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
  • Political leaders promise a new attack on crime in SLC’s troubled Rio Grande neighborhood

    SALT LAKE CITY — It a was a meeting involving some of the most powerful people in Utah about a problem surrounding some of the most vulnerable. Governor Gary Herbert, his Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, House Speaker Greg Hughes, Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, a number of others including a representative from the Utah National Guard met for two-and-a-half-hours behind closed doors at the […]

  • A massive new liquor store is opening in West Wendover

    WEST WENDOVER, Nevada — For this tiny town on the Utah-Nevada border, it’s a big new development. Lee’s Discount Liquor is planning to open a 25,000 square foot store here. It’s another siren song to lure Utahns who already venture across the border to gamble or take in a concert. “It will be the largest liquor store in northern Nevada,” West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona told FOX 13. Lee’s Discount Liquor is Nevada’s largest liquor store chain starting from a small […]

  • Medical marijuana ballot initiative would cost taxpayers $3 million

    SALT LAKE CITY — A ballot initiative for medical marijuana would cost Utah taxpayers about $3 million if it passes, according to a fiscal impact statement made public on Tuesday. The analysis by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget estimated the law would cost approximately $2.9 million ($1.8 million ongoing and $1.1 million one-time) — at least up front. “Fee collections would cover about $1,400,000 of ongoing costs. General state revenues would be required for remaining ongoing costs ($400,000) […]

  • Utah did $427 million in liquor sales last year

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah did more than $427 million in liquor sales last year, a $21 million increase over the year before. Officially, Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reported on Tuesday $427,264,990 in retail sales for fiscal year 2017. In fiscal year 2016, the DABC reported $405,911,383. When you look at bottle sales, the DABC reported selling more than 46 million in fiscal year 2017 compared to 44 million in 2016. On average, state-run liquor […]

  • Judge won’t block Warren Jeffs’ statements from his brother’s trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge will not block statements from polygamist leader Warren Jeffs from being used in his brother’s upcoming trial. However, the judge refused to grant a government request to allow out-of-court statements from the Fundamentalist LDS Church leader in the upcoming trial of Lyle Jeffs. “Having reviewed the parties’ arguments, it appears likely that certain statements from Warren Jeffs are relevant and will be admissible at trial. However, the Court is not in a position […]

  • Lt. Gov embarks on tour as part of initiative to build 25,000 jobs in rural Utah

    UTAH — In response to Governor Gary Herbert’s State of the State address, Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox is taking off on a jobs tour. The state is working with 25 counties to build 25,000 jobs in rural Utah. “I can say emphatically that the state of our state is truly exceptional,” Herbert stated during the State of the State address in January of this year. Lt. Gov. Cox agrees with that assessment. “It’s no secret that Utah’s economy is doing […]

  • San Juan Co. ordered to redraw boundaries in gerrymandering lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has ordered San Juan County to redraw political boundaries, following a lawsuit by the Navajo Nation alleging racial gerrymandering. In a ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby rejected proposed boundaries made by San Juan County for county commission and school board. “San Juan County’s remedial plans fail to pass constitutional muster. Specifically, the court concludes race was the predominant factor in the development of District 3 of the School Board plan and […]

  • Polygamous border towns accused of discrimination to appeal judge’s rulings

    SALT LAKE CITY — The border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have given notice they intend to appeal a judge’s rulings in a long-running discrimination case against them. Attorneys for the town governments filed a notice this week in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that they plan to go to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Hildale attorney Blake Hamilton told FOX 13 on Friday they did not disagree with all of the judge’s decisions, but […]

  • Judge may allow DEA to access Utah’s controlled substance database

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has indicated he may allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to have access to Utah’s controlled substances database without a warrant. In a draft ruling filed in U.S. District Court, Judge David Nuffer suggested he may rule against the Utah Department of Commerce, which is fighting the DEA. FOX 13 first reported on the issue last year. The DEA is seeking access to the state’s controlled substances database, which tracks prescriptions of opioids and […]

  • Utah Supreme Court tosses appeal over shooting of Geist

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state’s top court has rejected an appeal by the owner of a dog shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer. In a ruling handed down Thursday night, the Utah Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by Sean Kendall without ruling on the merits. Instead, the unanimous court ruling hinged on a failure to address legal standing in a brief. Kendall was appealing a judge’s dismissal of his lawsuit over the requirement that […]

  • Ballot initiative filed for independent redistricting in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A ballot initiative has been filed to create an independent commission in Utah that would draw the lines for congress, state legislature and school board. A group calling itself Better Boundaries filed the ballot initiative with the Lt. Governor’s Office on Thursday morning. It is being backed by former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (a Democrat) and former Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Jeff Wright (a Republican). In an interview with FOX 13, […]

  • Utah State Legislature to back woman suing ex-federal judge alleging sexual assault

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature is wading into a lawsuit filed by a woman against a federal judge, accusing him of sexual assault. The Utah State Legislature’s Management Committee voted last week to file a “friend of the court” brief in support of Terry Mitchell’s lawsuit against Richard Roberts, who was the former chief judge in Washington D.C.’s U.S. District Court A motion filed with the Utah Supreme Court indicates the legislature seeks to weigh in on […]