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

  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

  Learn about food that fuels your body and the economy at the Local Food Conference

Police: No more cases of attacks on men by serial predator since media attention on the case

  Irish Music Night to support St. Patrick’s Parade, Cape Fear Literacy Council

  Perfect for date night: Fan favorite, ‘Guys & Dolls’, on stage Valentine’s Day weekend at UNCW

  Holli Saperstein stars as humorist who found laughter in suburban home life in ‘Erma Bombeck: At Wits End’

  StriperFest lures families for day of education about about the Cape Fear River’s ecosystem

  As neighbors continue to recover from two devastating hurricanes, Whiteville aims to get the attention of HGTV ‘Hometown Takeover’

  ‘What Goes Where?’ event clears up confusion around recycling, composting and waste diversion

  It won’t take ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ to ‘Help!’ JDRF

  New Community Arts Center Choir gives singers a chance to hit a high note

  No action: NHC School Board will resume closed session meeting on Tuesday

  Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate, is featured guest at upcoming Writers’ Night

  Little Black Dress Initiative increases awareness about human trafficking

  Community invited to forum on Black History Month & Martin Luther King 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