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

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

Depression, anxiety on the rise in North Carolina during pandemic

Investigation underway into death of UNCW professor Mike Adams; 911 call details released

Sheriff’s office ID’s victim in deadly shooting at Columbus County store

Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital

HEARTFELT MOMENT: Woman shares news of her engagement at grandfather’s window

NC inventor: Hush Buddy device helps toddlers get the sleep they need

  Judge orders release of body camera video in case of WPD lieutenant’s child left alone, naked in car

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

Casting call: New movie starring Russell Crowe needs extras

  911 call: Wilmington lieutenant left child naked and alone in vehicle outside bar

  'This guy is a predator’: N.C. police chief opens up about investigation into downtown assaults on men

Jamie Lee Curtis highlights Wilmington non-profit in Instagram post

  Jamie Lee Curtis announces arrival in Wilmington for ‘Halloween Kills’

  Elementary school student from Wilmington lands role on new Netflix show

Hello Kitty Wine is not the cat’s meow in North Carolina

New app allows parents to track their child’s bus ride to and from school

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