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
  • Lou Ferrigno , Diana Terranova, Stan Lee and Salt Lake Comic Con Founder Dan Farr at the 2013 Salt Lake Comic Con.

    Stan Lee’s new ‘Comic Con’ could impact lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con

    SALT LAKE CITY — Comic book icon Stan Lee may have inadvertently given Salt Lake Comic Con organizers super powers in its legal battle with San Diego Comic-Con. The creator of Marvel comics including the Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men announced on Tuesday at a news conference that he is re-branding his “Comickaze” event as “Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.” The term “comic con” is the subject of litigation. San Diego Comic-Con filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Salt Lake Comic Con […]

  • The lobby of the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    The new Eccles Theater has to install a ‘Zion Ceiling’ to comply with Utah liquor laws

    SALT LAKE CITY — The new Eccles Theater is having to install something never seen before to comply with Utah liquor laws: a “Zion Ceiling.” The downtown theater’s grand lobby spans several stories. But the sweeping views have put it in conflict with state alcohol laws, because patrons can look down to the lobby floor and see drinks being made. The Eccles Theater’s lobby bistro has not yet been granted a restaurant liquor license by the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage […]

  • Utah Governor Gary Herbert (center left) shakes the hand of his Democratic challenger, Mike Weinholtz (right) at a debate at Utah State University in Logan. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Governor Herbert, Weinholtz spar in Utah TV debate

    LOGAN, Utah — Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his Democratic challenger, Mike Weinholtz got a little testy during a statewide televised debate. The governor touted his record and accomplishments, while Weinholtz insisted “it’s not working for everyone.” The two answered questions from reporters and Utah State University students on topics ranging from education funding and the suicide epidemic to medical marijuana, health care, clean air and public lands. Herbert insisted that he has stopped cuts to education funding in recent […]

  • The Utah Peace Officer Standards & Training Council meets at its quarterly meeting in St. George on Sept. 21, 2016. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    28 Utah cops disciplined; diversity training planned for police cadets

    ST. GEORGE — One after another, officers stood before the Utah Peace Officer Standards & Training Council. “I apologize having to appear before you on this incident and I just want to take the time to say I regret my actions,” said Jason Elwood, a former Uintah County Sheriff’s deputy. “I accept full responsibility for what I did,” former Payson police officer Justin J. Butler said. They were among 28 police officers disciplined at the quarterly meeting of the POST Council, […]

  • Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski (left) and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (right) speak to the Legislative Management Committee. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Mayors update legislature on homeless shelter solutions

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a joint appearance, the mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County updated lawmakers on how they’re spending millions in taxpayer dollars on fixing the homeless problem. “We are looking at this in a very different fashion than ever before and we will have measurable outcomes,” Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski said at Tuesday’s meeting of the Legislative Management Committee. The Utah State Legislature has committed $27 million toward newer, smaller shelters and […]

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    In stunning move, Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Jon Harper drops out of race

    ST. GEORGE — In a surprise move, Democratic candidate for Utah Attorney General Jon Harper dropped out of the race. Harper cited “health issues,” in an email to the Utah Democratic Party late Tuesday night, but did not disclose what it is. A campaign source told FOX 13 that it was not a terminal illness or anything like that, but “something that thousands of Utah families deal with every day.” It was something Harper did not want to face in public, the […]

  • A file photo of Unified Fire Authority Assistant Chief Marlon Jones. (FOX 13 News)

    Appeals court considers case of Unified Firefighters accused of taking painkillers

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court is considering whether authorities violated the constitutional rights of two Unified Firefighters whose prescription drug history was accessed during a criminal investigation. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in Marlon Jones and Ryan Pyle’s lawsuit against Cottonwood Heights, who accuse authorities there of violating their Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure. In 2013, authorities were investigating the disappearance of prescription painkillers from ambulances. As part of the […]

  • A mugshot of FLDS member John Wayman (courtesy Davis Co. Jail)

    FLDS member insists religious beliefs are ‘sincere’ in food stamp fraud case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church accused of food stamp fraud is insisting he has “sincere religious beliefs” protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. In a court filing on Monday, John Wayman described how the FLDS faith has been a part of him since birth and he has had an “unwavering devotion.” His attorney, James Bradshaw, is using it to show that he should be able to launch a religious freedom defense to the criminal […]

  • FILE: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appears at a campaign event in Long Beach, California, the day before the state's primary.

    Clinton campaign launches ‘Mormons for Hillary’ in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign has launched “Mormons for Hillary” in an effort to woo people in red-state Utah to vote for her. The coalition of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will try to appeal to fellow Mormons about why Clinton is a better choice for them than Republican nominee Donald Trump. In statements put out by the Clinton campaign from “Mormons for Hillary” members, they cite Trump’s policies on immigration […]

  • A slide of a potential design for the new Utah State Prison. (Courtesy Prison Development Commission)

    The new Utah State Prison will have a modern design

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state is close to signing a deal for land near the airport to build the new Utah State Prison. At a meeting Monday, the Prison Development Commission was updated on progress for the new facility. Negotiations are under way for the land near the Salt Lake City International Airport with closing on the agreement expected by late October. Construction on the new prison is expected to be completed by 2020. Lawmakers told FOX 13 they […]

  • Convicted bomber Mark Hofmann in a mugshot provided by the Utah Dept. of Corrections.

    Notorious bomber Mark Hofmann moved to Gunnison prison

    BLUFFDALE, Utah — One of Utah’s most notorious criminals has been moved out of a maximum security facility at the Utah State Prison. The Utah Dept. of Corrections confirmed to FOX 13 that convicted forger and bomber Mark Hofmann was transferred to the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison. He was moved after a re-evaluation of his housing situation, said prison spokesman Steve Gehrke. Corrections officials have been re-evaluating the housing situation for maximum security inmates to determine if that’s the […]

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    VidAngel fires back at studios, insisting it’s not violating copyright law

    SALT LAKE CITY — VidAngel, the Utah-based movie filtering service, is firing back at a lawsuit leveled against it by several Hollywood studios, insisting it is not breaking federal copyright laws. In a formal response to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court by Disney, LucasFilm, Twentieth Century FOX and Warner Bros., VidAngel stood behind the “Family Movie Act” and said it didn’t need the studios’ permission to filter movies with potentially objectionable content. “In asking this Court to […]