks to arrive, DEW officials say

  Lexington virtual academy students receive iPads, Chrome books in preparation for school year

  Two UofSC Greek Village houses quarantined after students test positive for COVID-19

  Lexington-Richland 5 District officials work to reopen schools safely

  Drop in Lexington Co. COVID-19 cases offers hope for in-person learning at schools

  Hundreds of UofSC students turn up for COVID-19 saliva testing

  City Council wants to crack down on house parties, large gatherings as students return to Columbia

  Midlands private schools see enrollment spike as students return for in-person instruction

  Lawmakers, public health officials set goal to increase COVID-19 testing in SC

  Richland Two teacher demonstrates what virtual lessons will look like

  LR5 outlines mask wearing policies, safety procedures for returning to hybrid schedule in September

  REI to open its doors in BullStreet District in one week bringing major retail to the developing area

  SC for Ed data shows districts still looking for over 1,000 teachers before school year

  Fight over private school grants could be heading to the SC Supreme Court

  DOR final audit reports Richland County misspent over $30 million taxpayer dollars

  Lawmakers, health officials seek to bridge the broadband internet gap in SC

  SC soldier who finished degree while serving overseas comes home to a big surprise