Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 23 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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Local News
11:05 am
Thu February 19, 2015

JSSD Says No Legislative Bailout for Jordanelle Landowners

JSSD spokesman Steve Capson

The Wasatch County Council, acting as the Jordanelle Special Service Distirct, recently approved an agreement with a former member of the county council, Steve Capson to serve as a paid spokesman for  JSSD.  He spoke with KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher on Thursday's Local News Hour.  Here's the interview in its entirety.

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Day 8
1:56 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

The Sundance Reel - January 29, 2015

Kirsten Magwood, director of A$$ets Exploring the Bottom Line
KPCW

Today on The Sundance Reel, Leslie Thatcher invites KPCW film and book reviewer Barb Bretz to talk movies. Barb has taken on the unenviable goal of watching 35 films this festival and has already knocked out 25. That averages more than four films a day, but keeps them straight by reviewing each one immediately on her blog.

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Bonus Interview:

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Men Complaining
1:12 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Park City Ruby Tuesday Facing Lawsuit

A national restaurant chain is facing a civil rights lawsuit stemming from alleged discrimination at its Park City restaurant. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Day 7
12:02 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

The Sundance Reel - January 28, 2015

Jeff Palmer and Lauren Palmer of Isabelle's Garden
KPCW

Solidly into the B week of the Sundance Film Festival, and filmmakers continue to beat a path to the KPCW studios to talk with News Director Leslie Thatcher and her co-host Film Reviewer Linda Jager for Day 7 of The Sundance Reel.

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Sundance Film Festival
3:07 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

The Sundance Reel - January 27, 2015

Clay Tweel & Bryan Carberry of Finders Keepers
KPCW

The Sundance Reel returns for Sundance Film Festival, Day 6, and local film aficionado Katie Eldridge joins Leslie Thatcher as co-host.

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Individual Interviews:

Bryan Carberry, Clay Tweel, directors, Finders Keepers, U.S. Documentary Competition

Upcoming Local Screenings

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Utah State Capitol
1:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Group Protests Return Of Firing Squad

A group opposed to capital punishment plans to protest outside the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday over one lawmaker's plan to resurrect the use of firing squads.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Sundance Film Festival
3:48 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

The Sundance Reel - January 26, 2015

Virginia Pearce of the Utah Film Commission
Leslie Thatcher

KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher returns after a long, full, first weekend of Sundance to bring the next set of filmmakers on The Sundance Reel. Joined by the Executive Director of the Park City Film Series, Katy Wang, The Reel covers two documentaries and one narrative film, that all touch on different aspects of living with death.

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Individual Interviews: 

Virginia Pearce, executive director

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Sundance Attendees
12:27 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Monster Storm In Northeast Impacts Travel Plans

The monster storm in the northeast is throwing off travel plans not only on the east coast, but around the country and could impact a number of visitors who are here in town or coming into town for Sundance.   KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Utah Legislature
12:50 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Ready... Set... Legislate!

Utah's 45-day legislative session starts Monday. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Music & Sound
12:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Local News Hour Sundance Full Interviews

Glenn Kiser, left, and David Dolby
Credit KPCW

David Dolby and Glenn Kiser stopped by the KPCW studios to talk about the new Dolby sound system donated to the Eccles Center in Park City by the Dolby Institute.

  

Jarom Rowland, music programmer for the Sundance Film Festival talks about the Music Café and other music offerings during the festival.

Darren Davis and Heinrich Dieters from Park City Municipal talk about the 'My Stop' app.

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