Ben Winslow is a multi-platform journalist for Fox 13 News, experimenting with new technologies and ways of sharing news across multiple platforms.

He covers a wide variety of topics ranging from politics to polygamy, courts and city hall, and is known for “live-tweeting” news events. He has covered some of Utah’s biggest stories over a nearly 20-year career in news working in newspaper, radio, digital and now television.

Winslow has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow award, the Religion Newswriter’s Association’s local TV news report of the year, numerous Utah Broadcaster’s Association awards, local awards by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also been recognized by Salt Lake City Weekly, QSalt Lake and in the online “Chappy Awards.”

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    The men on Utah’s death row and how they want to die

    SALT LAKE CITY — Nine men are on Utah’s death row awaiting execution. There is no timetable for when each one will be put to death, because each has a series of appeals in the works. Three of them have elected to die by firing squad, grandfathered in before it was done away with as a primary method of execution. RELATED: Bill seeks to end the death penalty in Utah Last year, the Utah State Legislature passed by a bill […]

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    Bill could repeal the death penalty in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — The debate over the death penalty has returned to the Utah State Legislature. One lawmaker is running a bill to add to the list of potential capital punishments, another is drafting legislation to repeal the death penalty in Utah altogether. “Death penalty just doesn’t make sense. We’ve criminally punished for one of two reasons. One is retribution, the other is deterrence,” Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, said in a recent interview with FOX 13. Urquhart is […]

  • Three million gallons of heavy metal filled with wastewater spilled into the Animas River in southern Colorado beginning August 5, 2015, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Levels of lead in at least one water sample tested 12,000 times higher than normal. So far, the spill has affected three states: Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
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    Utah plans to sue EPA over Animas River spill

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office said Friday it planned to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over last year’s Gold King Mine spill in Colorado’s Animas River that made its way into Utah. In a statement, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said the EPA failed to share recent test results of elevated metals in the San Juan River. He said they would press forward with a lawsuit, but hoped for a settlement. “After the […]

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    Hate crimes bill clears big hurdle in Utah legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that toughens Utah’s hate crimes law has cleared a major hurdle in the Utah State Legislature, passing 5-1 in a Senate committee. Senate Bill 107, sponsored by Sen. Steve Urquhart, R-St. George, passed after an hour of passionate testimony from people on both sides of the debate. “This is the great debate of America,” Urquhart told the committee on Thursday. “It’s over equality.” Supporters of SB107 claim current Utah law actually doesn’t spell out […]

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    Lawmaker won’t crack down on ‘Doxxing’ in bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that aims to crack down on cyber crimes has been scaled back over concerns by it’s sponsor that it infringes on free speech rights. Rep. David Lifferth, R-Eagle Mountain, announced Thursday that he gutted part of his own bill, HB225, because of concerns that it went too far in cracking down on speech online. Specifically, Rep. Lifferth removed a portion of the bill that cracked down on “Doxxing,” which is posting personal information (like […]

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    House committee kills bill that would make diapers, tampons tax-exempt

    SALT LAKE CITY — A House committee has killed a bill that would have made diapers, tampons and other hygiene products exempt from state sales tax. Rep. Susan Duckworth, D-Magna, said HB202 would have saved consumers on average $50 per year in taxes. She argued that it would have helped low-income women, the elderly and working families. The bill was defeated by a 3-8 vote in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee (the committee was all-male, Democrats noted). Duckworth said […]

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    Feds raid Utah polygamous family’s businesses

    SOUTH SALT LAKE — Federal agents raided numerous businesses tied to the Kingston polygamous group, seizing boxes of financial records. Sources tell FOX 13 the investigation is targeting the group’s vast business interests. Agents with the Internal Revenue Service served warrants on businesses across the Wasatch Front, as well as a home, seizing records. “We basically have a couple of enforcement operations ongoing at the moment,” said Nakia McCloud, an IRS Special Agent told reporters. “Due to this being a […]

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    Resolution encourages Utah to host Olympics again

    SALT LAKE CITY — A resolution in the Utah State Legislature declares that the state is “ready, willing and able” to host another Olympics. Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Stuart Adams, R-Layton, declares that the 2002 Winter Olympics were so successful that Utah could host another one. “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, should our great state have the opportunity to be selected to represent the United States of America to bid on a future Olympic Winter […]

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    Bill would end vehicle safety inspections in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would end vehicle safety inspections in the state. Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, introduced House Bill 319 on Tuesday, which would do away with safety inspections. In an interview with FOX 13, Thurston claimed the inspections cost consumers as much as $40 million — with no proof they actually keep anyone safe. “We’ve been looking for over a year now to try to find evidence as to whether […]

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    Former judge asks Obama to commute Utah rap producer’s sentence for marijuana

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a letter to president Obama, a former federal judge is asking for the sentence of a Utah rap producer to be commuted, calling the sentence he imposed “cruel, unjust and irrational.” Paul Cassell, now a University of Utah law professor, is the one who sentenced Weldon Angelos to 55 years in federal prison for selling marijuana (with a weapons offense tacked on). The case is one of the reasons Cassell resigned from the federal bench, he […]

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    LDS Church stance on medical marijuana ‘makes it more difficult’ to pass, Senate President says

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ position on one of the medical marijuana bills being considered by the Utah State Legislature certainly puts it in a difficult spot. “Well it makes it more difficult,” Senate President Wayne Niederhauser told reporters on Monday. “I don’t know if I would characterize it as dead on arrival.” Over the weekend, the LDS Church said it opposed Sen. Mark Madsen’s SB73, which would allow for so-called “whole plant” […]

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    Bill seeks to tear down ‘Zion Curtains’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature seeks to tear down the so-called “Zion Curtains” in Utah restaurants. Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, filed Senate Bill 141 on Monday. It would eliminate the walls entirely from restaurants. “Zion Curtains,” the nickname given to the 7-foot walls that keep you from seeing drinks being made, were put in place as part of a compromise on liquor legislation in years past. Supporters argue they prevent children […]


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