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

Tori Pillinger Robinson

Before Park City had made a name for itself as a world cup ski venue, Tori Pillinger-Robinson - a hometown ski prodigy - introduced the world to Park City. After battles with cancer, Tori died on Saturday. Leslie Thatcher has a look back at her life well lived. #liveliketori

For more information about Tori: https://www.torijrobinson.com/

Tori's Blog: The Damaged Diva

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On today's program, Park City Manager Diane Foster and Environmental Sustainability Manager Luke Cartin discuss the Agreement announced for Utah Rooftop Solar and the rest of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. Carol Clawson, a Heber City resident and competitor (along with her dog Kita) at this year’s Soldier Hollow Classic, has details about this weekend's Soldier Hollow Classic. Park City Hospital spokesperson Amy Roberts and the Director of the Live Well Center Kelly Woodward discuss the upcoming upcoming 5K-9 to help people and their pets live healthier lives. 

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. We introduce you to Melinda Colton, the new Park city School District Communications Director.

The Local News Hour - August 28, 2017

Aug 28, 2017

On today’s program, the Co- Campaign Director of the Utah Patients Coalition DJ Sanz talks about efforts to place a medical cannabis initiative on the November 2018 ballot. Park City High School Principal Bob O'Connor has an update on 2017 graduation statistics and the summer school AP prep program offered to ELL students – efforts to close the achievement gap here in Park City and provide more opportunities for higher participation in AP and Honors curriculum.  UDOT Project Manager John Montoya has an update on the start of construction to extend wildlife fencing.

Starting this winter, all of the ski patrollers at Park City Mountain will be full-time certified patrollers, following mountain management's decision to disband the volunteer arm of the ski patrol. It's a decision that the union isn't happy about. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - August 25, 2017

Aug 25, 2017

On today’s program, Bob Radke has this week’s Mountain Trails Report with Bob Radke. Cheryl Fox and Wendy Fisher – this year’s Rotary Club’s Professional Citizens of the Year. They talk about their organizations impact on saving open space and their reactions to yesterday’s draft report on shrinking two National Monuments in Utah. Clark Martinez, son of iconic miner Rich Martinez, and Robert Holmes from Park City Rotary have details on this year's Mucking and Drilling contest, as well as the other activities planned for Miner's Day.

Local News Hour - August 24, 2017

Aug 24, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Chris Robinson has a recap from Wednesday's meeting. Snyderville Planning Commissioner Canice Harte has an update from Tuesday’s marathon session, that included future uses at the Colby School and Park City Special Events Manager has a look ahead at the week's events - NAC Summit Challenge as well as  SEAC (Special Events Advisory Committee) meeting recap.

 

Local News Hour - August 23, 2017

Aug 23, 2017

On today’s program, we introduce you to the new principal for Trailside Elementary school, Carolyn Synan. She talks about preliminary class sizes,  and projects she plans to undertake right from the beginning. Executive Director of PC Tots, Carol Loomis, who was awarded Park City Rotary's Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award yesterday and Beth Armstrong – of the  People's Health Clinic discusses the upcoming fundraiser Healthy Laughs on Sept. 1st.

Local News Hour - August 22, 2017

Aug 22, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews tomorrow's planning commission agenda, including  the Star Hotel and Woodside Park applications and Park City Museum director Sandra Morrison has details about a lecture Wednesday on Sherman's March to Sea, by local Civil War buff Steve Reggentin.

News headlines this week reported that school districts throughout the state are concerned about lead in their drinking water. Here along the Wasatch Back, the Wasatch School District hasn't submitted any data, and there was one finding of an elevated level in the North Summit Elementary School that has since been fixed. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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