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.”

Recent Articles
  • Jeremy Johnson speaks to reporters outside federal court after a jury delivered a split verdict in his fraud trial in March. (Photo via Ben Winslow)

    Swallow scandal figure Jeremy Johnson sentenced in fraud case

    SALT LAKE CITY — The man at the center of the biggest political scandal in Utah history has been sentenced to federal prison in connection with a white collar fraud scheme. Jeremy Johnson was sentenced Friday to 11 years in federal prison. He said nothing as the judge imposed sentence. “Honestly, your self-importance, it seems to me… is at the root of this scheme,” U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer told him. Outside of court, Johnson’s defense attorney, Mary Corporon, said […]

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    Utah asks judge to dismiss lawsuit by man who wants to marry his computer

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a man who is seeking the right to marry his computer. In an apparent protest over same-sex marriage, Chris Sevier filed a lawsuit against the Utah County Clerk, Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes for not granting him a license to marry his laptop. News reports show Sevier, a disbarred attorney, has tried similar lawsuits in other states. […]

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    Firefighters union, LGBT group join in fight over DEA access to Utah’s prescription drug database

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group of firefighters, lawyers and gay rights activists are teaming up to fight the Drug Enforcement Administration over its demand to have access to Utah’s prescription drug database. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah — representing a Salt Lake County firefighter’s union, the LGBTQ rights group Equality Utah, and unnamed attorneys who use prescription drugs — filed a motion to intervene in the dispute between the DEA and the Utah Department of Commerce. The […]

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Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, right, facing public corruption charges, appears in Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills courtroom alongside his attorney Richard Van Wagoner in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, for a pre-trial hearing.

    Judge dismisses criminal case against former Utah AG Mark Shurtleff

    SALT LAKE CITY — The criminal case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is officially over. A judge in 3rd District Court officially dismissed the case Wednesday night, granting a prosecution motion to drop all charges against Shurtleff. In her order, the judge cited an “ongoing cooperation” agreement, concerns about violating Shurtleff’s right to a speedy trial and prosecution accusations that evidence from the federal government would not be provided. In a statement to FOX 13, Shurtleff was thrilled […]

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    Judge considering lawsuit against Utah over your right to a lawyer

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is considering whether to toss a lawsuit that accuses the state of Utah of violating people’s Sixth Amendment right to a lawyer. It’s an issue that affects tens of thousands of people who go through the court system every year, with lawyers complaining that the public defense system for those too poor to hire their own counsel being put at a severe disadvantage and deprived of rights. Ogden attorney Michael Studebaker argued that […]

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    Bernie Sanders will meet with Utah delegation at the DNC

    PHILADELPHIA — Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders will meet with Utah’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention. The Utah Democratic Party said Sanders will appear with Martin O’Malley, another one-time presidential candidate, at a breakfast meeting on Thursday. Utah’s delegation will share the meeting with Idaho, Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, and West Virginia. Sanders has urged his followers to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The senator won Utah’s Democratic Caucus with an overwhelming amount of support and a majority […]

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    Court won’t bounce judge over accusations he’s ‘biased, senile and Mormon’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal court has rejected arguments that a judge should be removed from a case over accusations he is “biased, senile and Mormon.” Lawyers for the Ute Tribe, suing the state of Utah over tribal boundary issues, sought to have U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins recused from hearing the case by claiming the 89-year-old judge’s “memory and ability to analyze legal issues appears to be decreasing.” The tribe also claimed Judge Jenkins’ membership in The […]

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    Despite LDS Church silence, DABC gives restaurant a beer license

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has approved a beer license for a St. George restaurant after months of controversy surrounding whether the LDS Church can remain silent on liquor license applications. The commission reversed itself after rejecting La Frontera’s application in June, when commissioners deadlocked along drinking lines. At that meeting, two of the known drinkers on the DABC commission voted for it, two of the non-drinkers voted against it. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, […]

  • Senate Minority Whip Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, speaks to the DABC Commission on Tuesday, July 26. (Image by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Lawmaker says she wants Utah liquor stores treated more like a business

    SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker leveled more criticism against Utah’s alcohol control authority, but pledged to give the agency more tools to run its liquor stores like a business. “We need financial maturity here. We need to grow up! You have a retail store. We need to give you the tools to run it,” Senate Minority Whip Karen Mayne told the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission on Tuesday. Sen. Mayne, D-West Valley City, appeared at Tuesday’s […]

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    Police body cam video helps overturn a woman’s conviction

    SALT LAKE CITY — Body camera footage that wasn’t provided to the defense during a theft trial has led to a woman’s conviction being overturned. The Utah Court of Appeals noted that the video itself contradicted the testimony of the officer who arrested a store clerk on suspicion of stealing a purse. In a ruling last week, the state appellate court overturned the jury verdict that convicted Dawn Draper-Roberts and ordered a new trial. Draper-Roberts found a purse in the craft […]

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    LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson subpoenaed for deposition in sex abuse lawsuits

    SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys have subpoenaed Thomas S. Monson, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to give a deposition in a series of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of Navajo children who participated in a church-run placement program. Lawyers representing four people who claim to have been sexually abused while participating in the LDS Church’s “Lamanite Placement Program” or “Indian Student Placement Program” in the 1960s and 1970s issued a deposition subpoena to the church […]

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    Some Tooele fire victims have lost everything and have no insurance

    TOOELE — Albert Arellano sifted through the ashes of what’s left of his home and plucked out a metal sign that reads “spirit” and “faith.” “We have another discovery from the fire. We haven’t lost our spirit or our faith,” his wife, Sandra Martinez, said. The couple lost everything they owned in the massive fire that destroyed 10 homes and damaged eight others here. On Thursday, they returned to go through what’s left in hopes of finding mementos and heirlooms. “Everything is […]


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