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

Attorney raises the bar with millions of views on TikTok

  A flipped flotilla keeps the annual tradition alive

  Tips to host a smaller but memorable Thanksgiving meal

  Fill up ‘Big-Hearted Bins’ for seniors, shelter pets this holiday season

  COVID-19 patient opens up about her battle with the virus

Federal report: Walmart, Food Lion, McDonald’s have the most workers on food stamps in N.C.

  Wilmington native Rear Adm. Laura Dickey returns to familiar waters with assignment as Coast Guard 5th District commander

  Doctors recommend changes to Thanksgiving festivities to curb COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 forced cancelation of annual Polish Festival but pierogis and more will be sold during drive thru event

  Find North Carolina’s best and quirkiest museums in November’s ‘Our State’

  Music will fill the air with ‘The Piano Men’ on stage

  Cucalorus Festival marks homecoming for ‘Drought’ movie

  The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is everywhere this year

  Online lecture looks at ornate, macabre ways Victorians mourned death

  NC Works Career Centers now open for in person appointments for job seekers

  Virtual Art in the Arboretum to feature work from 90 artists

  Work continues during pandemic to advocate for neglected and abused children

  Chef Vivian Howard promises to change the way you cook with ‘This Will Make It Taste Good’

  Cameron Art Museum celebrates 19th Amendment with community art project

  Art-oberfest returns to support artists hard hit by pandemic

As the pandemic forces some spots to close downtown, other businesses see opportunity

  Find all the fall feels in October’s ‘Our State’

  Clinical trials for possible COVID-19 vaccine and treatment underway in Wilmington

  Hallmark star wraps filming ‘U.S.S. Christmas’ in Wilmington, reflects on time on set

  UNCW professor discovers ancient mummified penguins in Antarctica

  Salvation Army hopes to count on more than coins during Rescue Christmas campaign

Carolina Beach’s Fat Pelican featured in music video featuring stars of ‘Outer Banks’

Ugly pet contest to benefit Wilmington Animal Centrix

  Surfalorus to make waves in a new way with 2020 film festival

  Go on a road trip with ‘Our State’ this month