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

Local News Hour - January 24, 2018

Jan 24, 2018

Mark Staples calls in with today’s Utah avalanche forecast. Park City Board of Realtors President Todd Anderson discusses new leadership; how tax reform could affect the local real estate market; and year-end real estate stats. Gary Raymond, managing director of Replay Destinations, discusses the Yotels project at Canyons Village, in which most residences are priced at $275,000. Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter previews tonight’s Heber Light & Power meeting as well as the Heber City Council Meeting scheduled for tomorrow night.

The Park City city council tonight is scheduled to name their choice to fill the unexpired term of Andy Beerman’s council seat after he was elected mayor – even though the process may have been tainted. 

The Park City council presumably met in closed session on Tuesday January 16th after they had interviewed all 15 of the applicants over two days. That closed session was noted on the agenda. The first 7 applicants were interviewed on Thursday, January 11th and then the following 8 on Tuesday on the 16th.  

The Sundance Reel - January 23, 2018

Jan 23, 2018

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie and Katie visit with Betsy West and Julie Cohen, in town for the premier of their documentary, RBG.  The second guests on the program are Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, directors of Seeing Allred.  Then, Amy Adrion drops by to talk about her documentary, Half the Picture.  The final guests are Kevin Kerslake, and Joel Marcus from the film Bad Reputation.

Local News Hour - January 23, 2108

Jan 23, 2018

Evelyn Lees leads off today’s program with the Utah avalanche forecast. 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 and attempts to convey where all of the participants are.  Finally, Mandalit del Barco, NPR reporter, talks about covering the Sundance Film Festival.


Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a starring role in this year's Sundance.  She is the subject of "RBG," a documentary in the film festival.  NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg has known Ginsburg for decades.  She's in the documentary, and interviewed Ginsburg in front of a full house Sunday before the movie's premiere.   KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has the story: 

The Sundance Reel - January 22, 2018

Jan 22, 2018

On today’s Sundance Reel, Leslie chats with Kenneth Turan film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's morning edition. Jenny Mackenzie, Amanda Stoddard and Jared Ruga about their production of Quiet Heroes.  Then Laura Nix, director of  Inventing Tomorrow, visits the studio. Director Matthieu Rytz talks about his movie, Anote’s Ark.  Final guests are Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin, two of the producers of Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

Local News Hour - January 22, 2018

Jan 22, 2018

First we hear from Evelyn Lees with today’s avalanche forecast. Next, Bryan Schott, managing editor of utahpolicy.com, provides a Utah Legislature update. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Assistant City Manager Matt Dias preview Tuesday's special meeting. Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton discusses this year’s goals, including a possible game crossing on SR 224.  Finally, we hear from Tom Kelly about what's up with the US Ski and Snowboard team.

The Sundance Reel - January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018


​Hosted by Leslie Thatcher and Mark Harrington

9:00-10:00 AM

Director Reinaldo Marcos Green, MONSTERS AND MEN. U.S. Dramatic Competition

Director Morgan NevilleWON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, Doc Premiere. 

Local News Hour - January 19, 2018

Jan 19, 2018

On today’s program, Greg Gagne has today’s Utah Avalanche forecast. Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt with an update of this month's "What's That with Pat?"  Amy Entelis, the Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development of CNN Worldwide talks about what brings her to the Sundance Film Festival every year and Sundance Senior Programmer David Courier discusses some of the dramatic films in this year’s festival competition.

Local News Hour - January 18, 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Trent Meisenheimer leads off with today’s avalanche forecast. Next, Summit County Council Member Doug Clyde recaps Wednesday's meeting; Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan reviews last night’s meeting; and Sundance Senior Programmer John Nein talks about some of the offscreen programs at this year’s festival.