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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
  • FLDS leader gets served, but lawyers claim his brother is in hiding

    SALT LAKE CITY — Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been served with papers in a multi-million dollar lawsuit accusing him of ritualistic sex abuse. Court documents filed in 3rd District Court show the Fundamentalist LDS Church leader was served at the Texas prison where he is serving a life sentence for child sex assault, related to underage “marriages.” However, attorneys have been unable to find his brother, Seth Jeffs. “Plaintiff’s counsel believes Mr. Jeffs is in hiding,” the woman’s […]

  • Mitt Romney announces U.S. Senate run, finally

    SALT LAKE CITY – After weeks of speculation and delays, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he is entering the race for U.S. Senate in Utah to replace Orrin Hatch. Romney, the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate, governor of Massachusetts and Salt Lake Olympic Committee boss,  confirmed his run in a video posted on social media early Friday morning. The video, shot at the Olympic Ice Oval in Kearns, features Romney recounting his work during the 2002 Winter Olympics and him […]

  • Lawmaker to try to repeal the death penalty in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill in the Utah State Legislature seeks to end capital punishment in Utah. House Bill 379, sponsored by Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, would put a moratorium on the death penalty. “I think the proper time the proper path forward at this time, is to do away with the death penalty,” he said in an interview Friday with FOX 13. It would not impact the nine men currently on death row in Utah. Rep. Froerer […]

  • A serial predator on campus could prompt colleges to go to the cops under new bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — If a Utah college or university learns that it may have a serial predator on campus, it can go to the police to launch an investigation. The bill in the Utah State Legislature has drawn mixed reaction from victim advocates and rape survivors, but passed out of a House committee on Thursday. “No victim should go to law enforcement and report the crime against them and find out the school knew about this all along,” said […]

  • Romney to announce U.S. Senate run Friday

    SALT LAKE CITY – Mitt Romney is expected to announce his highly anticipated U.S. Senate run on Friday, a source close to him told FOX 13. The announcement would come in the form of a video posted on social media ahead of a speech to the Utah County GOP later that night. On Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor was calling members of the Utah State Legislature to solicit their opinions if he were to be elected, lawmakers said. “I think […]

  • The Utah State Legislature is sending Martha to Washington

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature has voted to send Martha to Washington. Women and girls cheered and hugged in the House gallery after a 67-3 vote on Wednesday to place a statue of physician, suffragist, politician and polygamous wife Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon representing Utah in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. She will replace a statue of TV inventor Philo Farnsworth. Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 became one of the hottest debates on the Hill, with some arguing […]

  • House passes medical marijuana bill that lets Utah grow weed for terminally ill patients

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives passed a resurrected bill that would make the state grow medical marijuana for terminally ill patients. House Bill 197, sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, died on a narrow vote last week but was resurrected on Tuesday. He insisted the legislation was a necessary companion to House Bill 195, which gives terminally ill patients a “right to try” medical marijuana. “This bill becomes the way to supply a genuine cannabis medicine […]

  • Lawmaker wants to pump the brakes on Utah’s controversial .05 DUI law

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would delay implementation of the nation’s toughest anti-drunk driving law. Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Taylorsville, introduced House Bill 345 last week, which delays Utah’s new .05 DUI law until at least 2022. It also includes some changes making it so immigrant drivers are not barred from getting their licenses. Currently, the law is scheduled to go into effect on New Year’s Eve. “We don’t know what’s going to […]

  • Police investigating vandalism at Utah State Capitol

    SALT LAKE CITY — Police are investigating after vandals painted graffiti on a building at the Utah State Capitol campus. A photo provided to FOX 13 by Utah State Auditor John Dougall shows that someone spray-painted the words “Solidarity with Bears Ears” and an anarchy symbol outside the Utah State Senate building. The graffiti is an apparent reference to the controversy over President Trump’s decision to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument. The Utah State Legislature overwhelmingly approved a resolution […]

  • Court tosses lawsuit over tear gas thrown into Utah prison rec yard that went into the ventilation system

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit over an incident where tear gas was lobbed into a prison recreation yard, only to go into the ventilation system of a nearby building. While the three-judge panel of Denver’s 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called the incident “textbook negligence,” they ruled the officers at fault were protected by governmental immunity laws. Timothy Redmond, representing a group of inmates, sued over the 2011 incident at the Olympus […]

  • Utah owes Target $2.3 million for bad road design

    SALT LAKE CITY — A state appeals court has ruled that Utah owes big box retailer Target at least $2 million for a bad road design. In a ruling published late Friday, the Utah Court of Appeals sided with Target over a road project in American Fork. A portion of the I-15 interchange near Target’s American Fork store was built on land the Utah Department of Transportation took from Target and developer Weingarten/Miller/American Fork LLC. “Claimants complain that the interchange […]

  • Utah senator says a woman tried to entrap him at his hotel, saying ‘I’m your date’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah State Senator says a woman may have tried to entrap him at his hotel room, and lawmakers are asking for a police investigation. Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, told reporters he was getting ready to leave his hotel room at the Little America on Thursday night when a woman knocked on his door. “I opened the door and there was a young lady standing there and she said ‘Hi,’ and I said, ‘Hi, who […]