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

Community invited to forum on Black History Month & MLK Jr.

  Evening of culinary delights helps to make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses

  ‘I want them to know I’m coming at you now,’ murder victim’s sister looks for answers in cold case

  Outside investigation launched into handling of case involving WPD lieutenant’s child left alone, naked in car

  North Carolina Jazz Festival: 40 and going strong

  Judge orders release of body camera video in case of WPD lieutenant’s child left alone, naked in car

  Former ‘Essence’ Editor-In-Chief is keynote speaker for UNCW’s 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration

  This weekend: 155th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Fort Fisher

  NHRMC Employee of the Year honored for her dedication and empathy

GPS reception may be unavailable or unreliable to pilots due to military testing along the East Coast

  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer explores 1898 Massacre in ‘Wilmington’s Lie’

  Despite heartbreaking prognosis from doctors, musician Dustin Chapman hits a high note with new career

  Learn the ins and outs of impeachment at panel discussion

  A must-see show: Put on ‘A Little More Mascara’ and go see ‘La Cage aux Folles’

  Wilmington lieutenant suspended after 911 call alleged he left his child naked and alone in vehicle outside bar

  Port City Rip the Runway to raise money for scholarship that honors the life of a longtime educator

  YWCA expands three programs into Pender County

  Floating Lantern Ceremony provides community with opportunity to remember and reflect

  Let your creative side flourish at Art & The Bloom

  Free trees: homeowners can pick up trees to replace ones lost to Hurricane Florence

  Pleasure Island neighbors invite you to tour their homes this holiday season

  ‘Elf’ cast will spread Christmas cheer in Wilmington

  ‘#Alice’ is a high-tech twist on a classic fairytale

  Twins from Wilmington get their big break in ‘The Politician’

  Good Friends come together to support those in need

Concerns about fire suppressant foam caused a flight delay at ILM

  First at Four recipe: All-purpose rub for pork, chicken or beef

  Conserve Cape Fear: What can and cannot be recycled at New Hanover County’s facility

  Harnessing the power of the sun, homeowners beam when talking about solar panels

  Vintage store owner is a wonder when it comes to reduce, reuse, recycle