Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 26 years at KPCW has given her depth and insight, guiding her as she asks local leaders and citizens the questions on everyone’s minds during the live interviews of the Local News Hour.

As KPCW's News Director, she has the pulse of the community and an unmatched range of contacts that allows the station to cover everything going on in town, from increased school taxes and water rates to personal achievements and community-wide victories. When she's not sussing out the next story, you'll see her face at many Park City events, as well as on the ski hill and mountain trails.

In 2016, Leslie was honored as the Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshall of the Miner Day parade.

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The Greenwich Public Schools Board of Education has picked a veteran employee to lead their district while it searches for their next superintendent, allowing Dr. Jill Gildea to make the move to her new position here in Park City.

According to the Greenwich schools website, the school board on Thursday voted unanimously to appoint their middle school principal Ralph Mayo as interim superintendent. He will replace Dr. Gildea, who announced to the board last month that she was leaving for Park City after serving just one year of her three year contract.

The news of the sale of Solitude Mountain Resort to the new owner of Deer Valley Resort was announced at Wednesday’s Ski Utah meeting just minutes after the news was released. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more on the consolidation of the ski industry and why – in some cases – it’s a good thing for the state of Utah.

Local News Hour - June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018

On today’s program, the Mountain Trails Report with Bob Radke from Basin Rec. South Summit Superintendent of Schools Shad Sorenson has an update on the budget and master planning for growth. Mike Kennedy, a Republican Primary candidate running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Orrin Hatch talks about his campaign.

Local News Hour - June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Park City Chief Building Official David Thacker and Emergency Manager Mike McComb have details about the fireworks ban that goes into effect in the Park City limits today. Outgoing Editor of Park City Magazine Melissa Fields has a preview of the summer/fall edition and the magazine's new look and Figure Skating Club of Park City Coach Joanne Rupinskas, and Brynn Roberts, an Intermediate level skater, talk about the season so far and some rule changes made by U.S. Figure Skating.

Alterra Mountain Company announced today (Wednesday) that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon. That comes just less than a year after the company purchased Deer Valley Resort. 

Last August, Deer Valley announced it was selling - to then, an unnamed partnership – which consisted of KSL Partners and the Crown Family, which between them, had a handful of ski resorts across the country.

Local News Hour - June 20, 2018

Jun 20, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber who has an update on last night’s meeting in which the Park City school board was scheduled to adopt a final budget, but couldn’t due to a lack of a quorum. Park City Manager Diane Foster, Budget Manager Nate Rockwood and Trails and Open Space Manager Heinrich Deters have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. The city council scheduled to adopt next year’s budget and a conservation easement for Bonanza Flat.

Despite the lackluster snow this past winter, enough snow riders enjoyed the slopes to make the 2017-2018 one of the top 10 for skier day sin the state’s history.

Utah’s 14 ski areas posted their sixth best season for skier days last winter. The season started November 21st at Brighton and ended May 13th at Snowbird. Ski Utah is reporting 4.1 million skier days, down almost 10% from last season’s all-time record.

Ski Utah president Nathan Rafferty says that’s not bad considering the winter we were dealt

Local News Hour - June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. United States Senate Candidate Mitt Romney talks about his campaign and his position as it relates to primary opponent, Mike Kennedy to succeed Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Recycle Utah director Carolyn Wawra previews some upcoming events and Jim McCarty, who is one of the original members of the Yardbirds. The Yardbirds are performing at the Egyptian Theater this weekend.

Local News Hour - June 18, 2018

Jun 18, 2018

On today’s program, Park City School District Spokeswoman Melinda Colton previews Tuesday’s school board meeting. Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty has the final figures for the 2017-18 ski season. Utah Symphony/Utah Opera Director of Communications Renee Huang and Park City Summit County Arts Council Community Manager Jocelyn Scudder have details on the partnership to produce free pop-up community concerts at the art pianos throughout Summit County and Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton has an update on some of the upcoming events and on-going projects.


Local News Hour - June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

On todays’ program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Charlie Sturgis who has this week’s Mountain Trails Report. Leadership Class 24 Members Steve Laruent and David Greenholtz talk about their class project: composting and food waste and how they're working with the Restaurant Association this weekend to facilitate composting at Saturday's Savor the Summit.