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 Morning Mix - November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017

Today on The Morning Mix, JW and Jude are joined in studio by live musical guest Alisha Stockman. Kathy Donnell, Park Ranger and Naturalist for Wasatch Mountain State Park, calls in to discuss the importance of dark skies, and Travis Gilbert, Assistant Golf Pro at Park Meadows Golf Club comes into the studio to share golf fitness tips for every season.

With the election of city council member Andy Beerman to mayor and planning commissioner Steve Joyce to City Council, there are now two vacancies to fill. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more about how they will be filled.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Doug Clyde who has a recap from Wednesday's meeting. Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan discusses last night’s meeting on Treasure Hill. Kate Bowman, Project Manager with Utah Clean Energy discusses the upcoming deadline to secure current solar rates before prices increase later this month and the Youth Sports Report monthly update with Emily Fisher, YSA Executive Director, and Heather Sims, YSA After School Program Director.

More than 30 years ago, the Park City Council approved the masterplan for the Treasure Hill development. Over the years, various attempts have been made to get the project to a point to actually get it out of the ground. That time may be very soon. Leslie Thatcher has this update.

Local News Hour - November 8, 2017

Nov 8, 2017

On today’s program, Park City School Board members Andrew Caplan and JJ Ehlers have an update from Tuesday's meeting, including the interviews with the two school board candidates for Julie Eihausen's seat. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Parking and Fleet Supervisor Kenzie Coulson have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. Park City Museum Director Sandra Morrison has details on the Grand Opening of the new Education and Collections Center on November 17th.

Local News Hour - November 7, 2017

Nov 7, 2017

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy about open space issues, including Summit County’s decision not to help fund the purchase of the Osguthorpe Ranch. Summit County Regional Transportation Planner Caroline Rodriguez discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting, which includes a public hearing on the Canyons SPA amendment and a couple of transit related updates. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson discusses tomorrow’s planning commission agenda, which includes the Treasure development. .

On today’s program, the Director of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Mike Luers has an update on the Silver Creek expansion. Park City Transit and Transportation update with Alfred Knotts and Parking Manager Kenzie Coulson with details on  paid parking, the 224 and 248 studies and the winter traffic management plan. Stacy Waggoner - A Park City Toastmasters member who is competing at the District Conference Nov 10-11 in the Tall Tales speaking contest. This district covers the Toastmaster clubs in Utah and Idaho, plus parts of Nevada, Wyoming and Oregon.


Hank Rothwell, the man who served as CEO and President of United Park City Mines Company and got the Empire Pass development through the city approval process, has died. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

The Extell Development Company out of New York City has closed on the 23-hundred acre mountain parcel of Mayflower – paving the way for an expansion of the Deer Valley Resort. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

On today’s program, Silver Creek Resident Dawn Bowes is one of many who opposes the proposed Little Valley subdivision next to Lewis Park in Silver Creek. She explains why. Park City Mayor Jack Thomas and Arts and Culture District Project Manager Nate Rockwood have an update following yesterday’s Open House for the Arts & Culture District and MPE Inc. Spokesman Pat Sweeney talks about his family's proposed development, Treasure Hill and how he expects they will get a decision from the planning commission by the end of the year.