Emma Withrow is the Chief Political Correspondent at Queen City News. While in Charlotte, Emma has uncovered political corruption among city leaders, broken news surrounding vaccine and mask mandates, and launched a unique weekly political series. Emma’s “Political Report Cards” air on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. The reports feature a different North or South Carolina U.S. Representative and provide viewers with a detailed summary of what these leaders have accomplished. Each report card answers the question most voters ask when in the ballot box: have they done what they promised?
Emma was born and raised in Modesto, California. The California she grew up in was surrounded by agriculture, farming, and a landscape that looked a lot like rural North Carolina. Emma went to college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she studied journalism.
Emma became interested in politics at a young age. Her father is in his third term as a County Commissioner in Stanislaus County. Emma learned about the importance of local politics when her Dad ran for his first term, and she helped him with his campaign. She interned in various political offices throughout college, including a California Congressman’s Capitol Hill Office, and a California Senator’s district office. After discovering her love for politics, she decided reporting on them would be the best way to get involved.
Emma went on to intern for ABC7 News San Francisco, and the NBC affiliate in San Luis Obispo. By that time, her college graduation was right around the corner, and she accepted her first job as a reporter at KEZI 9 News in Eugene, Oregon.
After only three months of reporting in Oregon, Emma was promoted to the weekend anchor position. Within that role, Emma produced, edited, and anchored her own morning show on the weekends. The hours were brutal, but her tenacity for news grew. While reporting and anchoring in Oregon Emma was on the front lines of violent protests following the murder of George Floyd. She was the first reporter on the scene of a riot that ended with the destruction of many small businesses in Eugene. Emma also closely covered local politics and the way city leaders navigated the start of the pandemic in Oregon.
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