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.

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Rocky Mountain Power is seeking bids for new solar, wind and geothermal projects in Utah as part of an effort to increase renewable power generation on the PacifiCorp system. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more:

Today on The Local News Hour, Leslie speaks with Kathy Donnell, Park Naturalist with Utah State Parks, Sam Rubin, owner of Four Seasons Concierge, Brian Richards, Mountain Town Executive Director, Kathleen Einhorn, Max Ventura, Park City Christian Center Latino Outreach Coordinator and Nancy Stokes, Kimball Art Center Exhibition Director.


The Park City Council meets this week and next before it finalizes next year's no-tax increase budget. The issue council must decide Thursday is how much the bond should be when residents vote in November whether they want to purchase the Treasure Hill development for $64 Million. Leslie Thatcher has this update:

Local News Hour - June 6, 2018

Jun 6, 2018

  On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School Board Members Petra Butler and JJ Ehlers who have an update on yesterday's meeting.Park City Manager Diane Foster and Budget Manager Nate Rockwood have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, which includes more discussion on the budget, food trucks and special events and Marina Lowe ACLU of Utah's Legislative and Policy Counsel and one of the panelists following the Sunday night screening of RBG is  joined by Park City Film Series Director Katy Wang to discuss Justice Ruth Bader Gingsberg's contribution

Local News Hour - June 5, 2018

Jun 5, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Manager Tom Fisher and Regional Transportation Manager Caroline Rodriguez respond to Sam Rubin's complaints.  Park City Recreation Manager Karen Yocum has details on upcoming youth summer programs and a Fly Fishing class and Jackie Blake and Katherine Marty with Park City READS has details on the organization’s first ever Gin and Phonics fundraiser coming up on June 9th.

Two young girls were seriously hurt in an ATV crash near Midway Saturday night.

According to news reports, the 4 and 5-year-old girls were riding with their parents when the ATV they were in overturned. Both girls were flown to Primary Children’s Hospital with skull fractures and potential brain injuries.

According to KSL.com, another young daughter was also riding, but it was her older two sisters who had the more serious injuries.

The parents, Van and Kim Oakes, said the girls were making progress in their treatments.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City Interim Superintendent of Schools David Gomez who previews Tuesday's school board meeting. Douglas Jepperson of Park City Karate has details about the Intermountain Karate Championship they're hosting next weekend. Tom Kelly, Vice President  of Communications with US Ski and Snowboard has details about the 2019 World Championships at Deer Valley, Park City and Solitude and Park City.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to the Park City Board of Realtors President Todd Anderson, who has details on last month’s awards as well as an update from the mid-year legislative meetings in Washington, DC, and news from the Wasatch Back Economic Summit. Park City environmental sustainability project manager Celia Peterson summarizes last week's Wattsmart Communities meeting and tells what's next. Park City Institute executive director Teri Orr discusses the summer pop-up concert series and the addition of one more act.

Local News Hour - May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis has this week’s Mountain Trails report. President of the Brighton Estates Property Owners Association Mark Fischer responds to last night's discussion on the Bonanza Flat conservation easement and master plan. Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has a recap of last night's lengthy meeting and Van Hemeyer – Vice President of Business Development for Extell Development Company has an update on the progress being made on the Wasatch County Mayflower expansion of Deer Valley Resort. 

Local News Hour - May 17, 2018

May 17, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher conducts a final interview with Park City Superintendent of Schools Ember Conley before she leaves for her new position in Mesa, AZ. Park City Republican Jeff Wright speaks  about the Better Boundaries ballot initiative’s  road to certification and November’s ballot.