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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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:

Local News Hour - October 18, 2016

Oct 18, 2016

On today’s program Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County manager Tom Fisher to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's meeting. Beth Armstrong and  Evelyn Servantes  talk about a new series for Mothers & Daughters called Linking Lives that starts next Thursday. Recycle Utah director Insa Riepen with a monthly update and Park City planning director Bruce Erickson has details about tonight's Board of Adjustment meeting on the Kimball Garage appeal.

Local News Hour - October 17, 2016

Oct 17, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City Public Works Director Blake Fonnesbeck to talk about the delay in implementing the downtown parking plan till next spring. Park City School Superintendent Ember Conley is in studio to talk about tomorrow's school board meeting at 4 pm. Basin Recreation District Director Brian Hanton has this month’s update with a monthly update and Robin Marrouche from Kimball Art Center and filmmaker Thomas Morgan are into talk about his new film A Moving Feast and Marrouche’s recent visit to the refugee camp where it was filmed.

On today’s program, it’s the Friday Mountain Trails Report with Lora Smith. Park City Film Series Director Katy Wang previews this weekend's screening as well as some of their upcoming events and new membership efforts. Park City Municipal sustainability Director Luke Cartin and Bina Skordas talk more about the City’s commitment to the Pro Snow initiative and finally a conversation with Guitarist  Ottmar Liebert – who is performing with his band Luna Negra at the Egyptian Theater tonight and tomorrow.

On today's Utah Politics Now, co-hosts Leslie Thatcher talk to the Park City School Board candidates for District 2, Andrew Caplan and Peter Yogman.  They address issues such as school start times, teacher salaries and drug testing in schools.  Then Mark Thomas, Dhief Deputy and Director of Elections for the Utah Lieutenant Governor's office, joins us on the phone to talk about vote-by-mail, the importance of mailing your ballot on time to be counted, and how to protect yourself from voter fraud. 

Local News Hour - October 13, 2016

Oct 13, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Summit County Council member Chris Robinson about the appeal made by Sun Peak homeowners and the berm built near their back yards. Park City Planning Commission Chairman Adam Strachan has a recap of Wednesday's meeting – that once again looked at Treasure.

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