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

Local News Hour December 21, 2017

Dec 21, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Glenn Wright has a recap from Wednesday's meeting. Betsy Wallace Managing Director of the Sundance Institute and Ralph Rivera (Director of Operations) have an update of what's new for Sundance 2018. Park City Fire Marshall Mike Owens and PIO Trisha Hazelrigg review Christmas safety tips, what's ahead for the district next year and the California wildfires. Park City Planning Commission Chair Adam Strachan has an update from Wednesday's meeting on Treasure Hill’s new smaller development plans.

Local News Hour - December 20, 2017

Dec 20, 2017

On today’s program, Park City School Board Member Petra Butler has an update on the superintendent recruiting efforts and District Business Administrator Todd Hauber updates the budget being drafted for next school year.  Park City Manager Diane Foster  and Assistant City Manager Matt Dias have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including a discussion on the new Treasure proposal. Grammy Award winning singer songwriter Lucky Diaz -  founder of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam  - talks about the two upcoming performances ] at the Park City Eccles Center Dec.

Local News Hour - December 19, 2017

Dec 19, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Community Development Director Patt Putt fills in for Tom Fisher and has details on the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting – including a preview of Chapter 3 of the Development Code. Park City Public Utilities Director Clint McAffee has a roundup of a number of water and public works projects. Recycle Utah director Carolyn Wawra with a monthly update and Author Chuck Newhall who will be presenting at Thursday’s Kimball Art Center Art Talk – talking about his new book Brightside Gardens.

It's been a long time in the works, and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent, but Park City met its target and rolled out the new downtown paid parking early Friday morning.  An unexpected problem emerged as people started using the new system:  it appears cell phones and the parking pay stubs don't get along very well.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has this update:

For more information on the parking changes, click here.

Local News Hour - December 15, 2017

Dec 15, 2017

On today’s program, THINC co-founder Brian Van Hecke talks about what THINC thinks about the new Treasure Hill proposal. Park City Parking and Fleet Supervisor Kenzie Coulson has last minute recommendations as the new paid parking program rolled out this morning.

Local News Hour - December 14, 2107

Dec 14, 2017

In today’s program, Summit County Council member Chris Robinson has a recap from Wednesday's meeting. Park City Planning Commission chairman Adam Strachan discusses last night ’s meeting on the proposed Treasure agreement. Park City Election Official Michelle Kellogg and Community. Engagement Manager Linda Jager have details about an open house to give more information about serving the vacant city council seat on Dec. 19th  and  Youth Sports Alliance Executive Director Emily Fisher has an update and athlete and scholarship recipient Jeanne Cranz Mauzey calls in from the Dew Tour.

Local News Hour - December 13, 2107

Dec 13, 2017

On today’s program, Snyderville Planning Chairman Canice Harte recaps last night’s meeting on the future of the Colby School campus. Park City Mayor Jack Thomas has more details on the tentative Treasure Hill agreement in which Park City will purchase half of the density for $30 million.  Summit County Health Dept. Environmental Director Phil Bondurant with an update on air quality monitoring and urban farm and local photographer and now filmmaker Lori Admaski Peek talks about the screening of her film, Down the Fence, at the Park City Film Series on Thursday.

Park City Mayor Jack Thomas will ask the city Planning Commission Wednesday if it's willing to freeze the Treasure Hill planning process, with no vote being taken on the current proposal, in order to explore an opportunity for Park City to acquire half of the density of Treasure Hill for $30 million. Here's the press release that was issued Tuesday: Treasure Hill Press Release.

Local News Hour - December 12, 2017

Dec 12, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting, including one more public hearing on the proposed tax increase. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a preview of Wednesday's planning commission meeting, following the one week continuance ono Treasure Hill.

Local News Hour - December 7, 2017

Dec 7, 2017

ON today’s program, Summit County Council member Doug Clyde has a recap from Wednesday's meeting.Park City School District President Andrew Caplan and Superintendent Ember Conley talk about the search for a new superintendent.

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