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, 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. President of PCHS Booster Club Kayla Pelegrin provides an update on their progress over...

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...

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On this week's edition of UTAH POLITICS NOW, hosts Leslie Thatcher and Renai Bodley quiz the candidates- who looking to replace long-time representative Mel Brown - Cole Capener (D) and Logan Wilde (R) on a variety of issues. Click here for Cole Capener's election website. Click here for Logan Wilde's election website.

Local News Hour - October 4, 2016

Oct 4, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks with Cheryl Fox - director of Summit Land Conservancy to talk about open space issues . Summit County Economic Development Manager Jeff Jones and Sustainability Manager Lisa Yoder are in to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting including the first report from the consultant hired to look at the Cline Dahle parcel and Summit County Council members Kim Carson and Roger Armstrong are both running unopposed on the November 8 th...

On the program today, Leslie talks with Wendy Fisher, the director of Utah Open Lands about the annual Hi-Ute pancake breakfast and an update on other open space projects. Second guest is Lily Nakai talking about her book and the upcoming luncheon. Then, Director Jane Patten and Communications and Development Director Ann Johnson with Peace House talk about events scheduled during October.

The Local News Hour - September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Lora Smith who has with this week's Mountain Trails Report. Brenda Burke is the executive director of the University of Utah’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid – she has details about the recent changes to FAFSA (Free Application For Student Aid) and how it will make it easier for you and your students. Park City Trails Coordinator Heinrich Deters gives us an update on the city’s walkability progress about City Trail Report and...

Local News Hour - September 29, 2016

Sep 29, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong about yesterday's meeting, including the discussion on the Canyons workforce housing plan. Tony Kohler, Heber City Planning Director discussed the October 12 th public hearing on Form Base Code. South Summit School Superintendent Shad Sorenson tells us about the school district's efforts to develop a master plan and the director Rob Harter Director and Pete Stoughton, Director of Programs for the...

Local News Hour - September 28, 2016

Sep 28, 2016

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Bea Peck about the projects discussed at last night’s meeting including Discovery CORE and Basin View Residences. MeriAnn Boxall is a Park City Police Officer’s wife and organizer of the 2 nd annual Paint the Town Blue event taking place on Saturday. Katy Wang with the Park city Film Series and James Harvey, the director of the National Superintendents Roundtable talk about the free screening of the...

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KPCW debuted a new public affairs show, Utah Politics Now last Thursday. The guests of the first show, which will air through November 10th, were the candidates for Utah House District 54, Republic Tim Quinn and Democrat Rudi Kohler.

On today’s program, Host Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County manager Tom Fisher to discuss the agenda for Wednesday's meeting which includes a review of the Canyons employee housing need analysis. Fisher also has news about Thursday’s Fair Open House and plans for the Cline Dahle parcel in lower Jeremy. Park City planning director Bruce Erickson and Community Development Director Anne Laurent review Wednesday’s planning commission agenda with a number of proposed Land Management Code...

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