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

  Community quilts will commemorate stories of the COVID-19 pandemic

  Historian to lead discussion on Wilmington’s ‘Green Book’ locations

  Art for All returns to give artists a boost

  Leland knife maker’s work is a cut above the rest

  Firefighter shares healthy recipes with his department and the community in a series of online cooking videos

  AARP offers tips to help seniors struggling to make vaccine appointments

  Come out of your shell by giving this unique Valentine’s Day gift

  Winners of ‘Our State’ Made in NC contest include Leland artisan

  Cucalorus selected for $25K grant from National Endowment for the Arts

  Alzheimer’s Association hopes Tony Bennett’s diagnosis brings more awareness to incurable disease

  Effort underway to honor civil rights pioneer Maj. Gen. Joseph McNeil with statue

  ‘Ice Man Ski’ braves extreme cold to compete in ice sculpting event in Alaska

  One dog still missing after break-in at Columbus County Animal Shelter

  Wilmington companies to host forum on entrepreneurship to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

  NOW HIRING: Caregivers needed for seniors in our community

  Commissioners approve plan to feed more homebound senior citizens

  Commissioners take action to move forward with $53 million government center redevelopment project

  New federal guidelines for child nutrition: no sugar for children under the age of 2

  Comedian Cliff Cash is more than ‘Half Way There’

  Young actress from Southeastern North Carolina stars in new Disney Channel series

  Wilmington’s film industry sees action in the start of 2021

  Escape to a winter wonderland with ‘Our State’

  Fundraiser underway to save ‘The Wilmington Journal’

Shizzy’s Wild-Cat Rescue gains support of ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin

  Anonymous donors pay rent for woman on the verge of eviction

  Public health experts work to overcome hesitance from minorities about COVID-19 vaccines

  Woman faces eviction despite qualifying for statewide program to help pay rent

  Hundreds of volunteers in Cape Fear region helped to make COVID-19 vaccine a reality

  Jupiter and Saturn near for great conjunction on Dec. 21

  Otters settle in swimmingly inside new habitat at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher