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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Underaged Drinking Arrests
4:18 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Parents Unhappy About How Summit County Sheriff's Office Treated Kids After Arrest

At least two parents are unhappy with how the Summit County sheriff's office treated their kids after they were arrested for underage drinking at a Winter School graduation party. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports.

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Alta Avalanche
3:53 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Skier Trapped After Alta Avalanche

Credit Utah Avalanche Center

A backcountry skier dragged into a ravine by an avalanche Monday was saved by a special air bag she deployed in a bid to stay afloat. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more. 

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Updated GED Test
11:55 am
Wed December 11, 2013

GED Test Being Updated Nationwide for 2014

Taking the GED test in Utah will be a bit different in 2014. The high school equivalency test is being updated nationwide, with a focus on better preparing students for secondary education and workforce readiness. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more. 

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Resort News
4:07 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Last Local Ski Resort Opens

Deer Valley was the third of the Park City resorts to open on Saturday. KPCW's Leslie Thacther has more.

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Special Series
1:57 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Park City Stories - Karen Korfanta

Karen Korfanta

Karen Korfanta was a Junior National Champion ski racer in the 1960s and went on to compete for the University of Utah race team.  She was later named to the US Ski Team and a member of the 1968 US Olympic Ski Team.

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Skier Days
3:41 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Freeskiers Buoy Snowsports Numbers

According to a recent report from the Snowsports Industries of America (SIA), participation in alpine skiing dropped last winter and overall snowsports participation was down three percent. But as KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports, those numbers don't tell the whole story.

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Special Series
2:19 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Park City Stories Start Friday

KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher starts a new series of local stories for this winter.

To celebrate Park City Mountain Resort’s 50th anniversary, KPCW created an audio anthology – filled with local stories. 

We'll be sharing your yarns about yard sales, anecdotes around America’s Open, features about first chairs or first runs and vignettes about virgin ski trails.If it happened at Park City Mountain Resort over the last 50 years, we've heard – and recorded – it. Starting Friday, December 6 during the morning news with Leslie Thatcher.

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Local News
4:25 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Wake Up Canyons!

Hundreds were treated to a free cup of coffee this morning as Canyons Resort unveiled a new partnership with Mountain Trails Foundation that could potentially raise tens of thousands of dollars for the non-profit organization.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Round Valley Opening

Mountain Trails Foundation has its rollers out in Round Valley with hopes that some trail skiing could be ready this weekend. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has this update.

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TEDx Park City
1:00 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

National And Local Names To Speak At TEDx Event

For the third year, the Park City Institute is bringing the TEDx Women's event to town. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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