Leslie Thatcher

News Director

Tough but fair, Leslie is the woman most of Park City wakes up with every weekday morning.  Leslie has been at KPCW since 1990 and her years at KPCW have 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.

The Park City Board of Realtors also honored Leslie with its 2018 Community Service Award for "asking the questions on everyone's mind."

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Deer Valley Resort

A summer strong hold in Park City has been live music – but due to COVID-19, large outdoor gatherings won’t be happening this year. Still, Mountain Town Music is busy working on plans to bring the music to the people.

Most summers, Mountain Town Music programs more than 300 musical acts during the summer months. While that won’t happen this year, Executive Director Brian Richards is hopeful that there will be music in the mountains. Situations like this he says require them to stay positive and think creatively.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. (05:45)

Executive  Director of  Mountain Town Music Brian Richards has a look ahead at how they’re planning for the summer concert season. (22:04)

Executive Director of Summit Land Conservancy Cheryl Fox has details on their virtual breakfast as well as open space issues (31:19) and Park City Library Director Adriane Juarez has details on the partial reopening of the county libraries using curbside pickup. (41:10)

Matt Davis

Back in March – when the country shut down due to the Coronavirus epidemic, a Boston photographer and her friend decided they wanted to highlight the faces of their community during a time when they couldn’t see them socially. Since then, hundreds of photographers across the country, have started their own Front Step projects. One of those is here in Park City.

Employment Attorney Mark Tolman (8:33) talks about employee rights now that businesses are re-opening. Co-Chairs of the May 7th Peace House Spring Luncheon Julie Joyce and Kate Margolis (24:17) have details about how to participate in this virtual fundraising lunch and Rob Harter, Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City (37:03) has details about the services his organization is offering during the COVID-19 crisis, including the re-opening of the donation center and thrift stores.


The COVID-19 pandemic closed down not only business, but also the ability to donate, food, books and household goods… As the gradual reopening of commerce begins in Summit County, opportunities to help those less fortunate will reopen as well. The first one is a food drive on Saturday.

Summit County Health Director Rich Bullough and Summit County Manager Tom Fisher have the latest on the new health order that went into effect as of midnight.(4:35)

Park City Councilmember Becca Gerber has a recap of last night's meeting ( 22:57) and Park City Rotary Club Member John Hanrahan and Pastor of St. Mary’s Church Christopher Gray have details on Saturday's food drive. (33.28)

Summit County Council Member Roger Armstrong has a recap of yesterdays’ meeting, where the council discussed the new health order on re-opening business. Former Park City Manager Diane Foster talks about her new role as the Assistant City Manager of Aspen, Colorado, and Photographer Matt Davis talks about his Front Steps Project - which has raised more than $11,000 for the Park City Community Foundation.

Lori Hampton

In just a week, more than 160 Park City High School seniors have been adopted. As KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher explains – they  haven’t been given up by their families – rather they’re being showered with good wishes from a caring community. 

Being part of the Class of 2020 has been tough. What was the promising start of a new decade for seniors, and new adventures as high school graduates, has instead meant - because of the COVID-19 pandemic - no senior prom, no senior ditch day and no pomp and circumstance…

Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects, including the Dakota Pacific project at Kimball Junction. Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting discussing how to make up next fiscal year's $8.6 million shortfall and Lori Hampton talks about a new Facebook page Adopt a Park City Senior 2020. 

Diane Foster

Former Park City Manager Diane Foster has been named as the new Assistant City Manager for Aspen. 

The announcement was made at Tuesday’s Aspen City Council meeting. Foster was let go by the Park City Council last October with the council saying they were moving in a new direction.

According to a press release from  Aspen,  Foster was chosen from 71 applicants and she comes to Aspen with over a decade of municipal leadership experience and expertise.

Summit County Manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. Architect and Project Manager for Park City School District Master Plan Scott Later talks about the master planning process and Swaner Nature Preserve Visitor Coordinator Hunter Klingensmith has details about a virtual screening of the film 2040 followed by a panel discussion April 30th.


The massive Dakota Pacific mixed use development will be back before the Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night when the commission will consider a revised plan that fits within the approved density.

Vail Resorts

In an effort to honor the loyalty of its pass holders – and perhaps stave off a class action lawsuit filed against them, Vail Resorts announced a comprehensive plan Monday morning to address pass holders’ concerns about last season’s early closures.

Sundance Institute

Without immunity or a vaccine and no knowledge if or when the coronavirus will be back with a vengeance this winter, planning for the future is difficult. Still, even with the future unknown, the Sundance Film Festival team says, for now, it’s planning for its 40th anniversay  live festival come January.

Sundance Institute Managing Director Betsy Wallace spent Friday morning on a conference call planning and budgeting for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival – which will celebrate the 40th anniversary.

Wallace says, at this point, it’s full speed ahead.

Wasatch County Manager Mike Davis has an update how Wasatch County is responding to the close of commerce – and how it plans to reopen the county. (0:30)

Executive Director of Park Silly Sunday Market, Kate McChesney explains their decision to cancel the 2020 market (15:58)

Executive Director of Christian Center of Park City, Rob Harter has the latest numbers about the services his organization is offering the community during the COVID-19 crisis. (23:57)