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
  • Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (center) leaves court on Monday. (Photo by Ben Winslow)

    Shurtleff asks judge to toss criminal case against him

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is urging a judge to toss the corruption case against him, accusing investigators and prosecutors of withholding evidence and letting his case languish in the court system for years. In a motion filed Friday night, Shurtleff’s lawyers asked for a dismissal. Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, who is prosecuting the case, quickly asked a judge to schedule a hearing before making any decision. The case has dragged on in the […]

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    LDS Church files new restraining order request in sex abuse cases

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed an amended restraining order in a series of lawsuits alleging sex abuse in a church-run program involving Navajo children. In court documents filed in federal court on Friday, the LDS Church sought a new restraining order to block the Navajo Nation Tribal Courts from hearing lawsuits filed by four people who claim they were sexually abused in the 1960s and 1970s. The church argues that Utah […]

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    Herbert, Johnson go one-on-one with FOX 13

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert and his election challenger, Jonathan Johnson, are racing across the state to answer questions, shake hands and pose for pictures with voters, hoping to earn their ballot in Tuesday’s primary election. Herbert would not agree to a televised debate with Johnson leading up to the primary, but both candidates agreed to sit down with FOX 13 one-on-one to outline their policy positions and goals, if they were to be elected. The two outlined […]

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    Feds charge Utah militia man with plotting to blow up federal building

    SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors have charged a Stockton man, accused of plotting to blow up a federal building in northern Arizona. William Keebler, 57, was charged Wednesday with one count of attempted damage to federal property by means of fire and explosives. He is the self-described leader of the “Patriot’s Defense Force Militia.” Federal prosecutors accuse him of putting an explosive device at a Bureau of Land Management building in Mt. Trumbull, Ariz. Keebler was present with Cliven Bundy […]

  • Republican candidate for Utah governor Jonathan Johnson and his Lt. Governor candidate, Robyn Bagley, hold a news conference on Thursday. (Image by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Jonathan Johnson unveils 100 day plan ahead of primary election

    SALT LAKE CITY — With days to go until Tuesday’s primary election, Republican candidate for governor Jonathan Johnson unveiled an ambitious list of things he’d accomplish if he’s elected governor in November. Johnson held a news conference Thursday at the Capitol, where he criticized Governor Gary Herbert for refusing to debate him on television. He then laid out his goals, if he were to win the primary and then the general election. Johnson said if elected governor, in the first […]

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    Advocates for the homeless say SLC’s Rio Grande district ‘more unsafe than it’s ever been’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The situation surrounding the homeless shelters in downtown Salt Lake City is nearing a crisis. Homeless advocates told a state commission Wednesday that drugs, crime and safety issues are the worst they’ve been in decades. The words from homeless advocates and those who help the poor put a sense of urgency to the need to fix the problems in the Rio Grande area and put more shelters in the city. “It is more unsafe than it’s […]

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    Lawsuit over Alta snowboarding ban rejected again

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal lawsuit challenging Alta Ski Area’s historic ban on snowboarding has been rejected again. In a one-page order, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver refused to re-hear the lawsuit filed by the group Wasatch Equality. The court previously ruled against the group, which was suing the ski resort and the U.S. Forest Service over the snowboarding ban. Wasatch Equality has claimed that denying snowboarders access to the slopes of Alta Ski Area […]

  • A photograph inside the empty courtroom 201 in the Arapahoe County Justice Center, Colorado, where James Holmes will face over 160 charges after the mass shooting in July, 2012 at a movie theatre in Aurora. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. 12 people were killed and 58 others injured.

    ACLU files class action lawsuit against Utah over your right to a lawyer

    SALT LAKE CITY — A class action lawsuit has been leveled against Utah, accusing the state of not doing enough to provide people with attorneys who cannot afford them in court. Six men are suing the state for failing to provide them with adequate legal representation, assisted by the ACLU of Utah and the firm Holland & Hart. Under the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, you have a right to a lawyer if you cannot afford one. One of […]

  • FLDS bishop Lyle Jeffs leaves federal court on Thursday after being released from jail. (Image by Mike Reidel, FOX 13 News)

    FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs has escaped custody

    SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs has escaped custody, federal authorities confirmed to FOX 13. A warrant was been issued for the Fundamentalist LDS Church leader’s arrest, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah said Monday. Jeffs was released from jail on June 9 while he was awaiting trial on food stamp fraud and money laundering charges. His lawyers successfully argued that with a delay in his trial sought by federal prosecutors, he should be released. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah […]

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    FBI issues wanted poster for FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs, considered ‘armed and dangerous’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI said it has received a “handful” of tips on the whereabouts of Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs, who escaped from home confinement over the weekend. On Tuesday, the FBI issued a wanted poster for Jeffs and said it is possible the FLDS bishop has fled to Canada or Mexico. The FBI said he has access to various modes of transportation, including airplanes and boats. The FBI said Jeffs is known to carry weapons […]

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    U.S. Supreme Court rules 5-3 in Utah drug search case

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court sided with the state of Utah on drug search case that has implications for the public on what can and cannot be used against you in court. In Utah v. Strieff, the nation’s top court ruled 5-3 on the Fourth Amendment search case. In 2006, South Salt Lake police got an anonymous tip alleging drugs were sold out of a home. A detective who was watching the home stopped Edward Strieff, Jr. to question him. During […]

  • FLDS bishop Lyle Jeffs leaves federal court on Thursday after being released from jail. (Image by Mike Reidel, FOX 13 News)

    FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs wants church services brought to him in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs is asking a federal judge to modify the conditions of his release, allowing him to do some work from his home confinement in Salt Lake County, as well as have church services brought up from the Fundamentalist LDS Church headquarters of Hildale and Colorado City. “Due to the extensive publicity surrounding this case in the Salt Lake City area, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for Mr. Jeffs to obtain […]


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