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

  Back to school: Be sure to add an eye check up to your checklist

  Back to school: Tips to make sure your child starts the school year healthy

  Back to school: New Columbus County Schools Superintendent calls on parents, community members to help students succeed

Closer to a deal? Agreement could end legal disagreements over assets of H2Go

  Back to School: Is your child’s backpack to heavy?

  Hundreds attend meeting about potential sale of NHRMC

  New children’s soccer program hopes to capitalize on sport’s growing popularity

  Get your child a free haircut before school starts

  Celebrity dog trainer shares tips for pet owners

  Support the next generation of entrepreneurs

  Owner of planned car wash: ‘We are going to keep the trees’

  No Polygamy Porter for you, or your spouses, ABC commission rules

  State agency conducts tests at pond dog owners blame for causing the death of three pets

  Back to School: Expert shares tips to get your child ready for a school year bedtime routine

  Beergasm, Kissing Cousins, Polygamy Porter and the other beer and wine names the NC ABC rejected

  Common to perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

  Fundraising campaign underway to help hire staff for Arts Council

  Highway 6: Paradise Provisions shares recipe for Creole Shrimp

  Chance of storms inside Thalian Hall is 100 percent Saturday

Dr. LaChawn Smith, new Deputy Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, says focus is the future

  Dinner honors Purple Heart recipients in the Cape Fear region

  Leme Nolan performs ‘Love with a Ring Attached’

  Calling all artists! Wilmington art center searching for show submissions

  Incluza Palooza invites community to support programs for those with intellectual disabilities

  Former CEO of Canines for Service to launch new non-profit after he says he was forced out

  Young actor taps his way to a milestone in ‘Billy Elliot’

  Fundraiser will help Survivors Best Friend pair sexual violence victims with shelter animals

  Smiles and strikes will fill bowling alley at weekend fundraiser for Special Olympics

  Support the life of Reilly, Airlie Gardens’ working dog

Upcoming ‘Halloween’ horror movie sequels set to film in Wilmington