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

CDC data shows millions of Americans aren’t getting second COVID vaccine shot

DHEC officials say vaccine supply not an issue despite J&J vaccine pause

Mother of missing Sumter teen desperately searches for answers

Trial begins for former Chester County Sheriff accused of public corruption

‘I’m very concerned’: Advocates react to low vaccination rate of Hispanic and Latino communities in SC

SC standardized testing for K-12 students will happen this spring

‘Why now?’: State employees question McMaster’s decision to transition back to in-person

Calls for prioritizing those with pre-existing conditions for the COVID-19 vaccine grow

SC teacher with muscular dystrophy says returning to classroom without vaccine could be deadly

South Carolina becomes first state with UK, South African COVID-19 variants

36-year-old Lexington mother of 10 children dies from COVID-19

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

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

Dozens of SC residents receive suspicious seeds in mail from China

Gov. McMaster issues executive order prohibiting bars, restaurants from selling alcohol past 11 p.m.

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

Families, volunteers paint colorful windows to bring joy to residents at Calhoun Co. skilled nursing home

Neighbors heartbroken, shocked by new revelations in homicide case of 6-year-old Faye Swetlik

Investigators close off neighborhood as search for 6-year-old Faye Swetlik continues

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

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

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

Vietnam War veteran reunites with war helicopter after five decades

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

Family of soldiers receives Quilts of Valor on Thanksgiving

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

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

  Parents worry about buses without air conditioning, SC Department of Education working to find solutions