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

On today’s program, Park City Recreation Manager Ken Fisher discusses what’s next with the Mountain Facilities Recreation Master Plan which outlines more than $130 million of recreation projects. Project for a Deeper Understanding is hosting a community forum on Thursday, March 30th. Tal Adair and Cheryl Butler discuss the topic:  Conservatives and Liberals - Crossing the Divide Toward Common Ground and COO of Blue Sky Utah Stuart Campbell discusses the groundbreaking of their project near Wanship

The Recycle Utah Board of Directors has named Carolyn Wawra as the orgnazation's new executive director. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017

Summit County Council Member Chris Robinson has an update on yesterday’s county council meeting.  Patty Cramer, Ecologist and Researcher on "Why Did The Moose Cross The Road?" - the effectiveness of wildlife tunnels, bridges, and fences when it comes to wildlife/auto incidents and Thin Air Festival organizers and co-founders Ben Rifkin and Richard Bezemer have details on this year’s event.

An Ecker Hill 7th grader has a new hero – one of the school’s secretaries - who saved his life last week. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has the story.

Local News Hour - March 22, 2017

Mar 22, 2017

On today’s program, Park City School Board Member Phil Kaplan and Business Administrator Todd Hauber discuss Tuesday's school board meeting. Wasatch County School District Superintendent Paul Sweat has an update on new school construction and Judd Werner - Volunteer Group Leader with the Park City and Wasatch Back chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby - discusses an Advocate Training Session on Saturday March 25th 1:30 - 4:30 at PC Community Church.

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for the council meeting . Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews Wednesday's planning commission meeting. Recycle Utah director Insa Riepen is in with her final monthly update. Her successor was named at yesterday’s board meeting and Kathleen Pitcher Tobey talks about The Conversation Project event scheduled for March 22nd at the Park City Hospital.

Park City Chamber Bureau Director Bill Malone discusses the results of this year's legislative session and his view of how it could affect tourism. Park City Council member Andy Beerman and Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher discuss the Bonanza Flat open space purchase with an update on Salt Lake Public Utilities financial contribution to the Bonanza Flat open space acquisition. PCSD Associate Superintendent of Teaching, Learning and Technology Kathy Einhorn discusses Tuesday’s free Lunch and Learn on Student Testing.

Local News Hour - March 16, 2017

Mar 16, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Kim Carson reviews Wednesday’s County Council meeting.  The former Managing Director for Sundance Institute Sarah Pearce is joined by the woman stepping in her stead, Betsy Wallace to talk about the future for Pearce and Wallace’s contributions to future Sundance Film Festivals.

Brooke Mitchell and Dana Williams

Park City High School students and teachers were quick to the response Monday afternoon after reports of hate speech surfaced on three apartment buildings across the street from the high school. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - March 15, 2017

Mar 15, 2017

On today’s program, Author and former CEO of Charles Schwab, David Pottruck, is this year's guest for the Community Leadership presentation on Monday, March 20th.  Park City Manager Diane Foster discusses the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and planner Hannah Tyler provides background on the Land Management Code Amendments and Storefront Enhancement Program. Pete Stoughten and Rob Harter with the Christian Center promote their upcoming Easter Basket program and have a construction update.

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