Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 23 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.

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Mormons Building Bridges
6:49 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Local Mormon Group To Hold Discussion On Equality

A community conversation about whether the state legislature ought to approve Senate Bill 100, which would outlaw discrimination against the LGBT community across the state will be held Tuesday night. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Sundance Interviews
12:09 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

The Sundance Reel - January 20, 2014

Maclain and Chapman Way, Directors. 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball'

Leslie Thatcher celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with Katie Eldridge and a bevy of Sundance filmmakers.

  The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Park City Screenings

  • 1/20/2014 5:30 pm. The MARC, Park City
  • 1/21/2014 8:30 pm. Library Center Theatre, Park City
  • 1/22/2014 6:30 pm. Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
  • 1/25/2014 10:00 pm. Holiday Village Cinema 4, Park City

  Whiplash. Park City Screenings

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Guest Lineup
11:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

The Sundance Reel Preview: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Leslie Thatcher and guest host Jill Orschel take to the mic to interview documentarians and feature filmmakers who are already getting buzz.

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Guest Lineup
12:00 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Sundance Reel Preview: Monday, January 20, 2014

Leslie Thatcher celebrates Martin Luther King Jr Day with Katie Eldridge and a bevy of Sundance filmmakers.

  • Chapman Way and Maclain Way, Directors. The Battered Bastards of Baseball, Documentary Premiere.
  • Damien Chazell, Director. Whiplash, US Dramatic Competition.
  • Steve James, Director, Chaz Ebert, widow. Life Itself, Documentary Premiere.
  • Amir Bar-Lev, Director. Happy Valley, Documentary Premiere.
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Park City Stories
5:06 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Park City Stories - Jim Tedford

Credit Jim Tedford

After working in Vail, Jim Tedford moved to Alta to help Jim McConkey build the Alta Lodge in the early 1960's.  McConkey was then hired as the new ski patrol director of the soon to open Treasure Mountains ski resort and Tedford found his way to Park City in October 1863 to work on the ski patrol. 

In this week's Park City story, Tedford recalls that opening season as well as Park City's all important apres ski opportunities in the early 60's.

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Anniversary
3:29 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Sundance Has 30 Years Of Success With Mission

As the Sundance Film Festival celebrates its 30th year, the team who produces the festival and all of the other programs of the Sundance Institute say sticking to the original mission has brought success and opportunity to take risks. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Sundance Film Festival
12:28 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

The Sundance Reel - Friday, January 17, 2014

L-R: David Foox, Producer, and Valerie Veatch, Director from the film 'Love Child'

Love Child, E-Team, Return to Homs and Whitey.

KPCW's News Director Leslie Thatcher turns her attention to the Sundance Film Festival for the next week, with interviews of documentary and festure filmmakers. Joined by KPCW Producer Beth Fratkin for today's show.

  Love Child - Park City Screenings

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Guest Lineup
12:00 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Sundance Reel Preview: Friday, January 17, 2014

Leslie Thatcher and co-host Beth Fratkin welcome the first full day of Sundance

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Archives
9:50 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Sundance Archives Online

Tanya DeAngelis
Credit Leslie Thatcher

In a downtown Salt Lake City office building  rests the history of the Sundance Institute and all of its programs from summer theater productions to documentary lab program to the film festival.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher recently toured the archives, which aren't open to the public and has this report.

http://history.sundance.org/

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Building Figures
12:29 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Building Highest in 30 Years

Park City had its busiest building season in more than 30 years. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports.

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