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

  The Carousel Center Beer & Wine Festival makes changes to accommodate larger crowd

  STEM Activity Days planned to get children interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers

  Feature film selects Wilmington as its filming location

Gov. Roy Cooper to visit set of 'Reprisal’ during stop to EUE Screen Gems Studios Tuesday

  Commissioners plan to terminate contract with WAVE Transit

  Biennial faculty exhibition shows off the talents of UNCW staff

  Kure Beach hosts pet-friendly Howl-O-Ween event

  'This guy is a predator’: N.C. police chief opens up about investigation into downtown assaults on men

  Actors in ‘Puffs’ plan to cast a spell on audiences

  Waccamaw Siouan Pow Wow invites community to learn more about Native American culture

Behind the scenes of ‘Halloween Kills:’ actress posts picture of props

  Flu shot fact and fiction

  Police: Series of assaults target men in Wilmington

  Magazine that showcases the people, places of North Carolina launches new feature

  ‘Driving Without Privilege’ lecture examines the locations, importance and continued legacy of ‘The Green Book’

  Jamie Lee Curtis highlights Wilmington non-profit in Instagram post

  ‘Jitney’ explores the issues of gentrification, reconciliation and survival for African Americans in the 1970s

  Enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass and the taste of BBQ at a weekend festival

  Children of the 80’s can relive their youth at Cape Fear Museum event

  Jamie Lee Curtis announces arrival in Wilmington for ‘Halloween Kills’

  Parents and educators invited to free workshops about dyslexia

  A fur-raising adventure: ‘Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids’ stars 22 children

  New podcast takes listeners inside New Hanover County Schools

  First at Four recipe: Brownies that are good for you? Yes, please

  Riverfest celebrates 40 years as one of Wilmington’s most popular festivals

  Elementary school student from Wilmington lands role on new Netflix show

High-flying event dogs (and their owners) will enjoy

  Upcoming events will give Special Olympics athletes a chance to shine

  Police: Wilmington couple with dementia scammed out of $20K

  Spend the day with pirates without spending a gold doubloon