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.

Ways to Connect

The Sundance Reel - January 22, 2018

48 minutes ago

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie visits with Jenny Mackenzie, Amanda Stoddard and Jared Ruga about their production of “Quiet Hero’s.”  Then the director of the film, “Inventing Tomorrow” Laura Nix, visited in studio. Director Matthiew Rytz talked about his movie, “Anote’s Ark.”  Final guests on the program today, Producer Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin explained the movie, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

Local News Hour - January 22, 2018

1 hour ago

  On today’s program,  Evelyn Lees has today’s Utah Avalanche forecast. Managing Editor of Utah Policy.com Bryan Schott with a Utah Legislature update. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Assistant City Manager Matt Dias have a preview of Tuesday's special meeting. Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton has an update of this year’s goals and a 224 crossing and Spokesman for US Ski and Snowboard Tom Kelly has a team update.

The Sundance Reel - January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018


​Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington

9:00-10:00 AM

Director Reinaldo Marcos Green, MONSTERS AND MEN. U.S. Dramatic Competition

Director Morgan NevilleWON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, Doc Premiere. 

Local News Hour - January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

On today’s program, Greg Gagne has today’s Utah Avalanche forecast. Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt with an update of this month's "What's That with Pat?"  Amy Entelis, the Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development of CNN Worldwide talks about what brings her to the Sundance Film Festival every year and Sundance Senior Programmer David Courier discusses some of the dramatic films in this year’s festival competition.

Local News Hour - January 18, 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Trent Meisenheimer leads off with today’s avalanche forecast. Next, Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde recaps Wednesday's meeting; Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan reviews last night’s meeting; and Sundance Senior Programmer John Nein talks about some of the offscreen programs at this year’s festival.

On today’s program, Mark Staples has today’s Utah Avalanche forecast.  Park City School Board President Andrew Caplan recaps Tuesday’s school board meeting. Tom Foley – Vice President of Business Intelligence for the travel firm Inntopia discusses how western resorts have been challenged in recent months by low snowfall and Shari Frilot, Senior Programmer for Sundance Film Festival and Chief Curator of New Frontier has details on this year’s New Frontier films and installations at the new location, The Ray.

Local News Hour - January 16, 2018

Jan 16, 2018

Today’s program begins with the Utah avalanche forecast from Evelyn Lees. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson follows with an update on the Treasure Hill project, which will be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting. Summit County Manager Tom Fisher previews the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Cindy Levine, owner of C-Change Consulting, provides details on the Respect Rally in City Park on Saturday, January 20th.

More than a thousand people helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Park City's first large-scale publicly financed auditorium for the performing arts on Saturday night. There were accolades for the civic leaders, fundraisers, visionaries and promoters who have brought hundreds of educating, illuminating and entertaining acts to the George S. and Delores Dore Eccles state at Park City High School. Leslie Thatcher has more:

ON today’s program Evelyn Lees has today’s Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Update. Park City School District Business Administrator Todd Hauber has a legislative preview. Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen and Transportation Manager Alfred Knotts have  traffic/transit suggestions for Sundance. Spokesman for US Ski and Snowboard Tom Kelly with an update and Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper has a look ahead at Sundance 2018.

Deer Valley Blog

Deer Valley Resorts new parent company has at long last revealed its new name: Alterra Mountain Company.  Leslie Thatcher has it covered: