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

Sundance Reel - Janaury 27, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

The Sundance Reel with Leslie Thatcher and  Co-Host Mark Harrington

9:12 Salt Lake Tribune Film Critic Sean Means has a rundown of his favorite films and highlights during this year’s festival.

9:36  Director of the World Documentary –Machines - Rahul Jain talks about his film that is a silent tribute to India’s textile workers.

9:48 Director of the Documentary Premier Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities- Mark .

Jill Orschel

After 17 years at the helm, Recycle Utah Director Insa Riepen has announced her resignation. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong to discuss yesterday’s meeting. Utah Rep. Tim Quinn discusses the new legislative session and Sundance Senior Programmer Caroline Libresco discusses this year's festival.

Sundance Reel - January 26, 2017

Jan 26, 2017

Sundance Reel with Leslie Thatcher and Co-Host - Barbara Bretz

9:10am Director Ifunanya "Funa" Maduaka talks about her Short Film, Waiting For Hassana

9:25am Director Pascale Lamache with the World Documentary Competition film, Winnie.

9:35am Director Ramona Diaz for the World documentary, Motherland

9:45am Director Christina Turner with the short film - Hold On

9:50am Director Michael Barnett  with Mars Generation - part of this year’s Sundance Kids Program

Local News Hour - January 25, 2017

Jan 25, 2017

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School Board Members JJ Ehlers and Andrew Caplan about yesterdays’ meeting. Park City Manager Diane Foster  and Economic Development Manager Jason Glidden discuss the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and Hadley Dynak, Executive Director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council talks about the Arts Council working with the SLC Creative Mornings Chapter to host a satellite of their monthly meet-up in Park City on Friday.

Sundance Reel - January 25, 2107

Jan 25, 2017

Sundance Reel with Leslie Thatcher and Co-Host Katy Wang

Director Laura Dunn discusses her Documentary Premiere, Look and See-A Portrait of Wendell Berry. Director Brian Knappenberger talks about his film Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press. The director of the premier Sidney Hall, Shawn Christensen is in and Director Kitty Green and Producer Scott Macaulay with the Film, Casting Jon Benet, discuss their experimental documentary.

Sundance Reel - January 24, 2017

Jan 24, 2017

Sundance Reel, Tuesday. January 24, 2017 with Leslie Thatcher and Katie Eldridge

Yance Ford and Executive Producer Danny Glover with the film Strong Island – part of the U.S. Documentary Competition 

Director Michael Showalter with The Big Sick – in the Premier category 

Directors Alex and Andrew Smith with the film Walking Out – part of the U.S Dramatic Competition

Local News Hour - January 24, 2017

Jan 24, 2017

Summit County manager Tom Fisher is in to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's meeting. Lauren Littlefield with Utah Democratic Party talks about the party's "Listening Tour" coming to Heber tonight at 7pm to discuss 2017 plans and beyond and People Health Clinic Development Director Aimee Armer and Community Outreach Referral Coordinator Rachel Barnett talk about the trip to the Goshute reservation

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On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie Thatcher and Co-Host Linda Jager speak to:

9:12 am

Director of The Incredible Jessica James, Jim Strouse.    

9:22am

Directors Feras Fayyad and Steen Johannessen with Last Men in Aleoppo

9:36am

Director Mark Pellington and Screenwriter Stuart Ross for The Last Word. 

9:48am

Director Rory Kennedy and the subject of her new film Laird Hamilton-Take Every Wave – The story of Laird Hamilton

Local News Hour - January 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Rocky Mountain Power spokesman Paul Murphy about about Electric Avenue - a $4M grant to develop electric corridors on UT, WY and ID highways. Historic Park City Alliance director Michael Barille talks about how we did over the holidays and the impacts from Sundance and Sundance Programmer Hussain Currimbhoy, is in to talk about some of the films in the New Climate Program.

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