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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On today’s program, Snyderville Planning vice-chairwoman Bea Peck recaps the highlights from yesterday’s meeting. Park City Manager Diane Foster and Assistant Manager Matt Dias preview the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including a possible contract with Downtowners which will provide free rides to transit stops with hopes of keeping you out of your car.

Leslie Thatcher

The Kimball Art Center Board of Directors has named Lindsie Smith as its new Executive Director, replacing Robin Marrouche who stepped down earlier this year. 

Lindsie Smith as most recently served as the Associate Director of Clark Planetarium where she managed the day to day operations, mentored staff and served as the organization’s spokesperson.  At the Kimball, she was hired to lead the organization as it continues to inspire and connect the Utah community through art. Her first day will be Monday, July 10, 2017.

Local News Hour - June 27, 2017

Jun 27, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Economic Development Director Jeff Jones and  Matt Leavitt, reviews the agenda, which includes the draft plans for the Cline Dahle parcel near Jeremy Ranch Elementary School. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson previews tomorrow's planning commission agenda. Becky Unker Utah State Board of Education coordinator of the special education co-teaching program has details on how the co-teaching program is working and Swaner EcoCenter Director Nell Larson details a number of upcoming summer opportunities.

Local News Hour - June 26, 2017

Jun 26, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County planners Ray Milliner and Amir Caus to talk about tomorrow's Snyderville Basin planning commission agenda. Deer Valley President and General Manager Bob Wheaton with a preview of the summer activities and concerns about concert security. We introduce you to the new EATS (Eat Awesome Things at School) Executive Director Janae Ridge who is joined by board member Courtney Caplan and Park City Emergency Manager Hugh Daniels and Chief Building Official David Thacker discuss this year’s Fireworks and Open fire ban.

The Utah Patients Coalition has launched its ballot initiative campaign to establish a medical cannabis program for patients in Utah. With enough signatures, the ballot could be placed on the 2018 ballot.

The proposed ballot initiative would allow patients to legally access medical cannabis with the recommendation of their doctor. In a prepared statement the Coalition says it represents a conservative approach to medical cannabis policy by prohibiting home cultivation and prohibiting smoking medical cannabis.

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Park City and Summit County rolled out six new zero-emission, battery electric busses Friday that will transport riders between the Kimball Junction and Park City transit centers in 20 minutes with just two stops. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher was there for the ribbon cutting of the Electric Xpress and has this report.

Local News Hour - June 23, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

On today’s program, we have the Mountain Trails Report with Bob Radke from Basin Rec. The Director of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Tom Adams discusses the new USARA - or Utah Search and Rescue Assistance card. Skullcandy CEO Jason Hodell tells us about the grand opening of the Worldwide Skullcandy Headquarters in the Boyer Tech Park. Kole Nordmann, UOP marketing manager has details on their Olympic Day this Sunday and the Owner of Floatingcampgrouds.org Derek Meyer talks about this unique way to enjoy the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Local News Hour - June 22, 2017

Jun 22, 2017

On today’s program, Summit County Council member Kim Carson recaps yesterday’s meeting. Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt and new Fire Marshall, Mike Owens, have details on a farewell for Assistant Chief Scott Adams next week and how fire season looks, and the possible restrictions on campfires, fireworks this summer. Park City Summit County Arts Council Director Hadley Dynak and artist Jan Massimino who has helped produce the Summit Arts Showcase.

Local News Hour - June 21, 2017

Jun 21, 2017

On today’s program, Todd Hauber and Andrew Caplan discuss Tuesday's school board meeting. Park City Transit Manager Blake Fonnesbeck and Summit County Transportation Director Caroline Rodriguez discuss the launch of the 1stphase of the Electric Xpress from the Kimball to Old Town Transit Center Friday, using Utah's first battery electric mass transit fleet.

Summit County was recently ranked as the number two small community in the country when it comes to arts vibrancy.

The 2017 Arts Vibrancy Index or AVI reported by Southern Methodist University aims to gauge the demand, supply and public support for the arts in more than 900 communities across the U.S. — divided into three categories dictated by population.

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