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

  ‘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

  ‘Pretty is as pretty does,’ says salon owner who made her business more sustainable

  Trash to treasure artist dumpster dives and collects beach pollution for inspiration

  Shuckin’ Shack shares recipe for Low Country Boil

  Start your holidays on the right track by making a stop at the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular

  Foster parents needed as our region still grapples with opioid crisis

  New Russell Crowe movie filmed scenes along Front Street

  Beauty pageant has a plot twist

  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church hosts its second annual German Christmas Market this weekend

Documentary at Cucalorus examines the death of Lennon Lacy

  Musical comedy at Cucalorus looks at online toxicity and superfandom through the eyes of four online gamers

  'The MisEducation of Bindu’ marks a return to Cucalorus for Indian character

  PinkSocks founder spreads message of empathy, connection and kindness during keynote speech at Cucalorus

  Spotlight on Cucalorus: ‘Black Barbie’ looks at introduction of diverse doll

  Donation drive will help animals in need after Hurricane Dorian

  Kick off Cucalorus with the Visual/Sound/Walls Opening Night Party

  Film and dance come together for annual Dance-a-lorus

  Rise & Shine: The Inspiration Lab’s conference will bring together working women

  Cucalorus celebrates its 25th year in Wilmington

  Neon bikes to light up the night in Carolina Beach for a good cause

  Wilmington actor hits the big screen in ‘Harriet’

  Event lets you feel fabulous and thrifty at the same time