Ashlea Kosikowski

While reporting at WECT, Ashlea has been honored several times by the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas for her work. In 2015, Ashlea and Jon Evans won the RTDNAC award for the TV News Anchor Team of the Year. The readers of Encore Magazine also voted her as one of the top three newscasters in Wilmington, alongside Frances Weller and Jon Evans. She won the magazine’s award for Best Local Newscaster in 2014. Ashlea lives in Wilmington with her husband, Brian Parke, and their German Shepherd, Archie. Before moving to Wilmington, Ashlea worked as a news reporter at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, she was voted best local news reporter by the readers of Creative Loafing Magazine. Ashlea got her start in television news at WTOV-TV, in her hometown of Steubenville, Ohio. Ashlea is an alumna of Ohio University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the prestigious E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. During college, she worked at WOUB-TV, a PBS affiliate. In her spare time, Ashlea enjoys boating, traveling, reading and spending time with friends and family, including her parents who retired to the area from Ohio and visiting her husband's family in Ireland. To say hello to Ashlea or send a story idea, email her at

Recent Articles by Ashlea

  Scouts show off skills at weekend event

  Familiar face to Tar Heels fans will show off his skills when Harlem Globetrotters visit Wilmington

  Put on your favorite pink outfit for the Pink Ribbon Project Luncheon

  Help children in our community by volunteering with Guardian ad Litem

  Sample beer and wine at weekend festival

  Tour North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse

  Support artists in our state at the Made in NC craft fair

  Fractured fairy tale ‘Into the Woods’ on stage in Wilmington

  ‘Always...Patsy Cline’ tells the story of the singer’s unexpected friendship with a fan

  Strike a blow to hunger at the bowling alley

  Men encouraged to show off their ‘dad bods’ at weekend event

  Film festival celebrates women’s stories

Irish humor paired with Irish dishes for TheatreNOW show

  An artist created one sculpture a day for a year

  Divine Divas take the stage for special two-night concert that benefits She Rocks, TACT

  City council delays WAVE transit station decision, allows hotel expansion

  Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk invites you to explore and sip your way through downtown

  Three high school stadiums to score new, artificial turf fields

  Take the plunge and support the Special Olympics

  Blockade Runner reopens after fixing rooms, property damaged by Hurricane Florence