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.”

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    UTA says it will be more transparent after closed meetings controversy

    OREM, Utah — The Utah Transit Authority’s Board of Trustees met for the first time Wednesday since controversy erupted over the agency’s decision to close some meetings to the public. No one on the board addressed the controversy at the meeting, but did offer a lengthy comment period where some of UTA’s critics vented. It also instituted a period of public comment before voting on agenda items. “Thank you for opening everything,” said George Chapman with the Utah Transit Rider’s […]

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    LDS Church silence on liquor licenses does not equal approval, DABC commissioner says

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is apparently weighing in on liquor license applications without explicitly weighing in. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission modified its prior stance that silence from a community location like a church or a school was essentially consent on a liquor license application for a business located nearby. It was brought up as the DABC commission considered wine/beer license requests for an Even Stevens restaurant in Logan and a […]

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    Suspects in Centerville kidnapping make first court appearance

    FARMINGTON, Utah — A father-and-son accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Centerville family and considered “persons of interest” in the murder of a Utah Transit Authority worker made their first court appearance here. Flint Harrison and his son, Dereck James Harrison, appeared briefly in 2nd District Court on Monday to face aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault charges related to the Centerville kidnapping. Judge Michael Allphin denied bail for both men. DJ Harrison asked for 10 days to try to hire […]

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    Federal judge delays FLDS food stamp fraud trial until October

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has agreed to delay the upcoming food stamp fraud trial of members and leaders of the polygamous Fundamentalist LDS Church. Citing massive amounts of evidence the federal government has gathered but still hasn’t handed over to defense attorneys, U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart granted the U.S. Attorney for Utah’s motion to delay the trial until October. “This is a complex case. This case involves the prosecution of a large number of defendants and […]

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    New ordinance aims to help police crack down on illegal sex trade in Salt Lake County

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The Salt Lake County Council amended a business ordinance recently in the hopes of cracking down on the illegal sex trade. Officers with the Unified Police Department say you can find prostitution in more places than you might think, and massage parlors disguise some of the primary culprits. “We have situations occurring where an independent contractor or a business person will be in a strip mall or some kind of a brick and mortar building, […]

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    Death penalty bills expected to return to the Utah legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — Bills that would speed up the death penalty process or repeal it altogether are expected to return to the Utah State Legislature. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, told FOX 13 he has already opened bill files that would cut down on the length of appeals that death row inmates have. Some inmates on death row in Utah have been appealing their sentences for decades. “If I could get it 10 years or less, I think we’re in the […]

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    LDS Church to allow women missionaries to wear pants in areas prone to mosquito-borne diseases

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that women missionaries for the Mormon faith will now be allowed to wear pants in countries where there is a risk of mosquito-borne diseases. In a statement Friday, the LDS Church said it was following recommendations by governmental agencies across the globe. The policy change, allowing women to wear slacks and other clothing that covers arms and legs, would apply to 230 missions — about half of […]

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    Is the FLDS Church building a new temple in South Dakota?

    PRINGLE, South Dakota — A barbed wire fence stretches through the forest in the Black Hills, drawing a line between the Fundamentalist LDS Church and the outside world. In the pine trees, large cabins can be seen with the word “Zion” printed above the doors. A man can be seen in a guard tower staring out, but, otherwise, no one is out. The only sound is the wind going through the trees. Faced with increasing scrutiny in Utah, the Fundamentalist […]

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    Utah responds to ‘Deadpool’ lawsuit claiming authority to protect ‘health, welfare and morals’

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a response to a lawsuit filed by a movie theater facing revocation of its liquor license for showing “Deadpool,” the state of Utah declares it has “the authority to protect public health, welfare and morals of the community.” In a court filing obtained by FOX 13 on Wednesday night, the Utah Attorney General’s office denies much of the allegations made in the lawsuit filed by Brewvies, but provided some answers when it comes to the […]

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    Utah legislature passes resolution opposing Obama monument plans

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution opposing the possible creation of a national monument in the Four Corners area. The House voted 64-10 and the Senate voted 23-5 to back the resolution, which demands that President Obama consult with Utah leaders before making any designation of a Bears Ears National Monument under the Antiquities Act. Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign the non-binding resolution, a spokeswoman told FOX 13 on […]

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    Utah lawmaker plans porn blocking legislation for cellphones, libraries

    SALT LAKE CITY — Following Utah’s resolution declaring pornography a “public health crisis,” a lawmaker is drafting bills to mandate anti-porn filters on cellphones and computers at public libraries. In an interview with FOX 13, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said he is drafting legislation that would require cellphone makers to install porn-blocking filters on their devices, which would be removed if it’s verified the owner is over 18. “Almost every kid in Utah is walking around with a smart […]

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    Utah governor’s campaign opponents criticize his fundraising tactics

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert’s election opponents are criticizing him for offering his time to lobbyists and other donors to his re-election campaign. Following a luncheon at the Utah Taxpayer’s Association meeting on Monday, the governor’s Republican and Democratic challengers both expressed their displeasure at reports Herbert had offered to set aside time for lobbyists and others who would donate to his campaign. A recording of the offer was obtained and published by The Salt Lake Tribune. “If we want […]


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