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 - September 8, 2017

Sep 8, 2017

On today’s program, Bob Radke with Basin Rec has this week’s Mountain Trails Report. DACA participant Enrique Sanchez shares his story and the uncertainty of his future with the decision made this week to phase out the DACA program. Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong and Park City Council member Nann Worel have an update on this year’s City Road Tour to Boulder. CO. Park City Museum Director Sandra Morrison and Marianne Cone with Park City Mining History have details on the Celebrate Our Roots on Wednesday, and a recap of mine site stabilization efforts this year.

Local News Hour - September 7, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

On today’s program, Kathy Donnell - Park Naturalist with Utah State Parks with a monthly parks update. Park City resident and former school board member Moe Hickey talks about the efforts to help DACA students and the impact from the decision for do away with the program. Pure Midway board member, JC Simonson, wants to preserve open space and asked the city council to approve a bond referendum for November’s Ballot. The Midway city council recently voted it down 3 to 2. He has an update on what happens now and if the issue will return for the 2018 ballot.

Park City and the Utah Department of Transportation will need to launch an environmental assessment study before any improvements can be made to State Route 248. This means it could be two more years before there's traffic relief for Park City's back entrance. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Local News Hour - September 6, 2017

Sep 6, 2017

On today’s program, Park City School Board Member, Andrew Caplan talks about Tuesday’s school board meeting including the administration's proposed safety measures which have a price tag of nearly 3 million dollars. Editor of the Park Record Nan Chalat Noaker, who has announced she is retiring next month, has a look back at her 40 your reporting career in Park City and Utah Artist Jimmi Toro previews his new exhibit at the Kimball Art Center.

PCSD Incident

Sep 6, 2017

This message just released by the Park City School District:

"Last night at approximately 9:20 p.m., Park City School District Administration was made aware of a social media post via Snapchat of a student putting a gun-like weapon into a backpack and making a statement “all will be better tomorrow.” 

As the Park City School District embarks on this year's theme of Safety and Health, they'll be incorporating the safety of its Hispanic and other ethnic students, now that President Trump has announced he will end the DACA -- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals -- program. This is the program that has allowed young, illegal immigrants the opportunity to receive temporary deferment from having to leave the country, as well as giving them temporary eligibility for a work permit. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today’s program, Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy  has an announcement on the newest acquisition. Superintendent Ember Conley has details on this morning's school board meeting that starts at 9 at the school district office. Summit County Dispatch Manager Nick Wilkinson and Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter discuss the recent merger between the Park City and Summit County public safety dispatch centers, as approved in both council meetings last week.

 

The video of a University of Utah Hospital nurse refusing to submit her patient to a blood test and turn that blood sample over to the Salt Lake Police department, and then being handcuffed and hauled out of the building for her refusal, is going viral  - and has prompted University Hospital leaders to update their policy of blood draws. Leslie Thatcher has more.

Aubreigh Parks

Last Saturday, more than a thousand people gathered in Monticello, Utah for the memorial service of staff Sgt. Aaron Butler – who was killed August 16th serving a combat mission in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the soldier’s youngest sibling, Adam, drove back alone to his new home in Heber City – and was welcomed with an outpouring of love and support from the community. Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Heidi Tucker's Blog

On today’s program Charlie Sturgis has today’s Mountain Trails Report. Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt with an update on planning and building in Summit County, includ the controversy over guesthouse size in The Colony. Park City Council member Becca Gerber has details about last night's meeting.

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