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

  COMET may be responsible for over $1 million after alleged misuse of Penny Tax funds

  Neighborhood forms a crime watch as Columbia sees spike in car break-ins

  Residents say more safety precautions needed after Chapin train crash injures three

  Fort Jackson crackdowns on cell-phone use while driving, victims say system is broken

  Sheriff: Deadly shooting on Two Notch Road was ‘assassination,’ not random

Lawmaker says the Penny Tax Program misspent $43 million or more

  New reports show murder is on the rise in South Carolina

  ’No woman deserves that to happen to them ever’: Family of woman left brain dead after giving birth speaks out

Halloween Safety: What to look out for as a driver and trick-or-treater on Halloween

  SC legislators, agencies meet to discuss early childhood education

Fireflies confident for future in Columbia as MLB proposes cutting 40 Minor League teams

  GRAPHIC: SC deputy hit by distracted driver in school crossing zone released from hospital

  Family of Newberry woman shot and found in ditch desperate for answers on her birthday

  Third-generation family business continues tradition at SC State Fair

  Tropical storm Nestor brings disappointing day for UofSC fans and fairgoers

  Shoppers witness car chase, suspect running into West Columbia store

  Fight for cleaner water in Bamberg County takes national stage at Democratic debate

  Drought continues to impact South Carolina farmers despite rain

  Child survives choking after days in hospital, parents stress importance of CPR training

  Going to the State Fair this Weekend? Here’s how to avoid possible parking scams

  Richland Co. investigators release new details on cold case possibly linked to most prolific serial killer in U.S. history

  New surveillance footage sheds light on crash between train and truck in West Columbia

  Deadliest killer in US history possibly linked to murder in Richland County

  Florence Shooting One Year Later: County names October 3 Heroes Day

  Orangeburg School Superintendent meets with bus driver in the wake of strikes over pay

  After tragic death of student, UofSC continues to teach rideshare safety

  UofSC Board of Trustees moves forward with new Greek Village parking after criticism

  Juul faces uncertain future: What that means for the Lexington County e-cigarette plant

  ’She is not in that landfill’: Nevaeh Adam’s Family reacts to latest landfill search

  Drivers, SC Lawmakers react to Uber’s new safety features