Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning. Her 26 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.

In 2016, Leslie was honored as the Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year and served as Grand Marshall of the Miner Day parade.

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As the winds shifted Thursday, smoke from the Dollar Ridge Fire blew into Summit County – and the P-M 2-point-5 levels jumped sky high into the unhealthy category. While the numbers have dropped into good or moderate - they continue to fluctuate and caught the attention of the Summit County Health Dept. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant says the smoky skies came on quickly.

Local News Hour - July 6, 2018

Jul 6, 2018

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Charlie Sturgis with the Mountain Trails Report.  Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects throughout the county. Midway Mayor Celeste Johnson gives an update on her first six months in office. She talks about her priorities as mayor along with some of the important projects including the proposed high power line agreement.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to the new owner of the Park City Yoga Studio Robin Marrouche who has details about the grand opening this afternoon. Utah Office of Tourism Director Vicki Varela has details on Utah becoming the first state to receive three Michelin stars. Coalville Mayor Trevor Johnson and Council Member Tyler Rowser have details about the upcoming discussion on whether to implement a 1 % municipal transient room tax.

After seeing through a year-long process to strengthen the arts and culture county-wide, the executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council Hadley Dynak is leaving. 

Dynak has spent 2 years leading the local arts council. In an email sent to supporters of the organization, Dynak says she and her family have decided to return to the Bay Area where they lived prior to moving to Park City in 2013.

Local News Hour - July 3, 2018

Jul 3, 2018

ON today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Cheryl Fox, director of Summit Land Conservancy on open space issues. Oakley Mayor Wade Woolstenhulme talks about the Oakley rodeo and their efforts to improve the water system. Park City Water Quality Program Manager Michelle DeHaan and Public Utilities Director Clint McAfee talk about the Water Consumer Confidence Report sent out to residents last week and  Lorin Smaha, co-owner of  Freshies Lobster talks about defending their title as "World's Best Lobster Roll" in Maine later this week.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City Fire Chief Paul Hewitt who reviews the area fireworks restrictions and how to be fire safe in dangerous weather conditions. Summit County Health Department PIO Derek Siddoway talks about last week's Search and Rescue exercise. Director of the Park City Institute Teri Orr has details on tomorrow's first Big Stars Bright Night’s concert at Quinn's Junction and Park City Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen preview the upcoming holiday week.

Summit County, UT

The new 400 space parking lot at Ecker Hill is making good progress while improvements to the interstate exits leading to that lot won’t get started in earnest till next year. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Summit County Public Works Director Derek Radke has worked for more than a decade to get the improvements done at the Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch exits off Interstate 80. Meanwhile the Kilby Road improvements have been on the to-do list for less than a year.

Local News Hour - June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

On today’s program, the Mountain Trails Report with Charlie Sturgis. Walt Evans introduces the new Executive Director for Park City Ski and Snowboard, John Kanarowski. Summit County Public Works Director Derek Radke has details about the Park and Ride project on Kilby Road and Retired Park City Emergency Manager Hugh Daniels takes a look back at his long record of service for Park City and the emergency systems he’s help put into place.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council  Doug Clyde who has a recap of Wednesday's meeting and their vote in favor of both transit sales taxes. Park City Farmers Market Owner and Manager Volker Ritzinger has details about this year’s market – with a new location. Jojo Garza one of the Los Lonely Boys who opens up the Big Stars Bright Nights Concert Series at Quinn's Junction Monday talks about their brand of music and Snyderville Planning Commissioner Malena Stevens has a re-cap of Tuesday's meeting. 

Park City Ski and Snowboard

Park City Ski and Snowboard has a new Executive Director – after long time director Jesse Hunt left for a job on the national team this spring. KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher has more.

Park City resident John Kanarowski has been hired to serve as the new Executive Director. According to a letter sent out to the club’s membership, Board Chairman Brent Nixon wrote that Kanarowski  not only comes to PCSS with an impressive business resume, but he is well versed with the program, having family – two children, as well as  a niece and a nephew – already enrolled in the club’s programs.