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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Leslie Thatcher

As Park City scrambles to come up with $13 million to close on the sale of Bonanza Flat, questions of why the price tag is so high - and will the property continue to be used as it is today - are starting to percolate. Leslie Thatcher has more.

  On today’s program, Summit County planners Tiffany Robinson and Ray Milliner discuss tomorrow's Snyderville Basin planning commission agenda. Logan School District Superintendent, Frank Schofield discusses the later start time changes their school district will implement in Fall 2017. Artistic Director for RDT – Repertory Dance Theater - Linda Smith talks  about the performances later this week at the Egyptian Theater and Tom Clyde - co-writer and emcee of the Park City Follies which open next week at the Egyptian Theater.

On today’s program, Erin Ferguson with Save People Save Wildlife and John Montoya UDOT project manager, discuss the UDOT open house at Jeremy Ranch Elementary next week.  Utah Snow Supervisor with the Natural Resources Conservation Service In Salt Lake, Randy Julander discusses the most recent Climate and Water Report.  Park City School District Communications Specialist Molly Miller and CEO of Atlas RTX Bassam Salem discuss the 2-way community engagement platform the school district plans to use to provide information to the public regarding the school bond.

On today’s program, Kathy Donnell - Park Naturalist with Utah State Park has her monthly update. Summit County Council member Doug Clyde has details about business discussed at yesterday’s county council meeting.

On today’s program, Freelance Writer Peter Oliver discusses his article "Gimme Shelter" about affordable housing efforts in resort towns in this month's Ski Area Magazine. Park City School Board Members  Julie Eihausen and Petra Butler discuss Tuesday's school board meeting. Park City Film Series Director Katy Wang discusses Earth Month – free film screenings every Thursday in April. Also the rundown of free movies for kids during next week’s PCSD spring break and Park City Institute Director Teri Orr announces the rundown of the Big Stars Bright Nights summer season.

Local News Hour - April 4, 2017

Apr 4, 2017

On today’s program, Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy, Park City council member Andy Beerman and Utah Open Lands director Wendy Fisher announce a new challenge to save Bonanza Flat.

Local News Hour - March 31, 2017

Apr 3, 2017

On today’s program, Melissa McKain, Director of Summit County Children’s Justice Center has an update on their efforts to find a new location and how the $30,000 Women’s Giving Fund grant is being spent. Park City Council member Andy Beerman discusses last night's meeting including the appeal on the new Kimball Garage special event space and a representative of National Ability Center has details about the Ability Snow Challenge tomorrow at PCMR.

Local News Hour - March 30, 2017

Mar 30, 2017

On today’s program, High Country News Correspondent Elizabeth Shogren discusses her recent article "Why the West will Continue to Green Without the Clean Power Plan.”  Director of the state Institutional Trust Lands Administration and former Summit County Council Member, David Ure discusses how the national Monument affects Utah public school funding and Sarah Koenig - the co-founder of the podcast Serial - who will be on the Park City Eccles stage on Saturday night with co-founder Julie Snyder, discusses binge worthy journalism.

On today’s program Former CEO of Skullcandy Hoby Darling one of the presenters of Thin Air -Performance Under Pressure and Sergeant First Class in the United States Army Special Forces, more commonly known as the “Green Berets Brian Sudler discuss their presentations in next week’s Thin Air Festival. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Economic Development Director Jonathan Weidenhamer discuss the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and Lilliama Woods and Rob Weyer are running for Vice Chair of the North Summit County Democratic Party. They share their platforms.

On today’s program, Summit County Chief Financial Officer Matt Leavitt discusses new information from the state on sales tax revenue, specifically the  new county option transportation and additional mass transit taxes voters approved in November. Park City Mountain Resort  COO Bill Rock, Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton and Summit Land Conservancy Director Cheryl Fox announce the resorts matching grant for Bonanza Flat.

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