Ashlea Kosikowski

Ashlea Kosikowski


Wilmington, NC

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.

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  • 2017 RTDNAC Sports Reporting, First Place
  • 2015 RTDNAC TV News Anchor Team of the Year (Jon Evans/Ashlea Kosikowski)
  • 2015 RTDNAC Second Place award for Best Series: Murder Mysteries
  • 2014 RTDNAC Series First Place: Murder Mysteries
  • 2014 RTDNAC Investigative First Place: Stingray
  • Encore Magazine Best Local Newscaster 2014


  • Ohio University - degree in journalism

Recent Articles by Ashlea

  Highway 6: Hollywood turned Burgaw into backdrop for films, TV shows since 1980s

  Find inspiration aplenty for outdoor painting at Southport’s Plein Air Festival

  History comes alive this weekend at Fort Fisher

  First Act: ‘The Cake’ tackles controversial issue that’s making headlines

  Plant sea oats along the coast, clean the beaches on World Oceans Day

  Watch independent films with ties to NC

  11 years after the ‘10 year plan to end homelessness’

  10-year-old Wilmington actress stars in ‘Swamp Thing’

  Make summer boredom disappear with magic camp

  Lucky duck has a chance to win thousands

  Bow Wow Luau & the Cat’s Meow celebrates 10 years of raising money for needy animals

  Thalian Association boasts the 24th Orange Street ArtsFest on Memorial weekend

  Expert tips to protect your skin from the sun

  Weekend event highlights how to eat healthier, safer fish from the river

Filmmakers boycott Georgia over ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill; will they return to North Carolina?

  Gory tale of Lizzie Borden comes to life on stage in rocking musical

Dozens of artists will show off their work at the Orange Street ArtsFest

Miss Victory Sunshine crowned Perfect Pinup Wilmington 2019

  Laughter is the best medicine: ‘This Hurricane Blows’ follows neighbors stuck together during storm

  Opa! Greek Festival will welcome 30,000 people over three day event

  Beloved restaurateur dies; his restaurants to stay open Thursday in his honor

  Mamabration celebrates moms and motherhood

  Food bank, letter carriers need your help to Stamp Out Hunger

  Get a free look at exhibitions inside the Cameron Art Museum

  Bestival celebrates best Wilmington has to offer

  Festival Latino celebrated on Cinco de Mayo

  Sheriff’s Office: 15-year-old wanted for murder arrested in N.Y.

  Geek out over Free Comic Book Day

  Ladies in STEM fields to offer advice, inspiration at Women in Science Day

  Calling all tough women