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Ben Winslow is a multi-media journalist for Fox 13 News, experimenting with new technologies and new ways of disseminating news stories across multiple platforms (you can follow him on Twitter @BenWinslow).

Prior to joining the Fox 13 news team, he worked at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio. Winslow has covered some of Utah's biggest news stories, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, issues surrounding polygamy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and the Lori Hacking and Destiny Norton murder cases. He has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award, Utah Broadcaster's Assocation awards and local SPJ awards.

Winslow volunteers on the board of the Utah Headliner's Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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    Judge won’t reconsider FLDS ‘Hobby Lobby’ ruling

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is refusing to reconsider a decision to allow a member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church to refuse to answer questions, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in theĀ “Hobby Lobby” case. In a ruling handed down last week and obtained by FOX 13, U.S. District Court Judge David Sam rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s request to reconsider his decision. Read the ruling here: Fundamentalist LDS Church member Vergel Steed refused to answer […]

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    Alta snowboard ban appealed

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group of snowboarders who fought Alta’s ban on snowboarders are appealing a judge’s decision tossing their lawsuit. In court documents obtained Monday by FOX 13, the group “Wasatch Equality” filed notice that it would appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Read the filing here: Wasatch Equality sued Alta and the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that the ski resort’s ban on snowboarders violates their Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. […]

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    Polygamous trust overseer strikes plea deal on prostitution charge

    TAYLORSVILLE — The court-appointed accountant over the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s real-estate holdings arm has struck a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute. Bruce Wisan did not appear in Taylorsville Justice Court on Friday. However, his attorney said he entered a no contest plea in abeyance to the misdemeanor charge. A no contest plea means Wisan acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him, but he does not admit guilt. It is treated as a conviction by […]

  • Crime isn’t paying enough in Utah, so that may mean budget cuts

    SALT LAKE CITY — An unintended consequence in the drop in Utah’s crime rate could mean budget cuts for agencies that help crime victims, addicts and children in the court system. At a meeting of the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday morning, lawmakers got some bad news: surcharges collected from many traffic and misdemeanor cases are dropping. “Everybody we’re talking to is screaming bloody murder that life is ending as they know it because they can’t […]

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Former Utah attorney general John Swallow sits in Judge Royal Hansen's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014, before his first appearance in court. He and former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff are charged with receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

    New charge filed against former Utah AG John Swallow

    SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors have filed a new charge against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. On Thursday, the Salt Lake County District Attorney filed a second-degree felony charge of accepting a gift. He previously faced a similar charge. Read the new charging documents here: Swallow and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff face criminal charges in a long-running corruption investigation. The two are accused of soliciting donations and assistance from people facing investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s […]

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    The firing squad could be coming back to Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers have given a preliminary nod to bringing back the firing squad as a method of execution in Utah. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, proposed the bill that would bring back the firing squad only in the event that lethal injection was not available. Ray told the Utah State Legislature’s interim law enforcement and criminal justice committee that he was being proactive. “It gives us some maneuverability,” Ray told the committee. Lethal injection has come under fire […]

  • At least 3 inmates in Utah want to die by firing squad

    The Utah Department of Corrections provided a list to FOX 13 of death-row inmates and the method of execution they have chosen. At least three inmates have been “grandfathered-in” to die by firing squad prior to the law changing in 2003. Michael Anthony Archuleta, 52 Sentenced to death: 12/21/1989 Method: Lethal injection (assigned after he did not select a method) Douglas Stewart Carter, 59 Sentenced to death: 12/27/1985 (overturned in 1989) Resentenced to death: 01/27/1992 Method: Lethal injection (assigned after […]

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune 
Former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff using crutches looks for a place to sit in Judge Royal Hansen's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  Shurtleff and Utah former attorney general John Swallow are charged with receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

    Prosecutor drops racketeering charge against Mark Shurtleff

    SALT LAKE CITY – Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has dropped a racketeering charge against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. In a filing in 3rd District Court on Wednesday, Rawlings said he is dismissing it without prejudice — meaning it can be refiled. However, he said, “in reviewing the pleadings of defense counsel and controlling case law, has determined at this time that the interests of justice weigh in favor of moving this honorable court to dismiss count 1 […]

  • Utah racing against time to preserve millions of historic photos

    SALT LAKE CITY — In the basement of the Rio Grande Building, they sit in boxes stacked floor to ceiling. Millions of images from Utah’s past, dating back to the mid-1800s. The images range from Brigham Young and the saints he led here, to the native peoples who lived here and random slices of life from across time. “Those images give you a sense of life that’s just unparalleled,” said Brad Westwood, the director of the Utah Division of State […]

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    Stephanie Sloop takes plea deal in Ethan Stacy murder

    FARMINGTON — A woman charged in the death of her 4-year-old son has struck a plea deal with prosecutors. Stephanie Sloop pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated murder and obstruction of justice in the murder of Ethan Stacy. In exchange, prosecutors removed the possibility and the death penalty and dropped charges of child abuse and desecration of a body. “My selfish behavior is the reason I am standing here today pleading guilty to these charges,” Sloop sobbed as she addressed […]

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    UDOT to raise speed limits on urban interstates to 70 mph

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation said it is planning to raise the speed limits to 70 miles per hour on urban interstates. The change would affect I-15 from Spanish Fork to Ogden, I-80 from 5600 West to near the mouth of Parley’s Canyon and all of I-215. At a meeting in Price on Friday, UDOT presented its findings to a transportation committee. Barring any major complaints, the speed limit increase would take effect mid-December. UDOT is […]

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    Did the FBI tamper with a witness in OKC bombing evidence case?

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has indicated he wants more investigation into allegations the FBI tampered with a witness in a trial over evidence and the Oklahoma City bombing. At the end of a hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups stopped short of finding the FBI in contempt of court. Instead, he indicated that he would appoint a federal magistrate judge to oversee further investigation into the claims. Judge Waddoups did rule that the FBI failed to […]


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