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

As long as anyone can remember, the superintendent of Park City schools has come into or called  the KPCW studios the day before each board of education meeting or work session. These bi-monthly interviews have given community listeners a heads up about what their elected board members planned to discuss or vote on at their meetings. However, that tradition has ended – at least for this school year. Leslie Thatcher reports.

On today’s program we visit with  National Public Radio President and CEO,  Jarl Mohn,  Summit County Council member Kim Carson has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Communications Manager Eli Davis has details about the final round of the 2018 Scott Enduro Cup coming to Deer Valley this weekend and Tollgate Canyon Homeowners Association President Tony Tyler talks about what they learned from the fire and how to be better prepared in the future.

Local News Hour - August 22, 2018

Aug 22, 2018

On today’s program Park City Superintendent of Schools Jill Gildea talks about the opening of school on Thursday and what’s ahead now that a contract for master-planning has been approved. Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson and Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter talk about the Dark Web and how parents can learn more about how to keep their children safe and  Deer Valley Chief Operating Officer Bob Wheaton talks about the transition to his new role as Senior Strategic Advisor as of January 2019.

State Division of Aging and Adult Services

 Utah Centenarians - those who are 100 years and older - will be honored by Governor Gary Herbert on Thursday. Two of them hail from the Park City area. Leslie Thatcher has more. Utah currently has 176 centenarians – about half of them are expected to attend Thursday’s luncheon.

Local News Hour - August 21, 2018

Aug 21, 2018

On today’s program, Summit County manager Tom Fisher discusses the agenda for Wednesday's county council meeting, including a site visit to the Commons at Newpark as the council considers the appeal of the condominium project. Park City Planning Director Bruce Erickson has a preview of Wednesday's planning commission meeting and Park City Senior Transportation Manager Julia Collins and McPolin Elementary Principal Bob Edmiston have details on next week’s Bike to School and Work Day, August 31st.

Local News Hour - August 20, 2018

Aug 20, 2018

On today’s program, the President of Snowsports Industries of America Nick Sargent talks about his upcoming testimony in Washington DC next week against the Chinese tariffs put into effect by the Trump Administration July 10th. Peace House Education Specialist Duane Domino is one of the Organizers of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. He also has details about a new program called Coaching Boys into Men that he offers in Summit and Wasatch County schools and Snyderville Basin Recreation Director Brian Hanton has an update on some upcoming programs and others that are ending.  

On today’s program, Charlie Sturgis has this week’s Mountain Trails Report. Summit County Public Works Director Derek Radke has an update on the Kilby Road improvements. Some extensive changes are happening in the next week, including the start of school. Park City Council Member Tim Henney has a recap of last night's meeting. Leadership Park City Founder Myles Rademan with details on how to apply – and why you should apply – to be a part of Leadership Class 25.

On today’s program, the former CEO of the National Ability Center Gail Barille and Interim CEO Kevin Stickleman talk about the change in leadership. Olympian and Founder of Picabo Street Academy, Picabo Street, discusses the program her academy offers for students needing a nontraditional education schedule. Summit County Health Dept.

On today’s program, Heber City Manager Matt Brower talks about his move to Utah to take the new Heber City Manager position. Assistant Park City Manager Matt Dias has a preview of the agenda for Thursday's city council meeting. Park City High School Principal Roger Arbabi talks about priorities for the start of the school year and the outcomes of the team retreat he attended in Midway last week. And KPCW General Manager Renai Bodley invites the community to Friday's Back Alley Bash and has details about next week's summer pledge drive.

Local News Hour - August 14, 2018

Aug 15, 2018

On the Local News Hour, Heber City Mayor Kelleen Potter talks about the HLP board meeting. Utah United Party Candidate Eric Eliason talks about his campaign and whether he will be included in the statewide debate October 17.  Summit County Fair Director Travis English with a recap of this year’s county fair and county historian Navee Vernon talks about the Ledges, Coalville’s little know historic site.