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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 Three Park City residents have filed to fill the unexpired term of school board member Phil Kaplan. That person is expected to be named next week.

Due to some scheduling issues, the Park City school board has pushed back open interviews of the three candidates, who have filed to fill the unexpired term of Phil Kaplan in District 1.

The applicants include former teacher, union negotiator and sports agent Tommy Tanzer who is currently a member of the Park City Education Foundation. Tanzer lives in Deer Valley and has lived in Park City since 1978.

Local News Hour - June 6, 2017

Jun 6, 2017

On today’s program Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy talks about open space issues. Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Park City Ski Team director Jesse Hunt and Walt Evans, Integration Team Facilitator discuss the intent to combine five sports clubs into one – to be known as the Park City Ski and Snowboard Club and led by Hunt. Park City Film Series Director George Dymalski on his retirement from the film series and George Grove of The Kingston Trio appearing at the Egyptian Theater this weekend. 

Local News Hour - June 5, 2017

Jun 5, 2017

On today’s program, Transit and Transportation update with Alfred Knotts, Caroline Rodriguez. Park City Superintendent of Schools Ember Conley and School Board member Andrew Caplan preview tomorrow’s School Board meeting agenda.

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President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the Paris accord -- the global agreement, reached in 2015, to set targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures. But the President's denial of global warming got a cold reception from America's cities. A group of 83 mayors -- including Park City's own Jack Thomas -- say they will continue to uphold the commitments of the Paris Agreement. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

The US Environmental Protection Agency has filed a lawsuit against Park City’s last operating mining company and the company that acquired it – for failing to respond to EPA’s request for a status update on the mine tailing cleanup and restoration work the companies agreed to do. 

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Untied Park City Mines and the company that acquired the mine company, Talisker Finance.

Local News Hour - June 2, 2017

Jun 2, 2017

On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis has this week’s Mountain Trails Report .Utah Highway Patrol spokesman Todd Royce talks about Utah's Move Over Law. New Summit County Attorney Margaret Olsen talks about her new job and why she wanted it. US Ski Team members Laurenne Ross and Tommy Ford talk about their season, their rehabilitation and the upcoming Olympic season and Film Series Director Katy Wang has details on the next two weekends of film screenings plus the free screening of Tickling Giants on Thursday, June 8. Plus a look ahead at this summer film screenings.

The  Eastern Summit County Planning Commission will hold  a Public Hearing tonight to discuss a Development Agreement Amendment for the South Point of the Promontory Specially Planned Area, which is proposing nearly three times the amount of density that was originally approved.

Local News Hour - June 1, 2017

Jun 1, 2017

On today’s program, members of the contract negotiating team: Renee Pinkney, PCEA co-president, Janice Jones, PCEA Negotiator,  and Park City School Board member Andrew Caplan, have details on the announcement of the teacher contract for the next three years. Utah State Park Naturalist Kathy Donnell has the latest on local state parks. Summit County Council member Chris Robinson has details on the Bonanza Flat funding agreements. Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen has a rundown of some of the first events for this summer. Summit Community Gardens Ex.

The Park City Board of Education approved a generous, but competitive 3-year compensation agreement with the Park City Education Association, which represents the school district’s teachers. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Under the agreement, the starting salary for licensed staff, which includes teachers, will increase from $43,700 to $50,700* plus benefits. In addition, every licensed teacher, district-wide, will receive a salary increase of $7,000, effective this September.

Local News Hour - May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

On today’s program, Scott Johansen, local businessman, talks about septic systems in  the Snyderville Basin. Park City election official Michelle Kellogg and Council member Nann Worel discuss the logistics and experience of running for office. Michelle has details about eligibility, campaign spending, order of candidates on the ballot and Nann offers her perspective on her campaign and why she decided to run. Ex.

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