Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 25 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.

Ways to Connect

Local News Hour - October 4, 2016

Oct 4, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy to talk about open space issues . Summit County Economic Development Manager Jeff Jones and Sustainability Manager Lisa Yoder are in to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's  county council meeting including the first report from the consultant hired to look at the Cline Dahle parcel and Summit County Council members Kim Carson and Roger Armstrong are both running unopposed on the November 8th ballot. We discuss the election and important issues facing council in next 4 years.

On the program today, Leslie talks with Wendy Fisher, the director of Utah Open Lands about the annual Hi-Ute pancake breakfast and an update on other open space projects. Second guest is Lily Nakai talking about her book and the upcoming luncheon.  Then, Director Jane Patten and Communications and Development  Director Ann Johnson with Peace House talk about events scheduled during October. 

The Local News Hour - September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Lora Smith who has  with this week's Mountain Trails Report. Brenda Burke is the executive director of the University of Utah’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid – she has details about the recent changes to FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) and how it will make it easier for you and your students. Park City Trails Coordinator Heinrich Deters gives us an update on the city’s walkability progress about City Trail Report and Michael Barille talks about his new job as director of the Historic Park City Alliance.

Local News Hour - September 29, 2016

Sep 29, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong about yesterday's meeting, including the discussion on the Canyons workforce housing plan. Tony Kohler, Heber City Planning Director discussed the October 12th public hearing on Form Base Code.

Local News Hour - September 28, 2016

Sep 28, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Bea Peck about the projects discussed at last night’s meeting including Discovery CORE and Basin View Residences. MeriAnn Boxall is a Park City Police Officer’s wife and organizer of the 2nd annual Paint the Town Blue event taking place on Saturday.

Leslie Thatcher

KPCW debuted a new public affairs show, Utah Politics Now  last Thursday. The guests of the first show, which will air through November 10th, were the candidates for Utah House District 54, Republic Tim Quinn and Democrat Rudi Kohler.

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County manager Tom Fisher to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's meeting which includes a review of the Canyons employee housing need analysis.  Fisher also has news about Thursday’s Fair Open House and plans for the Cline Dahle parcel in lower Jeremy. Park City planning director Bruce Erickson and Community Development Director Anne Laurent review Wednesday’s planning commission agenda with a number of proposed Land Management Code changes on the agenda.

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to  Summit County planners about tomorrow’s Snyderville Basin Planning Commission meeting. The Founder of the Strategic News Service and Future in Review Conference Mark Anderson talks about the technology conference that moved to Utah last year.

Local News Hour - Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Charlie Sturgis director of Mountain Trails Foundation about new trails being planned for construction next summer and electric bikes on trails. Park City Council member Tim Henney and Economic Development Project Manager Jason Gliden are in to talk about last night's council meeting dealing with special events, net-zero goals and a possible downzoning of the  property on Rossi Hill Drive. Doug Webster promotes the Ice Dance International show at Park City Ice Arena tomorrow night.

Local News Hour - September 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Park City Water Manager Clint McAfee who gives a water update and plans for a re-designed water treatment plant. Darryl Yeager with  the Odyssey Dance Company promotes Thriller which opens at the Egyptian Theater tonight. Kimball Art Center director Robin Marrouche invites the community to the closing party on Saturday for the Exhibit -Summer Rainfall  - which  features the work of Sybil Szaggars Redford and finally, Ollie Wilder, the Programs Manager for the Park City Community Foundation talks about the Grants Awarded last week.