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!

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.

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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.

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It was standing room only at a recent city council meeting in Charlottesville where the debate over whether or not to remove the Robert E. Lees statue in Lee Park continued. WMRA's Sefe Emokpae went to the meeting and spoke to leaders on both sides of the controversial issue. 

This week, thousands of people will come to Charlottesville for the 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book. As WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae reports, this year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet.

In honor of Black History Month, the Google Cultural Institute unveiled an online, interactive collection of more than 80 curated exhibits featuring artwork, artifacts and archives of the nation’s African American history. One of those 80 exhibits came from the Virginia Folklife Program and features the unique sounds of eastern Virginia gospel. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae gives us a listen.

In December, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced the online expansion of his campaign against human trafficking across the Commonwealth. Virginia ranks among the top five states for instances of trafficking. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae introduces us to one Charlottesville organization doing its part to help.

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When it comes to risk of injury, football ranks as one of the most dangerous among mainstream sports. For the past several years, a pair of biomechanical engineers at the University of Virginia have been seeking the best and most innovative ways to prevent injuries through the design of safety equipment. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae has this report.

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The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville is celebrating 20 years of serving the community. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae tells us more about the MRC, its mission and how it’s worked toward that goal through the past two decades.

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The wine industry is a growing and essential part of Central Virginia’s culture and economy. But with the presence of so many vineyards, it can sometimes be hard to stand out. WMRA’s Sefe Emokpae takes us through a winery that’s different in more ways than one.

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The Virginia Arts of The Book Center is asking for help for a special project that’s more than a decade in the making.

The Virginia Festival of the Book is in its 21st year and will feature 400 authors from around the country, who will come to Charlottesville to take part in 200 programs from Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday March 22.

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