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Ben Winslow is a multi-media journalist for Fox 13 News, experimenting with new technologies and new ways of disseminating news stories across multiple platforms (you can follow him on Twitter @BenWinslow).

Prior to joining the Fox 13 news team, he worked at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio. Winslow has covered some of Utah's biggest news stories, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, issues surrounding polygamy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and the Lori Hacking and Destiny Norton murder cases. He has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award, Utah Broadcaster's Assocation awards and local SPJ awards.

Winslow volunteers on the board of the Utah Headliner's Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • immigration

    Utah settles immigration lawsuit over ‘show me your papers’ law

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU have settled a lawsuit over a strict immigration law passed by the state legislature. The settlement, announced on Tuesday, strikes key provisions of Utah’s law — including prohibiting police officers from primarily stopping and asking someone’s immigration status. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office filed the settlement in federal court on Tuesday, asking a judge to approve it. Read the proposed settlement here: “After three long years, it’s […]

  • From left to right: Danny Gallegos, Braden Emerson and Levi Collins. Courtesy of Salt Lake City police

    Missing man was FBI informant, feds claim in court docs

    SALT LAKE CITY — New clues have emerged in the disappearance of three men who left behind a bloody SUV abandoned on the street. In court records, one of the missing men was revealed to have been a drug dealer and FBI informant. The revelation came as a result of a jewelry store owner’s arrest on money laundering charges. In a hearing for 27-year-old Justin Christopher on Tuesday, federal prosecutors revealed new details surrounding the disappearances of Danny “Kiko” Gallegos, […]

  • Plaintiffs Tony Milner and Matthew Barraza leave federal court on Wednesday after arguments in a lawsuit over recognizing same-sex marriages in Utah.

    Utah same-sex marriage cases officially over after legal fees settled

    SALT LAKE CITY — The legal fight over same-sex marriage has officially ended with lawyers for the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU reaching a settlement over legal fees. A preliminary injunction, forcing the state to recognize same-sex marriage, was also made permanent. In filings in federal court here in Utah and before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the ACLU dropped its fight for nearly $200,000 in attorney’s fees for its lawsuit over same-sex marriage […]

  • Massive ‘Cairns’ development aims to create urban core in suburban Sandy

    SANDY — City leaders broke ground on a multi-billion dollar downtown development project that attempts to create an urban core in this suburban community. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, community and business leaders cheered the launch of “The Cairns,” which will stretch from 9000 S. to 11400 S., and from I-15 to just west of State Street. The name was chosen as a reference to the rock pilings that indicate one is headed in the right direction, city […]

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    Judge won’t reconsider FLDS ‘Hobby Lobby’ ruling

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is refusing to reconsider a decision to allow a member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church to refuse to answer questions, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in theĀ “Hobby Lobby” case. In a ruling handed down last week and obtained by FOX 13, U.S. District Court Judge David Sam rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s request to reconsider his decision. Read the ruling here: Fundamentalist LDS Church member Vergel Steed refused to answer […]

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    Alta snowboard ban appealed

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group of snowboarders who fought Alta’s ban on snowboarders are appealing a judge’s decision tossing their lawsuit. In court documents obtained Monday by FOX 13, the group “Wasatch Equality” filed notice that it would appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Read the filing here: Wasatch Equality sued Alta and the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that the ski resort’s ban on snowboarders violates their Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. […]

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    Polygamous trust overseer strikes plea deal on prostitution charge

    TAYLORSVILLE — The court-appointed accountant over the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s real-estate holdings arm has struck a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute. Bruce Wisan did not appear in Taylorsville Justice Court on Friday. However, his attorney said he entered a no contest plea in abeyance to the misdemeanor charge. A no contest plea means Wisan acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him, but he does not admit guilt. It is treated as a conviction by […]

  • Crime isn’t paying enough in Utah, so that may mean budget cuts

    SALT LAKE CITY — An unintended consequence in the drop in Utah’s crime rate could mean budget cuts for agencies that help crime victims, addicts and children in the court system. At a meeting of the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday morning, lawmakers got some bad news: surcharges collected from many traffic and misdemeanor cases are dropping. “Everybody we’re talking to is screaming bloody murder that life is ending as they know it because they can’t […]

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune 
Former Utah attorney general John Swallow sits in Judge Royal Hansen's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014, before his first appearance in court. He and former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff are charged with receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

    New charge filed against former Utah AG John Swallow

    SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors have filed a new charge against former Utah Attorney General John Swallow. On Thursday, the Salt Lake County District Attorney filed a second-degree felony charge of accepting a gift. He previously faced a similar charge. Read the new charging documents here: Swallow and former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff face criminal charges in a long-running corruption investigation. The two are accused of soliciting donations and assistance from people facing investigation by the Utah Attorney General’s […]

  • Firing squad at the Utah State Prison.

    The firing squad could be coming back to Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers have given a preliminary nod to bringing back the firing squad as a method of execution in Utah. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, proposed the bill that would bring back the firing squad only in the event that lethal injection was not available. Ray told the Utah State Legislature’s interim law enforcement and criminal justice committee that he was being proactive. “It gives us some maneuverability,” Ray told the committee. Lethal injection has come under fire […]

  • At least 3 inmates in Utah want to die by firing squad

    The Utah Department of Corrections provided a list to FOX 13 of death-row inmates and the method of execution they have chosen. At least three inmates have been “grandfathered-in” to die by firing squad prior to the law changing in 2003. Michael Anthony Archuleta, 52 Sentenced to death: 12/21/1989 Method: Lethal injection (assigned after he did not select a method) Douglas Stewart Carter, 59 Sentenced to death: 12/27/1985 (overturned in 1989) Resentenced to death: 01/27/1992 Method: Lethal injection (assigned after […]

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune 
Former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff using crutches looks for a place to sit in Judge Royal Hansen's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014.  Shurtleff and Utah former attorney general John Swallow are charged with receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

    Prosecutor drops racketeering charge against Mark Shurtleff

    SALT LAKE CITY – Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings has dropped a racketeering charge against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. In a filing in 3rd District Court on Wednesday, Rawlings said he is dismissing it without prejudice — meaning it can be refiled. However, he said, “in reviewing the pleadings of defense counsel and controlling case law, has determined at this time that the interests of justice weigh in favor of moving this honorable court to dismiss count 1 […]


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