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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Sam Jackenthal, the young, promising freestyle skier who died doing what he loved to do, is being remembered with special terrain park features constructed in his memory at Park City Mountain Resort. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Leslie Thatcher

The Sundance Film Festival isn't just about film - and one of the programs - New Frontier - continues to expand the way we tell stories. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has a preview of this year's program.

Local News Hour - January 18, 2017

Jan 18, 2017

On today’s program Gail Barille, CEO of the National Ability Center, Bob Henson  the Acting Executive Director and Board Chair for Splore and Andy Damen, National Ability Board Member and participant are in to announce the partnership between NAC and Splore, creating one of the largest adaptive programs for outdoor recreation and adventure in the country. Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen and Transportation Director Alfred Knotts discuss the roll-out of the Sundance community communications campaign.

Local News Hour - January 17, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks  to Summit County manager Tom Fisher about the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. In studio. Kathy Day of Valley Behavioral Health and Lisa May Brand Supervisor with R&R Partners have details about the Park City school district’s second  Lunch and Learn tomorrow from noon to one. The topic is how community mobilization can create sustainable social change to address the alarming opioid overdose rate in Utah. In studio.

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Sundance Transit Manager Brian Cambria. Erik Esquivel is the new Latino Community Outreach Specialist for the Park City School District. He talks about projects he's working on. Tom Kelly with the US Ski and Snowboard Association has the weekly team update and Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton is in with his monthly update.

Two snowboarders are lucky to be alive after setting off an avalanche Wednesday afternoon. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt with an update of this month's "What's That with Pat? Park City Mayor Jack Thomas and Utah Open Lands Executive Director Wendy Fisher talk about last night's council meeting and the Bonanza Flats purchase and Kimball Art Center Director Robin Marrouche and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock talk about the newest exhibit at the Kimball.: Thirty-Three: Celebrating 33 Years of the Independent Spirit & Sundance Film Festival.

Local News Hour - January 12, 2107

Jan 12, 2017

ON today’s program Leslie Thatcher speaks to  Summit County Council member Glenn Wright about this week's meeting. Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Colin DeFord has a recap on Tuesday’s meeting. Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan has the latest on the Treasure project.

Park City officials won't talk until tomorrow, but they have noticed an agenda item for Thursday's city council meeting that the city council will consider a purchase option for Bonanza Flat.  

The proposed purchase price is $38 million. City residents in November agreed to bond for $25 million of that. In a media advisory from Community Engagement Manager Linda Jager, representatives from Park City Council, Summit County Council, and several leading land conservation non-profits will provide a media briefing at 2 pm at the entrance to Park City Hall Thursday.

Local News Hour - January 11, 2017

Jan 11, 2017

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School Board Members Andrew Caplan and Julie Eihausen reviewing  yesterday's work session including the preliminary budget discussion. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Economic Development Director Jonathan Weidenhamer to discuss the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. Summit County Health Dept.

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