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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
  • In their final debate, 3rd Congressional District candidates try to stand out

    PROVO, Utah — With ballots already mailed out and just a few weeks left until Election Day, the top three candidates vying to replace Jason Chaffetz in congress made a final pitch to a statewide television audience. Republican frontrunner John Curtis, Democratic challenger Kathie Allen and United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett debated a range of issues from health care and immigration to gun control and public lands. They each tried to stand out. Watch the entire debate here: “The […]

  • Utah man to face murder trial in teen’s suicide

    PROVO, Utah — A judge has ordered a Spanish Fork man to face trial for murder in connection with the suicide of a 16-year-old girl. In a ruling handed down Monday night, 4th District Court Judge James Brady ordered Tyerell Przybycien, 18, to stand trial on murder and abuse or desecration of a human body. Przybycien is accused of assisting Jchandra Brown in killing herself in Payson Canyon earlier this year. Prosecutors argued that he purchased the rope, tied a […]

  • No Twilight Concert Series in 2018

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Twilight Concert Series will not come back next year and the future of the downtown event is being reviewed after some shows were in the red. It may return in 2019 in a different form than what fans experience at Pioneer Park. A recommendation by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s office is that the event not be funded for the 2018 season. The Salt Lake City Council has also not kicked any money toward […]

  • ‘The Dark Knight of Political Horror’ to appear at Utah Libertarian party

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Libertarian Party is bringing in a controversial political figure to headline its annual birthday bash. Roger Stone, an advisor to President Donald Trump, will appear Oct. 28 at the Utah Libertarian Party’s 45th anniversary celebration. In an announcement of the event, the party billed it as “A Dark Night of Political Horror with the Dark Knight of Political Horror, Roger Stone.” “The scariest man in politics is coming to Utah for one night only! […]

  • Jury deadlocked in high-profile Utah fraud case; mistrial declared

    SALT LAKE CITY — The jury deliberating one of Utah’s biggest fraud trials deadlocked, so a mistrial was declared. For now, “Free Capitalist” Rick Koerber no longer faces the threat of federal prosecution. Federal prosecutors said they would review the case and decide if they want to re-try him. “Time is on the side of truth!” Koerber said as he left the courthouse Monday. After seven weeks of arguments and testimony and another seven days of deliberations, jurors told the […]

  • How much it may cost Utah taxpayers to fight a movie theater over its liquor license for showing ‘Deadpool’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A movie theater that won a lawsuit over Utah’s liquor laws and the movie “Deadpool” is asking for more than a half-million dollars in attorney’s fees. In a filing obtained by FOX 13, attorneys for Brewvies asked a federal judge to order the Utah Attorney General’s Office to pay more than $533,000 for the costs of litigating the case. Brewvies sued the state and Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission after it was threatened with […]

  • Religious leaders worry housing deadlines could lead to more homeless in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of religious leaders and advocates for the poor have penned a letter to Utah’s political leaders, worrying that tight deadlines for new housing and new homeless shelters will leave more people sleeping on the streets. Members of the Coalition of Religious Communities hand-delivered the letter to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski on Monday. They also praised her for pushing to spend nearly $22 million on more affordable housing projects in the city. “It really […]

  • Utah firefighters headed to California to battle wildfires

    SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters from Utah are being enlisted to help battle the devastating wildfires in California. The Salt Lake City Fire Department is sending a dozen firefighters. As many as 40 firefighters from different Utah agencies have volunteered to go. “As a fire department and a fireman — when our brothers need us — we go help. We won’t ask questions. We go help,” said Mark Leppard, a Salt Lake City firefighter who volunteered to go. Salt Lake […]

  • Ex-SLC PD detective appeals firing over arrest of nurse

    SALT LAKE CITY — A police detective fired for arresting a nurse who refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient is appealing his termination. In a notice sent to Salt Lake City’s Civil Service Commission, Jeff Payne’s attorney requested a hearing to challenge the firing. In the notice, attorney Greg Skordas argued that the termination was “improper.” “Appellant’s lack of prior disciplinary history and the circumstances and events leading up to the disciplinary decision make the […]

  • Former USC football player from Utah strikes plea deal in rape case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A once-rising college football star has struck a plea deal on rape charges. Osa Masina pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. In exchange, prosecutors dropped three counts of first-degree felony rape and forcible sodomy. Masina will not face prison time or be forced to register as a sex offender, but he could get up to three years in jail when he is sentenced in December. “No comment,” Masina said to […]

  • Sandy wins lawsuit filed by panhandler over standing in street medians

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has upheld an ordinance passed by Sandy designed to crack down on panhandling. In a ruling obtained by FOX 13 on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins upheld the ordinance and dismissed a lawsuit leveled by Steve Evans, a panhandler who was repeatedly cited under the ordinance. The ordinance blocked people from standing on a median less than 36-inches wide. Evans sued, arguing the ordinance targeted panhandling and his constitutionally-protected free speech […]

  • ‘Operation Rio Grande’ pushing drug dealers out of state, officials say

    SALT LAKE CITY — “Operation Rio Grande,” which has cracked down on crime surrounding the downtown homeless shelters and resulted in hundreds of arrests, is pushing drug dealers out of the neighborhood and out of Utah, officials tell FOX 13. At the state’s annual summit on homelessness on Wednesday, Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said they had intel that revealed many high-level drug dealers had packed up and left town. They’ve been […]