Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 25 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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  On today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Lisa Allison and Cathy King about the Park City Rotary Club's Giving Tree Festival. Three members of the Park City Leadership Class and Road Trip participants - Buster Pike, Marielle Pariseau and Anya Grahn,  talk about their impressions of the visit to Breckenridge and Grand Junction, CO.

Leslie Thatcher

On today's program Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Charlie Sturgis from the Mountain Trails Foundation about the WOW Trail. Summit County Sheriff PIO has the latest about a missing 77 year old in the Uinta Mountains. High West Proprietor David Perkins talks about the grand public opening of the new Blue Sky High West Distillery. Park City Mayor Jack Thomas talks about his impressions of Breckenridge - one of the locations this year's City Road Tour is visiting.

One of the hottest tickets in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was a ticket to the premiere of A Walk in the Woods, based on Bill Bryson's 1998 book of the same name. Here's Barbara Bretz with this week's Friday Film Review.

    On today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Robin Marrouche and Mathias Sanyer about two events this weekend, including a fundraiser and the reveal of the Rainworks exhibit on the Center's patio on Sunday. Kim Osborne, the PIO for the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Team  has an update on the Deer Creek Fire. Park City Planning Commissioner Adam Strachan updates us on Wednesday's planning commission meeting and Ollie Wilder and Syd Reed with the Park City Community Foundation talk about this year's community grants which were awarded last week.

Utah Avalanche Forecast Center

  For nearly 30 years, Bruce Tremper served as the director of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center. In August, he handed over the reins to his successor and looks forward to now helping the Center save lives in a different way. Leslie Thatcher has more.

  It's only based on early data, but there's good news for the Park City area. In the Georgetown University $5-million energy efficiency contest, the word is that early on, Summit County is leading the field. Rick Brough has more.

Sam Jackenthal

  16 year old Sam Jackenthal - an up and coming freeride skier - suffered a serious accident while free-sking in Australia this week. While the community is hoping for the best, the situation has been described as grave. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today's program,  host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Park City School Board Members JJ Ehlers and Phil Kaplan about the board's decision that if voters don't approve the $56 million bond, the board will raise the capital levy, resulting in a tax increase either way. Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Chuck Klingenstein updates us on Tuesday's planning commission meeting.


The Wheeler Fire raging near the Deer Creek Reservoir is growing even after more crews were brought to the scene Wednesday and operations had to be stopped because of a drone that was flown in the area. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today's program, host Leslie Thatcher speaks with outgoing Utah Avalanche Center Director Bruce Tremper on his nearly 30 year career with the Center. Park City Planners Anya Grahn and Kirsten Whetstone discuss Wednesdays' Park City Planning Commission agenda items, PC MARC Wellness Coordinator Dondee Sherer-Likes and Mary Closser with Recycle Utah talk about Wednesday's free Lunchtime Learning and Jenny Mauer and Kelsey Teegen with the Christian Center of Park City talk about Saturday's Hike for Hunger fundraiser.