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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Arts & Culture
12:17 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Park City Stories - Al Davis

Nordic instructor Liv Simonsen is the woman in the white striped sweater behind Stein Ericksen.
Credit Ken Perkins

Al Davis got involved in the early years of the White Pine Nordic Touring Center when he didn’t like the new rules that had been issued by the Park City Ski Area's then ski school director Stein Eriksen.

One winter, back in the mid-1970s, Davis – who had taught plenty of ski lessons but had never been on Nordic skis before - only had to take one thrilling ride down Thaynes Canyon to give up his locked down heel bindings in favor of three pinning.  In this week’s Park City Story, produced and edited by KPCW's Leslie Thatcher, Al Davis remembers that fateful ski tour…

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Banksy Art
12:11 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Reward Offered To Find Banksy Vandal

Credit Paul Piper

Two Main Street business owners are offering a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest of those who are responsible for the vandalism of two paintings in Old Town by graffiti artist Banksy.  KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher reports. 

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Park City Film Series
3:31 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Film Lovers Raise Funds For Film Series Digital Campaign

The Park City Film Series raised the money it will need to go digital in 2014. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Special Series
10:52 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Park City Stories - Teri Orr

In 1989, Teri Orr was the editor of the Park Record.  One of the toughest stories she had to cover during her eight-year career there, was the tragic death of the man who had been the only person she knew when she had first moved to Park City 10 years before.  In this week’s Park City Story, Orr recounts the day the music died.

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Community
1:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Planned Parenthood Closing Park City Clinic

After 30 years of servicing the Park City community, Planned Parenthood is closing its Park City clinic next month. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports. 

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Legislative Session
9:18 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Strategic Planning Starts For 2014 Legislative Session

With the start of the legislative session no just a month away, Utah lawmakers began their strategic planning at all-day meetings at the State Capitol Wednesday. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Education Funding
1:42 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Senator Pat Jones Looks For Lasting Education Legacy

In her final year in the Utah legislature Senator Pat Jones is looking for a lasting education legacy. She thinks she's come up with a bill that many on both sides of the aisle can get behind and will pump an additional 400-million dollars into schools statewide. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has the story. 

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Sports & Rec
4:46 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Snowsports Recycling

Ken Barfield, Greg Schneider and Todd Losse
Credit Leslie Thatcher

A pilot program to recycling Snowsports equipment has made its way to Utah and Park City. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Special Series
7:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Park City Stories - Susan Badami

L-R: Tamara McKinney, Craig "CB" Badami, Tori Pillinger, Eva Twardokens
Credit Park City Museum

In spite of the millions of dollars poured into marketing the Park City ski experience, the world really starting taking Utah serious when it began hosting World Cup ski races.  The first one was in March of 1985.  

The  worldwide television coverage - better than any two page spread in a ski magazine  could do - showed off Utah's snow and scenery, eventually landing the state the 2002 Olympics.  Much of that success can be attributed to Craig Badami – or CB – who was hell bent on bringing the World Cup to town. 

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Teens Arrested
12:56 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Summit County Sheriff Stands By Arrests

Credit Summit County

Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds stands by his department's handling of a graduation celebration where kids under 21 were caught drinking. However he says he'll let his citizen review board make the final call.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports.

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