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Ben Winslow is a multi-media journalist for Fox 13 News, experimenting with new technologies and new ways of disseminating news stories across multiple platforms (you can follow him on Twitter @BenWinslow).

Prior to joining the Fox 13 news team, he worked at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio. Winslow has covered some of Utah's biggest news stories, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, issues surrounding polygamy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and the Lori Hacking and Destiny Norton murder cases. He has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award, Utah Broadcaster's Assocation awards and local SPJ awards.

Winslow volunteers on the board of the Utah Headliner's Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Recent Articles
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    Lawmaker wants all Utah restaurants to have ‘Zion Curtains’

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Sen. John Valentine says he “made a mistake.” The Orem Republican, known for his conservative stance on liquor laws, said he regrets passing a bill that required only new restaurants to build 7-foot separate preparation areas for alcoholic drinks (nicknamed “Zion Curtains”). Instead, he said he should have required ALL restaurants to have them. “It is my opinion that the grandfathering should be done away with so all restaurants are treated the same,” Valentine told […]

  • Former Utah AG Mark Shurtleff leaves jail after arrested July 15, 2014

    Shurtleff wants prosecutors to get specific in corruption case

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a new court filing, former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is demanding prosecutors get more specific about allegations of wrongdoing. He also wants prosecutors to provide him with a list of witnesses they intend to call, should his case go to trial. “The notice problem is compounded here by the State‚Äôs dumping on Mr. Shurtleff hundreds of thousands of pages of discovery and scores of audio files with the intent of leaving it to him […]

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    UTA defends bonuses, but lawmakers will ask for another audit

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Transit Authority appeared before lawmakers, where it pledged to enact recommended reforms after a blistering audit. At the same time, the transit agency’s board chairman defended the big bonuses UTA has been so heavily criticized for. “If extraordinary work occurs, if we see benefit that truly benefits the taxpayer in the long run, I think that ought to be incentivized and rewarded,” said Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, who also serves as the chairman of […]

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    ‘Sister Wives’ lawyer wants Utah to pay his bills for polygamy case

    SALT LAKE CITY — The lawyer for reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives is asking the state to pay his bills for winning the case involving Utah’s polygamy ban. In a filing in U.S. District Court, Jonathan Turley asked for attorneys fees in connection with the case, which the judge granted when he struck down a portion of the state’s anti-polygamy law. Turley asks for $242,000 in compensation. Read the filing here: “This amount is also commensurate with […]

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    How the Hobby Lobby ruling is helping a member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has ruled that a member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church does not have to answer questions about child labor violations because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. Vergel Steed refused to answer even the most basic questions in a recent deposition, because he is protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “It is clear that Mr. Steed has raised the very defenses available under RFRA,” U.S. District Court […]

  • A file photo of protesters rallying against Utah's 'Ag-Gag' law in May of 2013.

    Utah responds to lawsuit over so-called ‘Ag Gag’ law

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office has filed a response to a lawsuit filed by animal rights groups defending the state’s so-called “Ag Gag” law. The terse response, filed last week in federal court, denies the allegations leveled by animal welfare organizations. It asks the judge to dismiss the lawsuit outright. Read the filing here: At a hearing last month, a federal judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for […]

  • Martin MacNeill's prison mugshot, courtesy Utah Dept. of Corrections

    Martin MacNeill begins serving prison sentence

    DRAPER — Convicted wife-killer Dr. Martin MacNeill has begun serving a prison sentence for forcible sex abuse. The Utah Department of Corrections released MacNeill’s prison mugshot to FOX 13 on Tuesday, the first day he began serving a 1-15 year sentence. He had previously been housed at the Utah County Jail. MacNeill was sentenced on Monday for forcible sex abuse, accused of groping one of his daughters. MacNeill will be sentenced on Friday for murder in the 2007 death of […]

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    Josh Powell’s family appeals estate battle to Utah Supreme Court

    SALT LAKE CITY — The family of Josh Powell is appealing to the Utah Supreme Court in a multi-million dollar battle over the estate of missing mom Susan Cox Powell. In a notice filed with the state’s top court and obtained by FOX 13, Josh Powell’s mother, Terrica, and sister, Alina, say they are appealing a judge’s ruling that gave control of Susan Cox Powell’s affairs to her father, Chuck Cox. Read the notice of appeal here: The estate battle […]

  • #10 - Martin MacNeill trial - With television cameras rolling Martin MacNeill, a medical doctor, sat in a courtroom in Provo for nearly a month. His daughter and his mistress took the stand against him. On November 9th, a jury quickly decided MacNeill was guilty of killing his wife, Michelle, inside their Pleasant Grove home in 2007.

    Martin MacNeill sentenced to prison in sex abuse case

    PROVO — Dr. Martin MacNeill, convicted of killing his wife, has been sentenced to prison time on a sex abuse charge. MacNeill stared straight ahead and said nothing as 4th District Court Judge Samuel McVey sentenced him to 1-15 years in the Utah State Prison. “He has not admitted to the misconduct in the crime,” the judge said. MacNeill’s daughter, Alexis Somers, stood and pleaded with the judge to give him the maximum sentence. She told the judge her father […]

  • David William Noll stands before a judge during a hearing Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Park City, Utah. Noll, a California man pleaded guilty to defacing two Utah murals believed to have been done by the mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. Noll will pay $13,000 in restoration costs as part of a plea agreement. Noll told a judge Monday he was suffering from a bout with bipolar disorder when he drove to Park City and damaged the works on New Year's Eve. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

    Banksy vandal strikes a plea deal

    SILVER SUMMIT — The man accused of vandalizing what some consider vandalism has struck a plea deal. David Noll appeared in court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to third-degree felony criminal mischief for damaging a pair of works by the anonymous street artist “Banksy.” The graffiti works have become celebrated in the Park City community after they appeared during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In exchange for the plea, Summit County Attorney David Brickey said prosecutors will not recommend […]

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    Judge to officially dismiss lawsuit over Park City Mountain Resort

    PARK CITY — With the sale of Park City Mountain Resort to Vail Resorts, the judge handling the hotly contested litigation is officially dismissing the case. In court documents filed last week and obtained by FOX 13, Judge Ryan Harris indicated the lawsuit between PCMR and Talisker Holdings would be dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled ever again. Read the judge’s minute entry: PCMR and Talisker had been locked in litigation for years over the fate of the […]

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    Amendment 3 appeal documents

    FILINGS WITH THE U.S. SUPREME COURT: Utah’s petition for a writ of certiorari Plaintiff’s petition for a writ of certiorari Utah’s reply brief before SCOTUS AMICUS FILINGS WITH THE U.S. SUPREME COURT: Amicus brief in Utah and Oklahoma marriage case by attorneys general for 17 states Amicus brief in support of plaintiffs in Utah case by 30 companies Amicus brief in support of plaintiffs by Family Equality Council, Freedom to Marry, PFLAG, etc. Amicus brief in support of plaintiffs by […]


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