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
  • Considering a trip to Nevada to buy recreational marijuana? What you need to know

    With recreational marijuana sales beginning in Nevada on July 1, many people from surrounding states like Utah, California, Arizona and Idaho are expected to make a run for the border. As FOX 13 reported back in May, the Utah-Nevada border towns of West Wendover and Mesquite are both contemplating recreational marijuana sales. Some political leaders in both communities believe it could be an economic boom. RELATED: Utah doesn’t plan special enforcement over Nevada recreational marijuana In covering this issue, we’ve […]

  • Nevada plans recreational marijuana sales July 1, Utah doesn’t plan special enforcement

    SALT LAKE CITY — Recreational marijuana sales are expected to begin in Nevada on July 1, but they won’t likely be anywhere near the border with Utah. A spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Taxation, which will oversee recreational cannabis sales in that state, told FOX 13 on Friday it still intended to allow sales to begin next week. It follows a legal challenge by the liquor industry, which has sought to get involved in recreational marijuana sales. (The judge […]

  • Ex-West Jordan cop wins $2.7 million in lawsuit over retaliation for sexual harassment

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal jury has awarded a former West Jordan police officer nearly $3 million in damages over his claims that criminal charges were leveled against him as retaliation for sexual harassment claims. “This jury verdict is the final stage of vindication for the fact I didn’t commit the crimes at all,” Aaron Jensen told FOX 13 on Thursday. In 2009, Jensen accused colleagues at the West Jordan Police Department of sexual harassment. They repeatedly insinuated he […]

  • SL County mayor asks DABC to move Pioneer Park area liquor store

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Ben McAdams is asking Utah’s alcohol control authority to consider relocating its downtown liquor store. It’s in response to the homeless crisis happening in downtown. In a letter to Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chairman John Nielsen, the Salt Lake County mayor said relocating the store at 400 South and 200 West would help curb substance abuse problems around the downtown shelters. Read the mayor’s letter here: It may be easier said than […]

  • Utah Supreme Court rules against environmentalists over refinery expansion

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has ruled against environmental groups seeking to block a Woods Cross refinery from expanding. In a ruling handed down this week, the state’s top court rejected the lawsuit brought by Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and Friends of the Great Salt Lake against Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality. In arguments last year, the environmental groups sought to challenge the permit granted to Holly Refinery to expand. In the ruling, Utah Supreme […]

  • Utah’s governor says fireworks ban ‘remains to be seen’

    SALT LAKE CITY — As wildfires rage across the state, Utah authorities are bracing for more as fireworks go on sale. Speaking to reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED, Governor Gary Herbert urged Utahns to use caution when recreating outdoors this year. He began his news conference announcing the Brian Head Fire has grown to more than 11,000 acres and evacuated another 400 homes in Garfield County. The Iron County town of Brian Head remains evacuated. The governor […]

  • The Utah State Legislature is taking a sober look at the end of 3.2 beer

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature is beginning to imagine a world without 3.2 beer. At a meeting Wednesday of the legislature’s Business & Labor Interim Committee, they took up the subject as more states have abandoned laws prohibiting stronger beers from being sold in their states. “One of the questions that the legislature will face is whether or not to change the definition of beer,” Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Executive Director Sal Petilos told the […]

  • Tourism, restaurant groups worry about impact of Utah’s new .05 DUI law

    SALT LAKE CITY — Tourism and restaurant industry groups expressed worry that Utah’s controversial .05 DUI law might scare people away. Speaking to the Utah State Legislature’s Transportation Interim Committee, they acknowledged no hard data from the law’s passage, but did worry they were beginning to see a negative impact. Kaitlin Eskelson of the Utah Tourism Industry Association said room tax revenues were down slightly year-over-year. She also said new surveys showed Utah had received a lot of bad press […]

  • New charges filed against FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal grand jury has issued a new indictment against Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs. Federal prosecutors added a “failure to appear” charge over his escape from home confinement last year. No court appearance has been scheduled yet, as he has not been returned to Utah. As FOX 13 first reported last year, the FBI believes Jeffs used olive oil to slip out of a GPS monitoring device while on home confinement. He was arrested […]

  • Lawsuit filed against Utah over special election to replace Chaffetz

    SALT LAKE CITY — A would-be candidate who wants to be on the ballot to replace resigning Congressman Jason Chaffetz has filed a lawsuit against the state. The United Utah Party sued Lt. Governor Spencer Cox over Jim Bennett being blocked from being a “provisional” candidate while it waits certification as a political party from the Utah State Elections Office. “Not only has the Utah Elections Office refused to allow Bennett to file, it also has not yet certified the […]

  • Power struggle emerges over special election to replace Chaffetz in congress

    SALT LAKE CITY — A power struggle has emerged between the Utah State Legislature and Governor Gary Herbert over the special election to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz. In a rare joint meeting of House Republicans and Democrats, they raised objections to what they called a “separation of powers” issue between lawmakers and the governor. They worried that with campaigns already under way, litigation and court delays could upend the special election and leave Utah’s Third Congressional District seat unfilled. “We […]

  • Gov. Herbert: weed torch sparked massive Brian Head wildfire

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert revealed that a weed torch sparked the massive Brian Head Fire, which has evacuated the southern Utah town. In a series of tweets, the governor said he was meeting with emergency management officials and firefighters. He disclosed that a weed torch in dry conditions sparked the blaze. Experts are confirming the #BrianHeadFire was started by a weed torch, used in dry conditions. A good reminder to be #firewise. #utpol — Gov. […]