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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If you've been eagerly waiting for that email notifying you of your time slot to purchase tickets as part of your Sundance film Festival ticket package, you'll have to wait a bit longer. Those who purchased ticket packages to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival were supposed to be able to log onto their accounts on Tuesday and learn what time they could return online to purchase their individual tickets.  But that hasn’t happened. Sundance has since sent out emails informing their patrons of the technical issues.

For the final Local News Hour of 2016, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Scott Loomis, director of Mountainlands Community Housing, reviews  the past year of affordable housing developments and a look ahead at 2017. Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability manager, discusses the county's  waiver of  solar building permit fees, and other sustainability items. Brent Christensen with Ice Castles  talks about  today's opening at the Homestead today at the Homestead and Park City planner Kirsten Whetsone talks about the new Ivers Tunnel Building at Silver Star that was dedicated yesterday.

No Worries Cafe and Grill

After 16 years of serving up home-cooked meals, the local mom and pop diner, No Worries Cafe & Grill is closing its doors on Saturday. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today's program Leslie Thatcher as a final chat with  Summit County Council Member Tal Adair who served for just more than a year on the council and lost in his re-election bid. Rich Sonntag  is retiring as General Manager of Promontory. We look back at his years with the development. Dr. Scott McIntosh, Medical Director of Summit County and Park City Emergency Medical Systems, and Eric Hales from Park City Fire Dept.

On today's program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Utah Rep. Mel Brown who will look back on his days in state legislature.   Summit County Council Member Claudia McMullin, looking back on her tenure on her eight years on the Council. Josh Hales and Carlos Kinder from the  Park City High School Lacrosse team and Ginny Tuite from the Wasatch High School Lacrosse talk about their separate Christmas tree pickup fundraisers. 

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Park City Municipal's new Environmental Sustainability Project Manager Celia Petersen. Park City Transportation Director Alfred Knotts is in to talk about the traffic plans for the upcoming busy holiday season. Tom Kelly with USSA has the latest on the U.S. Ski Teams and Brian Hanton and Matt Strader from Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District are in with a monthly update.

Local News Hour - December 15,2016

Dec 15, 2016

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong about Wednesday’s county council meeting – the second to last meeting of 2016. Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan talks  about last night’s meeting on Treasure and the new Kimball Garage special event center. Sundance Merchandise manager Tracie Murphy talks about the merchandise pop-up at the Gateway that's opening in mid-December and Hadley Dynak Executive Director Park City Summit County Arts Council to talk about the  Branded PC Pop-Up Shop - today through Saturday.

Local News Hour - December 14, 2106

Dec 14, 2016

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks with Snyderville Planning Commissioner Chair Bea Peck about Tuesday night’s meeting. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Environmental Sustainability Manager Luke Cartin discuss the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting and why the city is still recommending that it intervenes in the Rocky Mountain Power rooftop solar case. With the Summit County Health Dept. Monthly Update, Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant talks about a two year water study the health department just completed in the county.

Local News Hour - December 13, 2016

Dec 13, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County manager Tom Fisher who previews the agenda for Wednesday's meeting. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a review of Wednesday’s planning commission meeting, which includes the monthly update on the Treasure project as well as the appeal of his denial for a building permit for a building over an outdoor pool.

The Park City Council will be asked this week to approve a vendor contract that will get the new parking management program rolling, with an estimated implementation date of June 1st. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.