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.

Ways to Connect

Last summer, it was announced that a local technology company, BoardDocs would finance a pilot coding program for the Park City School district’s first grade students. Now, nearly a year later, some 400 first graders have taken the first steps and the program will eventually be expanded from kindergarten through 5th grades. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Olympic champion Picabo Street is launching the Picabo Street Academy, a year-round high school for students whose extra-curricular passions take them out of a regular school setting, KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

Ski Utah

The Utah Ski and Snowboard industry set a new record this past winter.

Today on the Local News Hour with Leslie Thatcher:

An opportunity to provide comment on a proposal to capture and collar mountain goats in three wilderness areas on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is now available to the public.

The 30-day comment period started Wednesday and will run through June 23rd.  The proposal, submitted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to the Forest Service, includes landing helicopters in the Twin Peaks, Lone Peak and Mount Timpanogos wilderness areas to capture and collar the animals, allowing DWR personnel to take biological samples and track goat movement.

The namesake of Jan’s – a local sporting goods store as well as Jan’s Winter Welcome - passed away Monday. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has this retrospect of a man who quietly changed lives, developed champions and made friends with everyone.

With fireworks season still to come, a large fireworks display caught residents – and their dogs - by surprise Tuesday night.  KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has the story.

The superintendent of Park City Schools has posted a letter on the school district’s website publicly apologizing for what she described as her inadequately worded and poor timing of her email that was sent to parents on May 2nd. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more…

Scroll down to read the entire letter here.

A threat made back in October against Park City High School staff has parents today worried and now questioning why they're hearing about this seven months later. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports.

State Rep. Kraig Powell – one of two republicans in a primary for State house Seat 54 announced yesterday ( Wednesday) on Facebook that he is dropping out from the race. In a short statement, Powell  wrote, "To spare our wonderful community from the divisiveness of what could be a very contentious campaign, I have withdrawn from my House race," He went on to wish the remaining candidates the best of luck in the upcoming election.

The remaining candidates are republican newcomer Tim Quinn and the former chairman of the Wasatch County Democratic Party Rudy Kohler.

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