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

Health experts predict record highs of COVID-19 hospitalizations to continue into 2021

Sumter School District earns Purple Star designation in support of military families

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

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

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

Election offices face challenges with huge SC voter turnout

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

Despite decrease in traffic fatalities, SC continues to combat high numbers

After decades in prison, Columbia man finds a path to the polls for the first time

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

  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

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

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

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

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

AccelerateED tasked with planning for summer and fall, SC school reopenings discuss expanded programs

Civil rights organizations, state leaders call on McMaster to combat racial disparities from COVID-19

  29-year-old shares story of coronavirus recovery after spending 4 days in the ICU

  Chapin woman who lost leg in boating accident walks across the court with Coach Dawn Staley

Joe Biden visits Toliver’s Barbershop ahead of S.C. primary

Neighbors shocked, terrified day after 6-year-old girl disappears

  Students at S.C. school devastated by tornado get huge surprise from Carolina Panthers

Officials urge vigilance as flu deaths continue to rise in S.C.

Air Force rolls out trial for big changes to physical fitness tests

S.C. man jailed in Thailand for 5 years shares journey of survival and redemption

  Vietnam War veteran reunites with war helicopter after five decades

  SC law enforcement respond to Ga. governor telling gangs to move to SC or Florida