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

  Depression, anxiety on the rise in North Carolina during pandemic

  New state equity task force holds first meeting

Courteney Cox to reprise role in latest ‘Scream’ flick

  Red Cross shares advice for preparing for Hurricane Isaias

  Judge won’t rule on recordings of three WPD officers today, case continued to next month

  Investigation underway into death of UNCW professor Mike Adams; 911 call details released

  Hi-Wire Brewing to bring suds back to Wilmington’s Soda Pop District

  Netflix renews ‘Outer Banks’ for second season

  It’s official: Pittsburgh Steelers sign former Ashley standout Alex Highsmith

  Audience grows for documentary about 1898 massacre ‘Wilmington on Fire’

Trailer for Wilmington-filmed ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ released

  Find North Carolina’s best waterfalls and swimming holes in this month’s ‘Our State’

  Dozens of donors answer the call to give blood in Wilmington

Wilmington-filmed ‘Words on Bathroom Walls’ will be released in August

  Topsail Island makes the cover of this month’s ‘Our State’

  More art coming to Wilmington International Airport

  Judge orders release of more police videos from investigation into disappearance, deaths of Paige Escalera and Stephanie Mayorga

  Wilmington woman injured in CA demonstration plans to continue protesting

  Partnership Advisory Group hears first of three presentations from potential NHRMC partners

  Six members of Southport Fire Department test positive for COVID-19, 12 others in self isolation

  Sheriff’s office ID’s victim in deadly shooting at Columbus County store

  Judge releases WPD footage in missing women’s car crash, additional video under review

  Hollywood task force establishes guidelines to get the cameras rolling again

  First at Four recipe: Chef Gwen Gulliksen from CFCC shares recipe for double chocolate chip cookies

  4-year-old battling rare cancer is treated to drive-by parade

  Screen time up in response to pandemic so find beneficial uses

  UNCW launches new eSports program

  Don’t be a PPE litterbug

  Wilmington Police respond to shooting, one man injured

  Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital