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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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    Rape charge added in Kailey Vijil murder case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A 15-year-old boy accused of killing 12-year-old Kailey Vijil appeared in juvenile court to face a new charge accusing him of first-degree felony rape of a child. Appearing in handcuffs, Third District Juvenile Court Judge James Michie told the boy why he was shackled. “I know you’re not used to being restrained when you come into court and I know you’ve asked why you’re restrained today. Because of the serious nature of the charges, that’s why I’ve ordered […]

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    ACLU says Utah is failing you on your right to a lawyer

    SALT LAKE CITY — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is calling on the state to take oversight of the criminal defense system for poor defendants, saying the current system is plagued with problems. At a news conference Tuesday, the civil rights legal group said there is no state control over who provides criminal defense attorneys to people who can’t afford a lawyer. You have a constitutional right to an attorney, but the ACLU claims that public defense attorneys […]

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    Governor’s office wants changes at DABC

    SALT LAKE CITY — The governor’s office has released a highly anticipated report on problems within Utah’s liquor control agency. In a summary given to FOX 13, the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget said it found three areas where the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control could improve operations and customer service. The summary states: Improved communication and trust between DABC management and individual stores An increased emphasis will be placed on the training role of regional managers to […]

  • San Juan Co. Commissioner Phil Lyman speaks to reporters outside the Constitutional Defense Council meeting.

    San Juan County Commissioner wants new trial for Recapture Canyon ride

    SALT LAKE CITY — San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman is asking for a new trial over his protest ride in Recapture Canyon. “The interest of justice and principles of due process require a new trial in this case because newly discovered exculpatory evidence demonstrates that Mr. Lyman was on an R.S. 2477 right-of-way that could not be closed to off-road vehicles by the BLM,” his lawyer, Peter Stirba, writes in a court filing. “Accordingly, under well-settled principles governing newly discovered […]

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    Investigations under way into SLC mayor’s race

    SALT LAKE CITY — A series of investigations are under way into the mayor’s race, including one FOX 13 has confirmed is being conducted by the Utah Attorney General’s Office. The political action committee Utahns for Independent Government put up billboards for every candidate in the Salt Lake City mayor’s race — with the exception of incumbent Mayor Ralph Becker. He has been outspoken in his opposition to billboards, including securing a moratorium on electronic billboards within the city. The […]

  • Polygamist Kody Brown (center) and his wives (left to right) Janelle, Meri, Robyn and Christine. (Image courtesy TLC)

    ‘Sister Wives’ point to same-sex marriage in fighting Utah’s polygamy appeal

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a court filing challenging Utah’s appeal of a judge’s decision to strike down part of the state’s polygamy ban, reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives point to the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling on same-sex marriage. In a response filed with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court in Denver, Kody Brown and his wives, Meri, Janelle, Christine and Robyn ask the judges to reject the state’s appeal. They cite cases involving same-sex marriage (United […]

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    Utah Supreme Court orders release of Envision Ogden docs

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has issued a ruling in a public records battle, ordering the release of documents related to Envision Ogden. The state’s top court ordered the Utah Attorney General’s Office to release documents to Daniel Schroeder, a Weber State University professor who sought bank records and other information about Envision Ogden, a non-profit founded in 2007 by then-Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey to promote business and recreation in the city. Schroeder alleged money had been funneled […]

  • Cases of mini-bottles at the DABC's club warehouse in Salt Lake City. (Photo by Ben Winslow)

    Mini-bottles could make a comeback in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s liquor control authority is considering whether to allow local wineries and distilleries to sell mini-bottles, bringing the tiny bottles of booze back after a decades-long absence. At its monthly meeting, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission considered a change to its rules to allow minis to return. It follows a request by local wineries and distilleries to sell them in their store-run liquor stores, known as “Type 5 Package Agencies.” “In historical information, […]

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    Delta to offer nonstop flight from SLC to London

    SALT LAKE CITY — Delta Airlines is planning to offer a nonstop flight to London, the company announced on Tuesday. In a statement, Delta said it was partnering with Virgin Atlantic Airways to offer nonstop service from New York-JFK to Edinburgh and Salt Lake City to London Heathrow, both beginning May 2016. Delta said the SLC-London flight will be Delta’s eighth U.S. destination from Heathrow and the only nonstop flight between London and the mountain west. The Salt Lake City-Heathrow […]

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    Man charged in cyber attack on Overstock.com

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have leveled criminal charges against an Israeli man accused of a cyber attack on Utah-based Overstock.com. Kirill Alekseyevich Chudinov is facing computer fraud-related charges stemming from a Direct Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on Overstock.com last year. The bombardment of requests cost the company more than $450,000, court documents claimed. Chudinov was arrested by FBI agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York earlier this month. During a court appearance in Salt […]

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    Outdoor Retailer show to stay in SLC through 2018

    SALT LAKE CITY — The massive Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer Markets has decided to stay in Utah. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams announced the huge convention and expo will be staying at the Salt Palace through 2018 during a news conference Monday. It has been in Utah for nearly 20 years now. “Salt Lake, and the State of Utah have proven to be wonderful hosts to the Outdoor Industry and to Outdoor Retailer over the years,” Marisa Nicholson, […]

  • San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman leaves federal court on Dec. 23, 2014.

    Prosecutors want jail time for commissioner in Recapture Canyon protest ride

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors are asking for jail time for a San Juan County commissioner convicted of his role in a protest ride in Recapture Canyon. In court filings obtained by FOX 13 on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah asked for incarceration for Commissioner Phil Lyman and his co-defendant, Monte Wells. Federal prosecutors also asked for more than $95,000 in fines. “Instead of choosing any one or more of these numerous legally-permissible mechanisms to express their […]


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