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

  NOW HIRING: Caregivers needed for seniors in our community

  Commissioners approve plan to feed more homebound senior citizens

  Commissioners take action to move forward with $53 million government center redevelopment project

  New federal guidelines for child nutrition: no sugar for children under the age of 2

  Comedian Cliff Cash is more than ‘Half Way There’

  Young actress from Southeastern North Carolina stars in new Disney Channel series

  Wilmington’s film industry sees action in the start of 2021

  Escape to a winter wonderland with ‘Our State’

  Fundraiser underway to save ‘The Wilmington Journal’

Shizzy’s Wild-Cat Rescue gains support of ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin

  Anonymous donors pay rent for woman on the verge of eviction

  Public health experts work to overcome hesitance from minorities about COVID-19 vaccines

  Woman faces eviction despite qualifying for statewide program to help pay rent

  Hundreds of volunteers in Cape Fear region helped to make COVID-19 vaccine a reality

  Jupiter and Saturn near for great conjunction on Dec. 21

  Otters settle in swimmingly inside new habitat at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

  Holiday Flea at BAC is back

  Rare ‘dueling dinosaurs’ discovery makes for exciting future exhibit at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

  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