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

Chef Vivian Howard promises to change the way you cook with ‘This Will Make It Taste Good’

  Cameron Art Museum celebrates 19th Amendment with community art project

  Art-oberfest returns to support artists hard hit by pandemic

As the pandemic forces some spots to close downtown, other businesses see opportunity

  Find all the fall feels in October’s ‘Our State’

  Clinical trials for possible COVID-19 vaccine and treatment underway in Wilmington

  Hallmark star wraps filming ‘U.S.S. Christmas’ in Wilmington, reflects on time on set

  UNCW professor discovers ancient mummified penguins in Antarctica

  Salvation Army hopes to count on more than coins during Rescue Christmas campaign

Carolina Beach’s Fat Pelican featured in music video featuring stars of ‘Outer Banks’

Ugly pet contest to benefit Wilmington Animal Centrix

  Surfalorus to make waves in a new way with 2020 film festival

  Go on a road trip with ‘Our State’ this month

  Artists contribute pieces to help Save a Vet Now

Neve Campbell to reprise role of Sidney in ‘Scream 5’

  Double your social distancing at the gym, doctor recommends

  Added screen time can spell trouble at bedtime

  Pravda and KGB reinvented as cafes in order to reopen

  Event that raises money for prostate cancer patients goes virtual this year

  President suggests voters should attempt to cast ballot twice in interview with WECT’s Jon Evans

Movie filmed in Wilmington to be featured in virtual film festival

  Judge rules against release of Wilmington Police Dept. videos that contain ‘hate-filled speech’

  Wilmington’s ‘Rise Together’ initiative to address issues of racial inequality

  Columbus County confirms two positive cases of COVID-19 at two different schools

Organizers cancel annual St. Stanislaus Polish Festival

  Author features Wilmington’s gems in new novel

  Downtown Alive, put into place to allow for social distancing at businesses due to COVID-19, eyes expansion

  Job outlook improves in Cape Fear region, according to NCWorks

  Say cheese: ‘Our State’ features North Carolina cheese

  Virtual version of annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival underway