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

Local News Hour - April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Librarian Lee Whiting who talks about the new Kamas Branch. Park City Council member Lynn Peek has a recap of last night's meeting. Glenn Dyer, who most people know as Duffy Dyer, talks about his first novel a WW II story, "The Torch Betrayal” and Park City Resident, NBA All-Star and now Author Mark Eaton, talks about his new book, “The Four Commitments of a Winning Team.” He'll be doing a book signing tonight at Dolly's Bookstore on Main St.

The group of Utahns who want to secure the 2030 Winter Olympics for the state recently submitted a report to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which will make the call this fall on where to hold the 2030 Games. Leslie Thatcher has more on this:

Local News Hour - April 5, 2018

Apr 5, 2018

We begin today with Kathy Donnell, a naturalist with Utah State Parks. Then Kim Carson, a member of the Summit County Council, recaps Wednesday's meeting. Chris Phinney, Park City's special events coordinator, joins Emily Fisher, Youth Sports Alliance executive director, and Bob Kollar, vice president of special events for the Park City Chamber/Bureau, with details about this week's street concert and Olympic parade. Finally, Park City Transit officials Marilee Hewitt and Blake Fonsbeck discuss bus route changes that start Monday.

Local News Hour - April 4, 2018

Apr 4, 2018

First up this morning are Park City School Board President Andrew Caplan and Business Administrator Todd Hauber, who have details about Tuesday’s meeting, including a discussion on raising taxes. Next, Park City Manager Diane Foster and Planner Hannah Tyler preview the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, which includes a number of proposed amendments to the Land Management Code to address affordable housing.

Local News Hour - April 3, 2018

Apr 3, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy on open space issues. Deputy Summit County Manager Janna Young discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting and previews  of the Solid Waste Master Plan that will be discussed next week. Kimball Art Center Communications Director Amy Roberts and Board Treasurer Dan Lemaitre have  details on a couple of upcoming events this week at the Kimball including kids and adult mini class sessions on Thursday and a Listening Room on Friday.

This morning, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Ember Conley, superintendent of Park City schools about Tuesday's school board meeting.  And Tom Kelly, U.S. Ski & Snowboard spokesman, has his final update of the winter season, as well as his last report on KPCW before he retires after a 30-year career at the organization.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Jeff Wright, the republican co-chair of the Better Boundaries initiative. Park City Council Member Nann Worel has a recap of last night's meeting and Intermountain Healthcare Director of Public Affairs Amy Tuddenham has an update on the Heber Hospital expansion and now designated as a Level 4 Trauma Center.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong who has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Wayne Pulham with the Bureau of Reclamation talks about plans to upgrade Echo State Park and Moab Multicultural Center Executive Director Rhiana Medina has details  about the programs they offer and Park City Council's visit last month.

A default on a bank loan by Talisker Land Holdings LLC has opened the door for Park City to purchase a block of condominiums in the Prospector neighborhood at a low enough price that they could help meet the need for affordable housing.  Leslie Thatcher has the story:

Local News Hour - March 28, 2018

Mar 28, 2018

On the Local News hour, Leslie talks with Park City Board Of Realtors President Todd Anderson with a monthly update, Park City Manager Diane Foster has a preview of the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting, and Wasatch County School District Superintendent, Paul Sweat .