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
  • After lawsuits over gerrymandering and barriers to the ballot, watchdog groups to monitor San Juan Co. elections

    SALT LAKE CITY — After lawsuits over racial gerrymandering, polling places, ballot and language barriers, several watchdog groups plan to be monitoring Tuesday’s primary election in San Juan County. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the Rural Utah Project and the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission have said they will be observing the election that was ordered by a federal judge after a ruling finding racial gerrymandering. The county commission and school board boundaries were redrawn and special elections […]

  • No gummies or edibles allowed as Utah gets set to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is moving forward with plans to grow marijuana for terminally ill patients granted a “right to try” it. Under a series of laws passed by the Utah State Legislature earlier this year, terminally ill patients will be able to take medical-grade cannabis. The legislature has ordered the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to grow the marijuana and distribute it. Agriculture officials have been crafting rules after an initial phase of public feedback. […]

  • Feds seek to use top secret info against Utah man accused of spying for China

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal grand jury has indicted a Utah man accused of spying for China. In a court filing, federal prosecutors also disclose they plan to use information obtained through secret warrants against him. The filing discloses that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah intends to use electronic and physical evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act against Ron Rockwell Hansen. Additionally, FOX 13 is told federal prosecutors have asked the court to designate someone as […]

  • Utah’s Attorney General meets with Facebook over data sharing and privacy

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes met with Facebook executives to discuss privacy concerns and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Reyes, who is attending the National Association of Attorneys General meeting in Portland, Ore., was among a group of attorneys general who met behind closed-doors with Facebook executives. Attorneys general across the nation have raised questions and have been critical about the social media giant’s privacy practices. In a Facebook post, Reyes posted a picture of him with […]

  • New images show concepts for future development at Utah State Prison site

    SALT LAKE CITY — Political leaders are hitting the gas on development in and around the Utah State Prison site in Draper. At a meeting of the Point of the Mountain Development Commission earlier this week, lawmakers announced it would soon transition to an authority that will start making decisions about the state land the prison currently sits on. “This accelerated development is happening even as we speak,” Rep. Lowry Snow, R-Santa Clara, told FOX 13. The new prison near […]

  • Utah’s governor hails Supreme Court ruling that lets states collect sales tax on your online purchases

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is praising a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on sales tax collection from online purchases. The nation’s top court ruled on Thursday that states can collect sales taxes for purchases from businesses not within their borders. It’s been a long-running issue for Utah, which has claimed a loss of more than $200 million in sales tax revenue from online purchases by consumers. “Gov. Herbert has long been a champion of updating […]

  • Lt. Governor, medical marijuana ballot initiative supporters ask judge to toss lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and the sponsors of a ballot initiative to legalize medical cannabis in Utah are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit over whether it can go before voters in November. In court filings late Wednesday obtained by FOX 13, the Utah Patients Coalition asked the judge to dismiss a lawsuit against Lt. Governor Spencer Cox by the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Utah (also known as Drug Safe Utah). The […]

  • Red flag restraining orders, background checks, waiting periods and mental health are in new report on school safety

    SALT LAKE CITY — A rapid response to a student in crisis, mandated mental health reporting and emergency restraining orders taking weapons from severely mentally ill people are top priorities for the state to ensure school safety, according to a new report. The Utah Safe Schools Commission made a series of recommendations on Wednesday that could become new laws as the Utah State Legislature finds ways to protect children from gun violence. The task force, convened in the aftermath of the […]

  • Ute Tribe pushes back on Utah jumping into lawsuit seeking millions of acres of land

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Ute Tribe said it will fight any attempt by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to intervene in a lawsuit over millions of acres of land and as much as a billion dollars in lost compensation. FOX 13 reported on Tuesday about the Ute Tribe’s lawsuit and the state’s contemplation of intervening in it. The tribe suing the federal government, seeking nearly two million acres of land it claims belonged to the Uncomahgre band of Utes […]

  • Sen. Dabakis votes against judge nominee he approved in protest of lack of diversity

    SALT LAKE CITY — In protest of a lack of diversity in Utah’s judicial system, an outspoken senator cast a lone dissenting vote. Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, voted against Richard Mrazik’s confirmation to the 3rd District Court, a judicial candidate he’d previously voted to confirm. He acknowledged he was making a political statement. “I like these people and I think they’re great judges. But as the state grows we need a judiciary that has the kind of diversity […]

  • San Juan Co. commission candidate sues to get back on the ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — A candidate for county commission in rural San Juan County has filed a federal lawsuit against state and local election officials to get back on the ballot. Willie Grayeyes was kicked off the ballot in May after the county clerk determined he did not actually live in Utah. In the lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Grayeyes disagreed. He sued San Juan County, his political opponents and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox demanding to be placed on the ballot […]

  • Utah considers jumping into a tribal lawsuit over a huge chunk of land and a billion dollars

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is considering jumping into a lawsuit over a huge chunk of land in the eastern side of the state. The Ute Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the United States government, Department of the Interior and Secretary Ryan Zinke, staking claim to nearly two million acres of land in eastern Utah. The tribe has accused the feds of theft. The tribe alleges in the late 1800s, the Uncompahgre band of the […]