Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 23 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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The 2015 Utah Legislature session begins on Monday, January 26th and while revenues are looking strong going into the session, it just means more battles over where any additional money goes. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

The deadline for the Federal Government to give back the public lands that the state of Utah has claimed for itself has come and gone. Whether anything is done about that in the upcoming legislative session remains to be seen. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.


The U.S. Ski Team is mourning the loss of two promising development level ski racers killed in an avalanche in Soelden. The two were among a group of six athletes freeskiing at the Austrian resort. The other four skied out of the slide.
Killed in the avalanche were 20 year old Ronnie Berlack, of Franconia, New Hampshire and 19 year old Bryce Astle of Sandy Utah.

The winter edition of Park City Magazine is in hotel rooms and on magazine stands, featuring topics on yurts, ski bums and trains.  KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.

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Following last Friday's Board of Directors meeting, Vail Resorts announced Monday morning it will be spending more than $50 million at Park City Mountain Resort this upcoming year. Blaise Carrig, president of Vail Resorts Mountain Division, detailed the capital improvements in an interview with KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - the co-founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance talks to KPCW News Director Leslie Thatcher about his life-long goal to stop polluters. His efforts began when he was 8 and asked for a meeting with his uncle, President John F. Kennedy. This weekend's Celebrity Ski Fest at Deer Valley Resort will help the non-profit organization continue to enforce the country's pollution laws.  Here's the interview in its entirety.

The Wasatch County Council approved a proposed rezone of the 'North Fields' -- against the majority opinion of public input. Wasatch County Planning Director Doug Smith talke to KPCW's Leslie Thatcher Friday, November 21, about how and why that happened.

Summit County's new county manager has all of the qualities the county council was looking for - experience in county government, a background in transportation planning and a good fit for the community, KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.


After 12 years, Summit County has a new sheriff-elect - Justin Martinez . The No. 2 man in the current sheriff's administration was elected to office TUesday night. Leslie Thatcher has more.

The proposed $24 million bond for an aquatic center and recreation fields in Wasatch County went down in defeat. Leslie Thatcher reports.