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.

Ways to Connect

On today’s program, Clay Karz has this week’s Mountain Trails Report. Summit County Council member Glenn Wright and Park City Mayor Andy Beerman talk about their impressions so far from the Road Tour in Bozeman, Montana. Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt has an update on development projects throughout the county. Artique Owner Katie Stellpflug and Artist Carole Duh have details on the annual Knit Pumpkin Patch tonight and Park City Singer Renee Mox Hall and Musical Director Joe Demers have details on Sunday’s Welcome BBQ and the recruitment for new singers.

On today’s program, Summit County Lieutenant Justin Hemingway and Park City School District Associate Superintendent of Wellness Ben Belnap talk about Front Line, Blue Line – an event taking place on September 10th at PCHS. This is an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to keep kids safe , identify risky behaviors and what to do about it.

On today’s program, Summit County Finance Officer Matt Leavitt previews the upcoming budget process. Summit County Mental Wellness Alliance Member Sally Jablon and Leif Oldert, an Advisor from Clubhouse International,  have an update on the Clubhouse concept and the need for volunteers to move this forward. Park City Christian Center's Latino Outreach Coordinator Max Ventura has details about Saturday's Hike for Hunger and Ray Freer and Joe Cronley have details on Saturday's Alzheimer’s Wasatch Back walk.

Local News Hour - September 4, 2018

Sep 4, 2018

On today’s program, Summit Land Conservancy Director Cheryl Fox has an update on the effort to buy the Osguthorpe Ranch.  Park City Leadership Class 24 members David Greenholtz and Sheri Fisher talk about their class project - food waste.

On today’s program, Moab Police Chief Jim Winder and Moab Multicultural Center Executive Director Rhiana Medina to talk about last week’s ICE raid that divided Moab's community and what lessons Park City can learn. Park City Council member Tim Henney has a recap of last night's council meeting and Singer, Songwriter and Actor Charles Esten will be joining Chris Cormack for the Nashville Café show on Sunday night - the final show of the Park City Institute's Big Stars Bright Nights summer concert series. 

On today’s program, Utah State Park Naturalist Kathy Donnell has an update on what’s going on at our local state parks. Summit County Council member Chris Robinson has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Utah Department of Transportation Public Information Officer John Gleason talks about the proposed Silver Creek Truck stop/chain up area and the progress of the wildlife bridge at Parley's Summit on Interstate 80 and Park City Special Events Director Jenny Diersen has details on Miners Day weekend, including downtown parking.

Local News Hour - August 29, 2018

Aug 29, 2018

On today’s program, Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Malena Stevens has a recap from Tuesday’s meeting. Assistant Park City Manager Matt Dias and Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts have a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. National Weather Service Hydrologist Brian McInerney has details about this winter's long range forecast and a look at the predictions from the Farmer’s Almanac that were released this week.

On today’s program, Assistant Summit County manager Janna Young discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting. U.S. Congressional District 1 Green Party Candidate, Adam Davis talks about his campaign platform. Park City resident, singer and vocal teacher, Debra Cook talks about the opening of her New York off-Broadway musical, Jilted to Perfection: A MorMom’s Love.

On today’s program, Summit County planner Amir Caus and President of the Board of the Children’s Justice Center Rebecca Ross have details about Tuesday’s Snyderville Basin planning commission agenda, including the plans for a stand-alone building for the Justice Center. Hoytsville Resident Bill Wilde talks about the feasibility study for a Hoytsville town and the question on the ballot this November.

Local News Hour - August 24, 2018

Aug 24, 2018

Leslie Thatcher speaks to Park City Rotary Club's Professional Citizen of the Year Charlie Sturgis and Volunteer Citizen of the Year Craig Cooper. United States Congressional District 1 Democratic candidate Lee Castillo talks about his campaign against Republican incumbent Rob Bishop. Vanessa DiPalma Wright and Cindy Levine have details about Femme and Fierce - a pop up fashion activism party to support the Surefire Girls organization and Park City Friends of Library Co-Presidents Marlene Peacock and Jean Daly have details on next week's Used Book Sale.