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.

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On today's Utah's Politics Now, Park City School Board candidates Petra Butler and Moe Hickey debate the issues surrounding local education.  Park City Assistant Manager Matt Dias explains why city council voted to put a $25M bond on the ballot which, if approved, would go towards the possible purchase of Bonanza Flats.  And finally, Dr. Peter Clemens, the democratic candidate for Utah District 1 explains why he would do a better job than incumbent Congressman Rob Bishop* (R) if elected.   *Congressman Bishop was invited to be on the show with Dr. Clemens, but he declined.  

Local News Hour - October 27, 2016

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On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong. Park CityPlanning Commissioner Steve Joyce talks last night’s meeting. Park City Community Foundation Programs Manager Ollie Wilder and Board member Mike Ruzek have details about next week's Live PC Give PC. In studio and Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation Director Colin Hilton has details on the annual Ski Archives fundraiser taking place November 1st.  

local News Hour - October 26, 2016

Oct 26, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Associate Superintendent of  Teaching, Learning and Technology, Kathleen Einhorn in to talk about the middle years curriculum committee. She gave a detailed presentation at last week’s school board meeting. Angela Moschetta of Future Park City and Sarah Scott of Voterise to talk about voter registration and tomorrow's candidate forum - in costumes. Ken Kullack - Ex. Director of Summit Community Gardens to talk about the success of this summer's garden and plans for next summer.

Local News Hour - October 25, 2016

Oct 25, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with  Summit County manager Tom Fisher to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's meeting. Park City planning Director Bruce Erickson is in to review tomorrow's planning commission agenda. Teri Orr - Park City Institute Director has details about Thursday's Tedx Women's event. Park City Film Series Director Katy Wang and Dr.

Local News Hour - October 24, 2016

Oct 24, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County planners Tiffany Robinson and Amir Caus who have details about tomorrow's Snyderville Basin planning commission agenda.  Rotarian Kim Kerr discusses the Sunrise Rotary grant program. Attorney Mark Wagner talks about his upcoming Chamber Bureau presentation on the new rule that affects overtime. Summit County Clerk Kent Jones reviews mail-in voting for the November election and Adventurer Luis Benitez talks  about his visit to Park City on Friday which is part of the Park City Board of Realtors Speaker Series.

Local News Hour - October 21, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School Board Member Tania Knauer about her appointment to Utah’s Planned Parenthood Board of Directors. Park City Council Member Andy Beerman has details from last night’s City Council meeting. Tom Kelly with the US Ski and Snowboard Association has a preview of this week’s opening of the Alpine World cup and return of Ted Ligety to the racing circuit and Katrina Kmak with the Park City Library has details on tonight’s 2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Slumber Party.

On the October 20th edition of Utah Politics Now, hosts Leslie Thatcher and Renai Bodley talk to the candidates for Summit County Council Seat E, Republican Tal Adair, who was appointed to the seat last year and is running to fill the remaining two years of the term, and Democrat Glenn Wright.  They answer questions about affordable housing, transportation and growth.  And then they answer listener's questions, including the final caller who challenged the candidates to list the names of the mayor's of the county's east side cities. 

Local News Hour - October 20, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Summit County Council member Claudia McMullin about some of the issues discussed at yesterday’s county council meeting. Planned Parenthood Association of Utah President Karrie Galloway talks about 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood and what’s expected after November’s election. Heidi Bruce is the Sundance Senior Manager for ticketing. She talks about the local packages that go on sale Oct. 25 and Emily Summers, Deer Valley Sr.

Local News Hour - October 19, 2016

Oct 19, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School Board member, Julie Eihausen and communications manager  Molley Miller who have update us on Tuesday’s board meeting.Park City Manager Diane Foster and Economic Development Director Jonathan Weidenhammer to discuss the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including the revised drawings for a new affordable housing project Woodside Park and Erin Bragg, Summit County Sustainability Specialist has details on the Home Energy Score assessments that will be made available  for 100 eligible homeowners.

Nearly 80 Summit County residents turned out for the  KPCW/Park Record Candidate Forum Monday night. Here are the segments in their entirety.

Utah House of Representatives House Districts 53 and 54:

Park City Board of Education:

Summit County Council:

$25 Million Open Space Bond presened by Assistant Park City Manager Matt Dias:

Summit County Transportation Sales Tax Measures presented by Becky Kearns: