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

  Riverfest returns: The annual event is later and cooler

Mini movie makers create films with focus on environment

First at Four recipe: Maple-Almond-Cinnamon Granola

David Hyde Pierce lends his star power to ‘Music from the Silver Screen’ concert

Big and Strong or Grande y Fuerte Festival hopes to connect community

Make the perfect Apple Pie this Thanksgiving

The focus is on GigTech, FinTech, HealthTech, Startups at this year’s Cucalorus Connect

Down dogs will help UNCW students get back up

Cast and crew of one TV show says goodbye while a new show announces its title character

Go on board beautiful boats during Yachtventure

Dance-a-lorus combines choreography and film for unique Cucalorus experience

Countdown to Cucalrous

‘Godspell’ features cast of 25 youth performers

‘Swamp Thing’ casting call: police officers & firefighters

Go fly a kite this weekend

Arboretum ready for large outdoor art show after Hurricane Florence clean up

Some of the finest craftsmen in the state show off their unique creations at weekend show

Halloween night seances planned with Harry Houdini’s Ouija board

Give hope to vulnerable pets after Hurricane Florence

One family’s unique way to count down to Halloween