Sefe Emokpae

Freelance Reporter

Sefe Emokpae is a May 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in broadcast journalism. At UNC, Sefe was an active leader in the journalism community and has covered stories ranging from Michelle Obama's visit to campus to the Russian adoption ban and its effect in North Carolina. She was a reporter, anchor and director for her school's student-run weekly newscast.

Sefe has completed fellowship programs with local news stations such as WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC and international channel EbonyLifeTV based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Sefe is a native of Gaithersburg, MD and is happy to make her new home only a few hours away from her old one!

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Over the next few months we’ll profile some women in our region doing things... a little differently.  These are women with unique perspectives, in new roles, or simply approaching life along the road less-traveled.  Like many other women, they are changing the lives of people around them in positive ways.  This is the first in the WMRA series 'Women of Interest'.

St. Mark Lutheran Church in Charlottesville welcomed a new pastor in May. Viktoria Parvin is only the second female pastor to serve the church, and as WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, her hope is that she won’t be the last.

Courtesy of the "Justice for Pherbia 'Faye' Tinsley" Facebook page

Exactly five years after her murder, the family of Pherbia Tinsley is still searching for answers. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae has more on their message from Charlottesville.

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This week the long-anticipated Brooks Family YMCA officially opens to the public. The facility kicked off a week of events with an open house over the weekend. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae was there.

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Fifty years later, the Summer of Love came to central Virginia Saturday and Sunday. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports on the first ever ‘Lovefest’ at Charlottesville’s IX [ICKS] Art Park and the celebration it represents.

The 23rd annual Virginia Festival of the Book kicks off Wednesday, March 22 in Charlottesville with some pre-festival events planned for as early as Tuesday evening. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae spoke with organizers and several authors for this preview of what attendees can expect.

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Traditional Irish music filled the air across the country Sunday night for a national effort to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports from Charlottesville, where one of these “Sanctuary Sessions” took place.

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Charlottesville City Council saw one of its largest turnouts in recent history as dozens of people showed up in support of… and against… Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy. A meeting last night was the first since controversial tweets from Bellamy were outed by local blogger, Jason Kessler. Kessler is calling for Bellamy’s removal from city council but as WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, there are many who would like to see him stay.

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Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Encyclopedia Virginia offers a thorough history of African American suffrage in the Commonwealth.  With fresh charges by Democrats that Republicans are planning to intimidate minority voters in next week’s election, WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae sat down with some of the people behind the resource to learn more about the journey ‘From Freedom to Disenfranchisement.

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If you haven’t made it out to see it already, William Shakespeare’s First Folio will be on display at the University of Virginia until the end of this month. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae tells us more about why the book is at Thomas Jefferson’s university and what makes it such a big deal.

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Today is the deadline to register to vote in Virginia. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae caught up with the local registrar in the City of Charlottesville and has more on what you need to know.

Courtesy Farmville Detention Center

Farmville – the home of Longwood University, and site of this week’s vice presidential debate.  And also a private detention center for hundreds of illegal immigrants.  Earlier this year, officials from the United States Department of Justice announced the department’s decision to discontinue the use of private prisons for federal prisoners. But even under the new policy, immigration detention centers like the one in Farmville remain unaffected. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae gives us a closer look at the facility and how it operates.

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A new three-part exhibit in Charlottesville brings attention to what it’s calling the “Landscapes of Slavery and Segregation.” As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae explains, it’s all part of the 50th anniversary celebration for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A special concert in Charlottesville is paying homage to late, great recording artist Prince, while also raising funds for a special cause. WMRA's Sefe Emokpae explains.

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A historic, but neglected, cemetery in Charlottesville is forgotten no more. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, an effort to restore the Daughters of Zion Cemetery is finally gaining momentum.

More than 1000 people from 27 congregations came together Tuesday for the 10th annual Nehemiah Action Assembly hosted by IMPACT. Each year the group chooses a social issue affecting the greater Charlottesville community and devises an action plan to tackle the problem. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, this year’s focus was on drug and alcohol abuse recovery in women and care for the elderly.