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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    A push to spend more money at local stores this holiday season

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams perused the shelves of the market inside Paletti’s on Highland Drive, picking out some food products to purchase. All of the items were made here in Utah, and the mayor is encouraging people to shop more at local stores this holiday season. “We’re all going to make purchases on the Internet. We’re all going to shop at some of the national chains, but try to make a conscious decision to […]

  • Tonia Tewell, the director of Holding Out Help, shows off a home donated for the group to use as transitional housing for people leaving polygamous communities.

    A new home for people leaving Utah’s closed polygamous communities

    DRAPER, Utah — Tonia Tewell moves through the massive home, pointing out all the things that will change. “This will be one apartment,” she says, pointing around the room. “We’ll bust out a wall to have a family room and kitchenette in this area and a bedroom in this area.” The home was recently purchased by a donor to her non-profit group, “Holding Out Help,” to use as transitional housing for people leaving Utah’s polygamous communities. It will also become a permanent […]

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    Did you get a Marriott robocall? The hotel giant says it’s a scam

    SALT LAKE CITY — A number of FOX 13 viewers report getting a robocall on Thanksgiving claiming to be from the Marriott hotel chain. Many people also took to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the call that came as they were celebrating with their families. Marriott was quick to jump on and point out it is a fraudulent call. @BenWinslow These calls are not being generated by Marriott or any affiliate of Marriott. They are a series of fraudulent […]

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    Big names on the witness lists in Justice Dept. lawsuit against polygamous towns

    SALT LAKE CITY — A leader in the FLDS Church and former acolytes are on witness lists filed in advance of the U.S. Justice Department’s massive lawsuit against the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The lists, filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix and obtained by FOX 13, show the feds are calling some potentially hostile witnesses to testify in their case that the town governments have acted as de facto agents for Warren Jeffs and […]

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    No charges for Cameron Crimefighter who left rifle in Capitol, causing evacuations

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney has declined to pursue criminal charges against the man who placed a gun inside the rotunda of the Utah State Capitol, prompting a mass evacuation. The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office said in a letter to state investigators that it would not be pursuing charges against Cameron Crimefighter for the Oct. 15 incident that forced the evacuation of the entire building. Crimefighter (his real name) left the disassembled rifle as […]

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    Feds may be producing info in Shurtleff, Swallow corruption cases

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Justice Department may be producing some of the evidence Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings claims has been withheld from him in the criminal case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. In a motion filed late Wednesday, Rawlings asked for a December hearing on the evidence dispute to be canceled. He said all sides are working toward an agreement. “The FBI – Utah and Mr. Timothy Jafek (DOJ) are in the process of producing […]

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    Parole board sets 2043 hearing for Johnny Wall

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has scheduled a 2043 parole hearing for a doctor convicted of killing his ex-wife. The parole board told FOX 13 on Wednesday it has scheduled Johnny Brickman Wall’s parole hearing for April 2043. That will be the first time he will be able to ask for release from prison for the murder of Uta von Schwedler. A jury convicted Wall back in March of murder. He was sentenced to […]

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    Company claims FLDS children used in harvest weren’t employees

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a new court filing, a company accused of using hundreds of Fundamentalist LDS children to pick pecans on a southern Utah farm claims they weren’t employees. Paragon Contractors filed papers in federal court, arguing that it should not face sanctions for violating child labor laws. “It did not have the power to hire or fire any of the individuals, and could not have supervised or controlled work schedules or conditions of employment. Nor could Paragon […]

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    DABC has ‘questions’ about Starbucks liquor license

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s liquor control authority has put the brakes on Starbucks’ liquor license application, saying it has questions that may only be answered by the state legislature. At its monthly meeting, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said it was not prepared to take action on Starbucks’ request for a “master license.” Under the terms of the license, the coffee giant would pay more for one liquor license that would apply to five of its […]

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    New plan recommends homeless shelters be scattered around SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new plan favors breaking up Salt Lake City’s homeless shelters and scattering them across the city, and possibly Salt Lake County. The plan, unveiled Monday morning at a meeting of the Homeless Services Commission, would create smaller homeless shelters and scatter them around. Families with children would get their own shelter, while single people would be in their own buildings. It comes after months of study about what to do with the homeless around the Rio […]

  • A bomb squad responds in downtown Salt Lake City after an evacuation at a federal building. Courtesy: Brian Nelson

    Feds: Provo man brought ‘cricket bomb’ into SLC federal building Thursday

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have charged a 33-year-old Provo man, accusing him of bringing an explosive device into the federal building and causing its evacuation. Brandon Bushnell was charged Friday with unlawful possession of an explosive device in a federal building. An affidavit filed with the charge said Bushnell was at the Wallace Bennett Federal Building in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday for a hearing before the Social Security Administration. Security at the building discovered the device in […]

  • Robert Cameron Houston, in a 2006 jail booking mugshot from the Davis County Jail.

    Law students ask U.S. Supreme Court to take up teen killer’s life sentence

    SALT LAKE CITY — A law professor and his students are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether a life without parole sentence for a 17-year-old convicted killer is excessive. Robert Cameron Houston was sentenced to life without parole in 2007, when he was 17. He was convicted of raping and murdering Raechale Elton, who was a counselor at the youth home he was staying at. Houston has been appealing his sentence, arguing it is excessive for a juvenile. […]


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