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.


Arts & Culture
3:45 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

December Book Review - Stars Go Blue

Can a novel take us into the mind of someone descending into dementia? Amy Mills presents this month's book review of Stars Go Blue by Laura Prittchett.

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Monied Changes
10:57 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Vail Resorts Announces $50M Capital Plans For PCMR

Blaise Carrig - Vice President, Mountain Division, Vail Resorts
Credit Leslie Thatcher

Following last Friday's Board of Directors meeting, Vail Resorts announced Monday morning it will be spending more than $50 million at Park City Mountain Resort this upcoming year. Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts Mountain Division, detailed the capital improvements in an interview with KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher.

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Local News
11:58 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Celebrity Ski Fest to Benefit Waterkeeper Alliance

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - the co-founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance talks to KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher about his life-long goal to stop polluters. His efforts began when he was 8 and asked for a meeting with his uncle, President John F. Kennedy. This weekend's Celebrity Ski Fest at Deer Valley Resort will help the non-profit organization continue to enforce the country's pollution laws.  Here's the interview in its entirety.

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Local News
11:51 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Doug Smith, Wasatch County: Full Interview

The Wasatch County Council approved a proposed rezone of the 'North Fields' -- against the majority opinion of public input. Wasatch County Planning Director Doug Smith talke to KPCW's Leslie Thatcher Friday, November 21, about how and why that happened.

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New Leadership
11:37 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Summit County's New County Manager: Tom Fisher

Tom Fisher

Summit County's new county manager has all of the qualities the county council was looking for - experience in county government, a background in transportation planning and a good fit for the community, KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.


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Election Results
2:16 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Martinez Wins Sheriff's Star

After 12 years, Summit County has a new sheriff-elect - Justin Martinez . The No. 2 man in the current sheriff's administration was elected to office TUesday night. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Wasatch County
1:14 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Wasatch Kills Aquatic Center Bond

The proposed $24 million bond for an aquatic center and recreation fields in Wasatch County went down in defeat. Leslie Thatcher reports.

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2014 Election Results
10:18 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

2014 Election Results

With all precincts in Summit County reporting, the results, with winners in bold, are as below. Races too close to call are indicated with an asterisk. Summit County Attorney

  • David Brickey (R) incumbent, 3,496
  • Judge Robert Hilder (D), 4,197

 Summit County Sheriff

  • Justin Martinez (D), 6,544
  • Kris Hendricksen (R), 2,422

Park City School Board, District #5 (Summit Park, Timberline, Pinebrook)

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Live Theater
4:59 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Entitled Kids Get The Spotlight In Giving A Bleep Show

From last season's Giving A Bleep show

The annual production of Giving a Bleep opens Thursday - providing locals with a couple of hours of laughs - mostly at ourselves. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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2014 Elections
10:42 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Thousands Head To Polls Early

More than 3,000 people cast their ballots early this year, and returned their absentee ballots. Leslie Thatcher reports.

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