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

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

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

‘I’m very nervous’: Parents react to whether they will send their kids back to school in the fall

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

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

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

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

SC governor allowing tourist attractions to reopen Friday, May 22

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

Health leaders warn smoking, vaping could put you at serious risk with COVID-19

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.

North Central High School teachers take last look at classrooms before saying goodbye

“It’s happening everywhere”: Lexington County, SC human trafficking victim speaks out

Parents of Airport HS students say principal placed on administrative leave after using profanity when addressing students

South Carolina might be getting rid of the taxes on feminine products

Another person dies from flu in SC as DHEC says state being hit hardest

Family of soldiers receives Quilts of Valor on Thanksgiving

Third-generation family business continues tradition at SC State Fair

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

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

  Medical evacuees come from the coast to the Midlands

Parents concerned over bedbugs found in Lexington One classroom

  Sen. Graham plans to propose red-flag bill in wake of recent shootings

Columbia officials meet to discuss ending the HIV epidemic