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 - September 27, 2017

Sep 27, 2017

On today’s program, Mike Simone from RRC Associates and Jim Powell, Vice President of Marketing for the Park City Chamber Bureau will present the highlights for the 2016/2017 Ski Utah Skier Research Study. Equine Specialist Alejandra Lara and Outreach Coordinator from Wasatch Mental Health Colleen Oisher discuss the teen drug and alcohol prevention research being conducted through the Equine Assisted Learning program at the National Ability Center in conjunction with Wasatch Mental Health.

Missing out on the large crowds lining Park City’s Main Street this year, the Tour of Utah has pushed its start date back next year, possibly allowing for the final stage to end in Park City once again. 

Next year’s tour - the 14th annual - is scheduled for Monday, August 6 through Sunday, August 12th. The dates had to be approved by the International Cycling Union or UCI – the global governing body of cycling which was done this week.

Local News Hour - September 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Yoder talks about the county's efforts to achieve net zero. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews Wednesday’s planning commission agenda. Park City Film Series Director Katy Wang talks about Thursday’s free screening of “She Started It,” and one of the post film panelists Juliana Duran, the Associate Director of PandoLabs and Park City Angels Staff analyst and facilitator and Sheriff Justin Martinez discusses programs in the county jail and the need for volunteers.

Local News Hour - September 25, 2017

Sep 25, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County planner  Amir Caus talks about tomorrow's Snyderville Basin planning commission agenda. Park City Board of Realtors Update - Board members Leanne Perry and Page Juliano discuss legacy history in the community, multi-generational transactions, and the upcoming board election. Park City Summit County Arts Council Ex.

With the help of several grants, the People's Health Clinic will be opening a satellite office in Heber City after the start of the new year. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - September 22, 2017

Sep 22, 2017

On today’s program, Bob Radke from Basin Rec has today’s Trails Report.  Jody Churich, COO and Executive Vice President of Woodward has an update on Woodward Park City's plans, an all-in-one, year-round training facility. Park City Council member Tim Henney has a recap about last night's meeting and People's Health Clinic Director Beth Armstrong talks about the new 1-day a week clinic in Heber City.

Park City Leadership Class 21 is once again encouraging residents to get out this weekend and meet their neighbors for the 3rd annual Neighbor Day. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017

On today’s program, Our Schools Now Campaign Manager Austin Cox has details about the education funding initiative that could be on the November 2018 ballot. Summit County Council member Doug Clyde has a recap from Wednesday's meeting. Utah State Representative Tim Quinn has an update on legislative issues, including his bill to remove sales tax from food and Peace House Director of Development and Marketing, Sally Tauber has details about Peace House Bling Fling parties.

By the end of the month, the Park City School Board will have a new board president for the second time this year. As KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports, at least one board member isn't shocked at this unusual trend.

On today’s program, School Board Member Andrew Caplan has details about yesterday’s school board meeting and resignation of board president Julie Eihausen. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including the decision to pull the Microtransit contract from the agenda.

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