Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 25 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.

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ON today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to School Board Members Julie Eihausen and Phil Kaplan about the $56 million dollar bond and timeline for construction. Park City Manger Diane Foster and Planning Director Bruce Erickson discuss some of the agenda items for Thursday's City Council meeting, including a new amended plat for the Alice Claim project, which puts the houses into the gully instead of the hillside and members of a new group Citizens for Better Education, Jim Tedford and Ali Zeisler talk about why they can't support the $56 million school bond.

Summit County

Summit County has announced the hiring of a new county engineer - Gary Horton. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Cheryl Fox, director of the Summit Land Conservancy. Ed Butler is a senior reporter and producer at the BBC. He's also one of the moderators at this year's Future in Review (FiRe) Conference. He talks about the conference and his work at the BBC. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher has details on Wednesday's meeting agenda and Park City PIO Phyllis Robinson requests that those city residents who receive a survey, to fill out and get it back.

Joe Simmons has this week's Miner Nation Report.

On today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Summit County Council member David Ure. Marty McComb, the On-Scene Coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency discusses the EPA's site work plan and schedule from the Uintah Mining District clean up and Christie Dilloway and Darryl Yeager have details on this year's run of Thriller.

As we've reported, the developer of the Park City Film Studios, Greg Ericksen, has filed a Counter-Claim against his lender, asking for more than $1- million in damages. He claims that businessman Gary Crandall engaged in a fraudulent scheme to obtain the studio property for a fraction of its value. As part of that, Ericksen's lawsuit details how Crandall allegedly sabotaged leases with possible tenants, ranging from the Kimball Art Center to ABC, which is now producing the "Blood and Oil" series at the studio. Rick Brough has more.

As voters consider how to vote on the $56 million bond next month, critics say they don't want to support the bond if it means building facilities for students who don't live within the school district. As Leslie Thatcher reports, those out of district students only make up a very small number of the student population. It's future growth the district is planning for.

Today, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City Water Manager Clint McAffee about the status of the city's water sources and system. Melissa Band and Allison Butz have details about Friday's public forum of the six candidates running for Park City Council and Cross Country Ski Olympian Liz Stephens invites girls 8 to 18 to the annual Fast and Female girls workshop.

Host Leslie Thatcher today speaks with Park City High School Athletic Director Jamie Sheetz and business manager Todd Hauber about what the $12 million athletic facility needs are. Summit County Manager Tom  Fisher previews Wednesday's agenda. Kate Boyd and Michelle McDonald recap this summer's Park Silly Market and Heidi Hewitt and Lydia Kluge with Girls on the Run have details about an upcoming fundraiser.


The television series that has been shot in and around Park City made its premiere Sunday night. Leslie Thatcher has more.