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 - August 4, 2017

Aug 4, 2017

On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis as this week’s Mountain Trails Report. Dave March with Kimball Art Center has details on this weekend. Park City Council member Becca Gerber recaps  last night's meeting. Reggan Jastram and John Philpott have details on Heber City Day of Giving coming up on August 8th. PC MARC Lunch and Learn with Cole Jonson and next week’s guest Audrey Lee discuss the secrets to permanent fat loss through nutrition and healthy living and San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus Executive Director Chris Verdugo has details on their upcoming performance Sunday.

Local News Hour - August 3, 2017

Aug 3, 2017

On today’s program, Kathy Donnell , Park Naturalist with Utah State Parks has a monthly update. Summit County Council member Kim Carson recaps yesterday’s meeting.  Park City Mayoral Candidate Dana Williams and Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen with a look ahead at the week's events –including the Kimball Arts Festival information you need to know.

Due to equipment malfunction, we don't have the entire segment of today's Local News Hour, except for the interview with Mayoral candidate, Andy Beerman. 

ON today’s program, Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy has an open space update. Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Park City Mayoral Candidate Roger Armstrong talks about his campaign. Brint Markle - CEO and Co-Founder of Mountain Hub talk about the new app which was released this week and Utah Treasurer David Damschen will talk about the unclaimed property and money in Summit and Wasatch County and how to contact the state about it.

Local News Hour - July 31, 2017

Jul 31, 2017

On today’s program, Pat Vaughn, Colleen Bonner and Celeste Johnson - the three Midway Mayoral candidates competing in the August 15th primary. They discuss their involvement in politics, how it’s come to having three women running for the office, what their positions are and how they differ. Park City School District Superintendent Ember Conley previews tomorrow's school board meeting.

Local News Hour - July 28, 2017

Jul 28, 2017

On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis has this week’s Mountain Trails Report. Tania Knauer, Deanna Rhodes and Ruth Silverstein with Planned Parenthood of Utah have details about Sunday's hike, the Wasatch and Summit county Teen Council and "The Art of Safe Sex" an upcoming fundraise in October. Park City Planning Commissioner Preston Campbell recaps Wednesday's meeting and the New General Manager of Park City Television, Keefe Pulley, has details about the recent sale of the station to Deerfield Media Group and the future of PCTV.

Local News Hour - July 27, 2017

Jul 27, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong discusses business from yesterday's council meeting. Ann Zimmerman with Friends of Wasatch County Library has details on the new Share a Book Program that rolled out earlier this month. Park City Extreme Cup Soccer Tournament Director Shelley Gillwald with details on the 14th annual tournament and Utah Clean Energy's Solar Project Coordinator Kate Bowman has an update on net metering.

Local News Hour - July 25, 2017

Jul 25, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews tomorrow's planning commission agenda. Founder of the Supremes, Singer Mary Wilson is performing at the Egyptian Theater this week - Thursday through Saturday nights and South Summit Superintendent Shad Sorenson and Business Administrator Kip Bigelow talk about the school bond efforts,  the issues of teacher salary competition in neighboring school districts and an update on the Silver Summit Academy.

On today's program, Melissa Etheridge has details on her upcoming performance at Deer Valley on Thursday.  Summit County Investigator Christina Sally has details on registering for Camp Safety which is held August  14 - 18 and Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton and Trails and Open Space Manager Bob Radke are in with a monthly update.

In January, Governor Gary Herbert challenged the private and public sectors to create 25,000 jobs within Utah's 25 rural counties. The launch of the 25k Jobs Tour comes to Summit County this week. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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