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
  • Utah Supreme Court upholds access to rivers and streams

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has upheld public access to streams and rivers, siding with an advocacy group on entry to the waterways. In a ruling published Thursday night, the state’s top court sided with Utah Stream Access Coalition in a lawsuit against private property owners along the Weber River. USAC sued, hoping to block property owners from cutting off their ability to get in the water along stretches of the river. The Utah Supreme Court upheld […]

  • Utah Supreme Court won’t let convicted cop killer withdraw guilty pleas

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has refused to let convicted cop killer Curtis Allgier withdraw his guilty pleas in the death of a corrections officer. In a ruling published Thursday night, the state’s top court rejected Allgier’s attempts to undo his guilty pleas to aggravated murder, aggravated escape and robbery. Allgier is serving a life sentence for the 2007 murder of Utah Dept. of Corrections officer Stephen Anderson. “When Mr. Allgier entered his plea, he was informed […]

  • Utah Supreme Court upholds guilty plea in BYU professor’s murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court will not allow a man to withdraw his guilty plea in the 2009 murder of a retired Brigham Young University professor. In a ruling handed down Wednesday night, the state’s top court rejected an appeal by Benjamin Rettig, who ultimately pleaded guilty to the murder of Kay Mortensen. Rettig sought to change his guilty plea for the slaying just before he was sentenced and got a new lawyer, who then withdrew that […]

  • Utah could have dueling lawsuits over the opioid epidemic

    SALT LAKE CITY — House Speaker Greg Hughes has been drafting counties across Utah to join together and sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid epidemic. But the effort might be stepping on the toes of the Utah Attorney General’s Office, which is taking a different tactic on potential litigation. Speaker Hughes, R-Draper, said in a recent interview with FOX 13 that he has seen the impact of the opioid epidemic as “Operation Rio Grande” is carried out. “The fountainhead of […]

  • National Park Service extends public comment on raising park entrance fees

    SALT LAKE CITY — The National Park Service has extended the public comment period for a proposal to significantly hike the entry fee to get into some national parks. The original comment period was scheduled to end on Thursday. However, the NPS extended it until Dec. 22. The controversial proposal would raise fees to as much as $70 per vehicle for 17 national parks, including Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands and Zion national parks here in Utah. The NPS said it would […]

  • Industry groups want .05 DUI law repealed, but lawmakers may be unwilling

    SALT LAKE CITY — Hospitality and tourism industry groups are once again pushing for a repeal Utah’s controversial .05 DUI law, but they are finding some reticence among lawmakers. The American Beverage Institute made a return trip to Utah’s Capitol Hill last week, appearing before the House Minority Caucus to make a case for a repeal. They faced some pushback from senior lawmakers, still smarting from an ad that ran earlier this year suggesting they were more dangerous than someone […]

  • Animal rights activists disrupt Utah governor’s turkey pardon

    SALT LAKE CITY — Animal rights activists disrupted Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s annual turkey pardon event. The event, traditional for the governor, took place in front of farmers and school children who gathered on the Capitol Plaza with Utah Agriculture Commissioner LuAnn Adams. The activists disrupted Norbest CEO Matthew Cook’s prepared remarks. “I grew up on a turkey ranch down in Moroni,” said Cook, describing life growing up around turkeys. “Those are great things for me and great memories in […]

  • Nevada makes millions on marijuana, but West Wendover’s weed plans hit a hiccup

    WEST WENDOVER, Nevada — This border town’s plans to open a marijuana dispensary within city limits have hit a snag, which could delay a planned opening in early 2018. In an interview with FOX 13, West Wendover Mayor Daniel Corona said the city ran into a “hiccup” with how they awarded a dispensary license. “We did the process that we were told and now the state is saying that’s not the correct process,” he said. The license awarded to Mesquite-based […]

  • Feds won’t seek the death penalty for Utah man charged in cruise ship murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have opted not to seek the death penalty against a St. George man accused of killing his wife aboard a cruise ship in Alaska. The decision to not seek to execute Kenneth Manzanares — should he be convicted — was announced in a court filing obtained by FOX 13 on Friday night. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Alaska notified the judge it had made the decision after consultation with the U.S. Department of Justice. […]

  • Teen accused of killing West Valley City girl competent to proceed

    SALT LAKE CITY — A juvenile court judge has ruled a 17-year-old boy accused of raping and killing a 12-year-old West Valley City girl is mentally competent to proceed toward a trial. In a ruling handed down Friday, 3rd District Juvenile Court Judge James Michie said the teen “suffers from one or more mental disorders, intellectual disabilities or related conditions.” “Despite these limitations, the overall preponderance of the evidence has shown that he has attained legal and adequate sufficient degree […]

  • Utah’s ‘Ag Gag’ law could cost taxpayers about $350,000

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office and animal welfare groups are settling a lawsuit over the state’s controversial “Ag Gag” law for about $350,000. The law, which prohibited photography or video inside an agricultural operation, was struck down in July as a violation of the First Amendment. In a filing in U.S. District Court on Friday obtained by FOX 13, attorneys for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Utah Animal […]

  • Utah’s ACLU chapter just saw a 400% spike in membership

    SALT LAKE CITY — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is reporting a 400-percent increase in membership in the past year. In a report from its annual membership meeting, the civil liberties legal group said it went from about 1,500 members to 7,400 since November 2016. “In the last year, more new members joined the ACLU in Utah than our previous total membership—and the interest keeps growing. We appreciate this continued support and passion for the work we do […]