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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    Audit hits Utah League of Cities and Towns executives for spending on travel, liquor and intimate apparel

    SALT LAKE CITY — Another blistering audit by the Utah State Auditor has been released, this time leveling accusations of misspending at the Utah League of Cities and Towns. The audit has already led to the resignation of ULCT Executive Director Ken Bullock at the end of a closed-door board meeting on Wednesday, and Utah State Auditor John Dougall has recommended a criminal investigation into spending by the former director of administrative services. “The league is primarily taxpayer funded, but […]

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    Improper bonuses, trips and porn found in audit of Unified Fire Authority

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of audits of the Unified Fire Authority and its service area claim to have found misuse of public funds, improper trips and even pornography on taxpayer-purchased computers. The Utah State Auditor is suggesting prosecutors conduct a criminal investigation. The audits, released Wednesday afternoon, accused former Unified Fire Authority Chief Michael Jensen (now a sitting Salt Lake County Councilman), former deputy chief Gaylord Scott and a former clerk of receiving “illegal incentives.” The clerk received $22,000 over the course […]

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    Teen accused in girl’s murder to remain in detention while competency restored

    SALT LAKE CITY — A teenage boy accused of raping and killing 12-year-old Kailey Vijil will remain in juvenile detention while work is done to make him mentally competent to face trial. The boy — now 17 — appeared for a brief hearing Tuesday in 3rd District Juvenile Court. There, lawyers said they had come up with a plan of where to house him while therapists try to restore him to competency. “We have come up with a plan and […]

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    Utah AG Reyes to be FTC chair in Trump White House?

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is under consideration to be chair of the Federal Trade Commission, the Washington, D.C. newspaper Politico is reporting. Politico reported two of its sources with knowledge of the matter said President-elect Donald Trump was considering Reyes for the position. The FTC oversees business mergers and anti-trust practices. FOX 13 has confirmed Reyes will be in Washington, D.C. on Friday to attend the presidential inauguration. But a spokesman for the attorney general’s campaign […]

  • LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 02:  Hooters Girl Charmaine Fobbs carries drinks at the Hooters Restaurant during the grand opening of the Hooters Casino Hotel February 2, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The property, on the site of what used to be the Hotel San Remo, features 696 rooms, several bars and restaurants, including Dan Marino's Fine Food & Spirits, and 250 Hooters Girls working as cocktail servers, bartenders and dealers in the 30,000 square-foot casino and the Hooters Restaurant.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    Nearly two decades in conservative Utah, Hooters closes its doors

    SALT LAKE CITY — After opening nearly two decades ago to some controversy and a few raised eyebrows, the restaurant Hooters has apparently closed its doors in Midvale. Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control confirmed to FOX 13 the restaurant relinquished its liquor license, a sign that it has closed and not planning to reopen. DABC spokesman Terry Wood said Hooters had a full-service restaurant license, which allowed it to serve beer, wine and spirits as long as patrons also ordered food. […]

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    SLC mayor to participate in ‘Women’s March on Main’ protest

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski plans to participate in a demonstration geared toward opposing President-elect Donald Trump. The mayor’s office declined to comment Tuesday beyond confirming to FOX 13 her scheduled appearance at Saturday’s “Women’s March on Main” in Park City. The protest event coincides with marches taking place all over the nation to coincide with Trump’s inauguration, including the Women’s March on Washington. The Women’s March on Main is taking place during opening weekend of the Sundance […]

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    Death penalty bills to return to the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — Bills for and against the death penalty are expected to be debated in the 2017 session of the Utah State Legislature. Capital punishment bills are being considered on the 40th anniversary of Gary Gilmore’s execution. The Utah inmate was the first to be executed following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that reinstated the death penalty. Gilmore was executed by firing squad. Death penalty supporters and opponents are expected to be back on Utah’s Capitol Hill to argue […]

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    Battle begins over the ‘Internet Sales Tax’ bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Opponents of a bill that would have online retailers collect Utah sales tax on purchases made here are gearing up for another fight in the state legislature. At a pre-legislative session luncheon on Friday, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity outlined its opposition to what’s been nicknamed the “Internet Sales Tax bill.” It’s not a new tax (or even a tax on the Internet), but legislation that would set a mechanism to collect sales taxes already owed […]

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    LDS Church to send two apostles to Trump’s inauguration

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced it will send two of its top leaders to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. In a statement early Friday morning, the LDS Church announced that Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles would attend the event in Washington D.C., next week. The church said the presence of the apostles continues “a tradition, going back more […]

  • A small group of demonstrators outside the State Records Committee meeting on Jan. 12, 2017 urging release of video showing the shooting of Abdi Mohamed. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Video of Abdi Mohamed shooting ordered released

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Records Committee has ordered video that shows police officers shooting Abdi Mohamed made public. The unanimous vote by the committee came after a lengthy, sometimes tense meeting over a series of Salt Lake City police body cam and surveillance videos that show last year’s shooting and some of the events leading up to it. As the committee met, activists demonstrated outside demanding the video be released. “They’re very important for the public to […]

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    New ads target the LDS Church and its tax-exempt status

    UPDATE 1/12/17: Rights Equal Rights said Comcast has rejected the ad. Comcast told them the ad did not comply with its guidelines. The group claimed a small cable-TV provider based in Provo has agreed to run it. ORIGINAL STORY: SALT LAKE CITY — New ads airing on cable TV are targeting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attempting to build a big enough case to take to the IRS to revoke the faith’s tax-exempt status. Ironically, the ads ask for internal church […]

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    Roman pleads to 3 charges, faces trial in deputy’s murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused in the death of a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to three charges, but will go on trial later this month on eight others, including intentionally killing a law enforcement officer. Roberto Roman pleaded guilty to firearms and immigration violations during an appearance in U.S. District Court on Thursday. It happened a day after he was scheduled to plead. His attorney asked for a delay Wednesday, indicating to U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead that […]