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

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

  Expert on cleaning, as seen on A&E’s ‘Hoarders,’ shares tips to keep you and your home free of Covid-19 virus

  For the first time in their lives, some find themselves turning to a food bank

  Middle school teacher from Columbus County wins award for Best Modern Country Song

  Woman with ties to Carolina Beach appears in upcoming episode of ‘Naked and Afraid’

  ‘Our State’ is packed with features this month to help you getaway (without leaving your house)

  Which restaurants are offering delivery and take out? WDI, citizens work to compile lists

  Novant Health cancels non-essential surgeries, procedures

  HEARTFELT MOMENT: Woman shares news of her engagement at grandfather’s window

‘The Lost Boys’ pilot on hiatus from filming due to coronavirus concerns

  Young thespians to star in classic movie turned stage musical, Xanadu Junior

UPDATE: Pineapple-Shaped Lamps updated its ‘Puffs’ performance times due to coronavirus concerns

  Advice for educators on how to prepare for the possibility school is canceled due to coronavirus

  Financial expert urges calm after Dow’s worst day since the financial crisis of 2008

  NC inventor: Hush Buddy device helps toddlers get the sleep they need

  Get ready for a bloody good time with ’Lizzie: The Musical’

  ‘This Country’ TV pilot to begin filming in Wilmington

  Miss America Talent Winner makes her Thalian Hall debut in Opera House Theatre Company’s ‘The Sound of Music’

  Works from female filmmakers showcased at upcoming festival

  Marchtoberfest to bring a taste of Germany to Wilmington

  Get ideas for your garden during greenhouse tours this weekend

  Woman Crush Wednesday: Wimbledon winner, WWI nurse and other fabulous females celebrated at upcoming event

  Wilmington actor returns to ‘Ozark’ for third season of popular Netflix show

  Scholarship to honor former resident of Boys and Girls Homes of NC

  Wilmington business owner utilizes expertise in engineering in his role on NC Coastal Resources Commission

  Comic D.C. Benny, who is ‘Adrift In Predicaments,’ brings his comedy to Wilmington this weekend

  Come to the Cabaret, a night of Broadway favorites, to benefit Thalian Association Youth Theatre and She ROCKS

  Art is accessible and affordable at Art for All 10

  Event for pet owners coming to Coastline Conference Center

Cooler weather this weekend for 16th Annual Polar Plunge