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

Help is brewing: Cape Fear craft beer community helps unpaid federal workers during government shutdown

Glitch with grades: software error causes some students to get incorrect end-of-term grades

‘Stuart Little’ comes to life with cast of children

The Ability Garden celebrates the capabilities of those in our community

First Act: Show follows story of technology-challenged senior and her virtual assistant

Calendar featuring famous bulldog raises money to help animals in need

Remember and reflect at floating lantern ceremony

Fifth grade student wows with his singing voice in ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

Swing dance to save animals

Deadline approaches to apply for specialty plates that show love for one NC beach town

NHRMC’s Employee of the Year honored for work to get patients to quit smoking

My, my: ‘Mamma Mia!’ will have audience dancing, singing along at Thalian Hall

Plunge for a purpose: Communities In Schools invites you to dive in

Ring in the New Year at a speakeasy with craft cocktails, food and entertainment

Prevent underage drinking on New Year’s Eve night

Church makes sure no one goes hungry on Christmas Eve

What’s the story with the straw goat that suddenly become the fire department mascot?

Historian’s decade-long work to get Wilmington recognized as “American World War II City” nears completion

Children’s play raises money to protect waterways

Help make sure 220 children have gifts to open on Christmas morning