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
  • Elissa Wall and her then-husband, Allen Steed. Wall is suing over her marriage at age 14 in a ceremony presided by FLDS leader Warren Jeffs.

    FLDS child bride settles multi-million dollar lawsuit over marriage

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A former child bride has settled part of a multi-million dollar lawsuit she leveled against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and his Fundamentalist LDS Church. Elissa Wall reached a $2.75 million settlement with the United Effort Plan Trust, which controls homes and property in the border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The settlement is significantly less than the $40 million that court filings said she had sought. “Ms. Wall brought his case to […]

  • A girl rides a bicycle in the FLDS border town of Hildale, Utah. (Image by Aaron Kimbell)

    FLDS leaders lived on shrimp and lobster while members fought over cereal, court docs claim

    HILDALE, Utah — In an auto-repair shop a few miles outside of town, Phil Jessop gets to work on a transmission. On the other side of the building, his wife, Donna McGinnis, takes an inventory of the bags of bread, cases of canned food, shoes and clothing stacked up. It’s an unlikely location for a Christian ministry, but it’s where the couple runs Southwest Recovery Mission Ministries, where they help people inside and outside the Fundamentalist LDS Church. “We’re just here […]

  • Young women play in the streets in Hildale, Utah. (Image by Aaron Kimbell, FOX 13 News)

    FLDS towns don’t use the most food stamps — but they get a lot of money

    SALT LAKE CITY — The polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., are in a dire economic situation, prompting many to seek welfare assistance. Despite a repeated claim that FLDS members are instructed to “bleed the beast,” data shows Hildale does not appear to be the biggest recipients of food stamps — but families there do get the most money. FOX 13 requested Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) data from the Utah Department of Workforce Services and Arizona Department […]

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    DABC won’t enforce law against Brewvies over ‘Deadpool’

    SALT LAKE CITY — A movie theater facing revocation of its liquor license for showing the movie “Deadpool” got a reprieve from the state of Utah. At a hearing in federal court on Tuesday, Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agreed not to take any action against Brewvies while its lawsuit goes forward. “They can continue to operate as they have,” said Parker Douglas, the Utah Attorney General’s Federal Solicitor told reporters outside of court. Brewvies owner Randy Miller declined […]

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    Utah liquor laws will get a second look in the legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s sometimes “quirky” liquor laws will get scrutinized by legislators in the upcoming interim session, but don’t expect them to be loosened. The senator tasked with overseeing Utah liquor legislation said in a recent interview with FOX 13 that he will be looking at all aspects of alcohol policy, from licensing to “Zion Curtains.” “I don’t think there’s anything that isn’t on the table currently,” Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, said. Stevenson told FOX 13 he’d like to […]

  • The Salt Lake City International Airport concourse and terminal redesign project.

    SLC International Airport to get another concourse

    SALT LAKE CITY — The airport is expanding again. The Salt Lake City International Airport announced on Monday that it would be adding another concourse to the terminal redevelopment project, adding 30 extra gates with room to grow. The north concourse would cost $740 million to build, bringing the total project from $1.8 to $2.6 billion. “This addition is essential in building a state-of-the-art facility to help attract more business and tourism dollars, and completely in line with my plan […]

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    Brewvies asks for restraining order against Utah over showing ‘Deadpool’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The lawyer for the movie theater facing revocation of its license for showing the movie “Deadpool” is asking a federal judge for a restraining order against Utah’s alcohol control authority. In a motion for a temporary restraining order filed in U.S. District Court and obtained by FOX 13, Brewvies lawyer Rocky Anderson seeks to block the state from enforcing the law prohibiting liquor licensees from showing nudity or certain sex acts. “This Court should grant Brewvies’s […]

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    Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees opens up about solo music video that slams LDS Church

    PROVO, Utah – A new solo music video from Neon Trees’ singer Tyler Glenn is stoking controversy, and Glenn sat down with FOX 13 News Friday to discuss the lyrics and images that some feel attack the Mormon faith. Glenn is openly gay, and in the past he has spoken about his efforts to balance his sexuality with his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But, recently, his tone toward the LDS Church has changed. In […]

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    Feds want FLDS towns’ police force disbanded

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Justice Department is asking a federal judge to disband the police force in the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. It’s the federal government’s recommendation after a jury trial found the town governments discriminated against non-members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church and acted as an arm of the sect and its leader, Warren Jeffs. In a court filing on Friday, the U.S. Justice Department also asked for property to be […]

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    Utah’s alcohol authority responds to movie theater facing loss of license over ‘Deadpool’

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah alcohol control commissioners weighed in on the controversy surrounding a movie theater facing revocation of its liquor license for showing the movie “Deadpool.” At the beginning of Tuesday’s meeting of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, DABC Commissioner Jeff Wright made a statement on the lawsuit filed by Brewvies over showing “Deadpool.” Wright said they could not comment on the lawsuit itself, but looked forward to the court process. “The department and the commission […]

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    Feds try to block FLDS from claiming religious right to hand over food stamps

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to block members and leaders of the Fundamentalist LDS Church from claiming a right to donate their food stamps to polygamous sect leaders to do with as they see fit. In court documents filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah asked the judge to limit the defense put forward by 11 people charged in the massive food stamp fraud scheme. The feds claim the FLDS […]

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    ‘Sister Wives’ ask federal court for re-hearing of polygamy case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider their lawsuit against the state of Utah over its polygamy ban. In court papers filed Monday night, Brown family lawyer Jonathan Turley asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver for an “en banc” hearing. That means they’re asking for the entire panel of judges for the 10th Circuit to hear the case. A three-judge panel had previously […]


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