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

  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

  Role on Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’ is full circle moment for actor with ties to Wilmington

  Paying for college during a pandemic

  Swahili Coast reopens with a new mask initiative

  ‘Our State’ highlights some of NC’s best hiking spots in the May issue of the magazine

  Bird watching grows in popularity as people connect with nature while in quarantine

  Spending more time online during pandemic? Be sure to practice good eye health

  Attorney General pushes for reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

  Cape Fear Talent survey to help prepare workers for jobs of tomorrow

  Gator crosses the road in front of zoo

UPDATE: 12-year-old delivers 368 lbs. of donations to food bank

  Charlotte news anchor authors second book on life and motherhood

Whiteville Fire Department asks for prayers for firefighter injured in motorcycle wreck

  Wilmington bank processes thousands of PPP loans, allowing businesses and non-profits to stay afloat

  After watching a news story about the need at food banks, sixth grader organizes food donation drive

Couple shows off new baby from hospital window as family and friends gather in the parking lot

  Visit the North Carolina Zoo without leaving home

  Entrepreneur shares story in hopes of inspiring others

Housebound and HYPE: Wilmington DJ creates popular mix during stay-at-home order

  Columbus County Schools Superintendent talks online learning, potential return to the classroom next month

  Managing stress is especially important for those who are vulnerable to Covid-19 complications

  Get away without leaving your home with new podcast, Away Message, from ‘Our State’

  Designer creates modern-Rosie the Riveter image to honor healthcare heroes

  Health experts in the Cape Fear respond to Covid-19 disproportionately killing African Americans