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 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.

Local News Hour - October 12, 2016

Oct 12, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City School Board Member JJ Ehlers and Athletic Director Jamie Sheetz about the board looking into the possibility of drug testing students.=. Snyderville Planning Commission member Chuck Klingenstein discusses last night’s meeting. Summit County Health Dept. director RichBullough introduces his new Health Department PIO, Derek Siddoway and Main Street store representatives Vanessa Di Palma Wright from Farasha and Ingrid Hallberg from Burns Cowboy Shop have details about Fall into Fashion - happening tomorrow night.

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The Park City Board of Education will further discuss whether the district should implement drug testing for students. Leslie Thatcher has more.

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County manager Tom Fisher to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's meeting. Park City  Planning director Bruce Erickson on Wednesday’s  City Planning Commission meeting in which Treasure will be discussed. PC MARC Wellness Coordinator Dondee Sherer-Lykes has details about tomorrow's Free Lunch and Learn. Parents Shauna Wiest and Natalie Herron with Connect Summit County talk about CONNECT’s Parent Roundtable on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Park City Community Church.

Local News Hour - October 10, 2016

Oct 10, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County planner Amir Caus about tomorrow's Snyderville Basin planning commission agenda. Park City School District Superintendent Ember Conley has a preview of Tuesday’s school board work session, including a discussion about drug testing. Park City Education Foundation monthly update with Executive Director Abby McNulty and McPolin Instructional Coach Julie Hastings. They will talk about the new Dyslexia Initiative in the Park City School District.

Utah Politics Now - October 6, 2016

Oct 6, 2016

On the October 6, 2016 edition of “Utah Politics Now,”  co-hosts Leslie Thatcher and Renai Bodley talk to the Summit County Council Seat B candidates:  Democrat Doug Clyde and Republican Colin DeFord.    Topics include transportation, affordable housing, and the proposed east-side zoning changes. 

Click here for Doug Clyde's website.

Click here for Colin DeFord's website.

On today’s program, Utah State Park Naturalist Kathy Donnell has her monthly update of local state parks. Summit County Council member Kim Carson has  a recap of yesterday’s meeting. Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter has an update on student drug use , toxicology reports and progress on the investigation into the cause of deaths of Treasure Mountain 8th grade students, Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth.

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Tyler Rouser, the Administrative control board member and spokesman for North Summit Recreation District to talk about the ballot tax proposal and if approved, how the money will be spent. Assistant Park City Manager Matt Dias will be in to discuss the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting, including a look at the proposed Public Utilities Facility. David Hedderly-Smith from Sunrise Rotary will talk about Saturday's Hazardous Household Collection event.

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