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

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Republican Primary Candidate Ron Winterton about his run for Senate District 26.  County Council Member Glenn Wright discusses the Council's visit to the conference of Utah Association of Counties held in St. George. Shauna Weist, Executive Director of Connect Summit County previews Mental Health Awareness Month beginning with the first event on May 1.

Local News Hour - April 26, 2018

Apr 26, 2018

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Republican Party primary candidate Brian Goram, one of three candidates running for Utah Senate District 26 seat. Lynsey Gammon Programs Director  with Summit Community Gardens has details about the opening of the garden and  Park City Institute Directir Teri Orr, reviews the St. Regis Big Stars Bright Nights summer concert lineup and possbile new concert venue.

Local News Hour - April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018

First up is a chat with Jesse Hunt, the new alpine director for U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Then Utah State University Professor Barty Warren-Kretzschmar has details about the bioregional report her graduate students are preparing for Park City Municipal Corporation. Finally, Park City resident Jack Rubin, one of three Republican candidates for Utah Senate District 26, talks about his candidacy.

Eight Wasatch County property owners sent a letter to the Wasatch County Council and the county attorney asking the council to hold off on adopting an ordinance and general plan amendment until the issue can be investigated for not following county procedures. Leslie Thatcher has more:

Park City plans to spend $40-million dollars to build 800 units of affordable housing. The founder of Park City Base Camp thinks he may have a solution, if only temporary, to house seasonal workers. Leslie Thatcher reports:

The Wasatch County Council Wednesday will consider a request to rezone a 20-acre parcel of land and amend the general plan so the applicant can move from the Central Planning Area to the South Planning Area, allowing for more density. Some residents think that's a bad idea. Leslie Thatcher has more:

Local News Hour - April 16, 2018

Apr 16, 2018

Park City School District Superintendent Ember Conley leads off with a preview of tomorrow's school board meeting agenda. Wasatch County property owners Sibyl Bogardus and Marilyn Crittenden talk about the letter they sent to Wasatch County Council and the process for the proposed general plan amendment. Eileen Dunn, president of the Kamas Valley Business Association, provides an update on her group. Finally, Rob DeBirke, policy director of Save Our Canyons, discusses a couple of issues, including helicopters and a proposed Mount Baldy tram at Alta.

Local News Hour - April 13, 2108

Apr 13, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt who has an update of some of the county’s development issues and projects. Wasatch County Manager, Mike Davis has an update on the county’s open space resolution,  the Deer Valley Mayflower development and challenges of servicing one of the fastest growing counties in the country and Director of the Park City Museum Sandra Morrison has details about the free locals day as well as other upcoming events.

Local News Hour - April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018

This morning begins with Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde, who recaps Wednesday's meeting. Next, Park City Environmental Sustainability Project Manager Celia Peterson discusses the Library Box program that the city council is funding. Finally, we hear details on upcoming youth programs from  Heather Sims, director of after school programs at Youth Sports Alliance; Eric Myers, of the Park City Curling Club; and Canice Harte, owner of Park City Running Company.

Local News Hour - April 11, 2018

Apr 11, 2018

This morning, Wasatch Fire District Chief Ernie Giles discusses local issues; Tom Clyde, co-writer and emcee of the Park City Follies previews this year’s production; Derek Siddoway of the Summit County Health Department talks about the opening of the Kamas Health Department; and Blake Christians, founder of Park City Base Camp, relates how his company hopes to bring live-in shipping containers to Park City.

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