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’s governor says he will sign bill lowering DUI level to .05, the lowest in the nation

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert said he will sign a bill lowering Utah’s DUI level from .08 to .05, making it the lowest in the nation. Speaking to reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED, the governor announced his intention to sign House Bill 155 into law. “This new law will save lives,” the governor said, defending the policy shift. However, Gov. Herbert said he would call a special session to address “unintended consequences” of the […]

  • One of Utah’s dry cities will vote on whether to allow alcohol sales

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s remaining “dry” cities will ask its voters to decide whether to allow alcohol sales. In a unanimous vote, the Blanding City Council last week approved putting a question on the November ballot to allow beer and wine sales within city limits. It is the first time in 34 years the community in Utah’s Four Corners area (with a population of about 3,500) has addressed alcohol sales. “I think you’re seeing a combination of […]

  • 71% of Salt Lake City’s roofs could have solar panels on them

    SALT LAKE CITY — A report by Internet giant Google claims that 71 percent of the city’s rooftops could support solar panels. If they did, the impact to the air and climate could be massive. Google’s Project Sunroof analyzed the area and found 43,800 rooftops of homes and business could support solar panels. That’s about 78 million square feet of rooftop space. Google’s Project Sunroof claims that if all those solar panels were put in place, it would remove 403,000 […]

  • It’s now illegal to harass livestock with a drone in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s now a crime to harass livestock with a drone in Utah. House Bill 217, sponsored by Rep. Scott Chew, R-Jensen, makes it a misdemeanor crime if you use unmanned aircraft, an all-terrain vehicle, or a dog to harass livestock. The bill was among 51 signed into law on Tuesday by Governor Gary Herbert. Out of the 535 bills passed by the Utah State Legislature, the governor has so far signed 234 into law. Among the […]

  • Restaurant groups meet with Governor Herbert, ask him to veto DUI bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of a pair of restaurant industry groups met with Utah Governor Gary Herbert and urged him to veto a bill that would make the state’s drunk driving level the lowest in the nation. In back-to-back meetings on Tuesday, members of the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association (SLARA) and the Utah Restaurant Association met with the governor to share their concerns about House Bill 155. It would lower Utah’s blood alcohol content level from a .08 national standard […]

  • Judge decides who’s an expert on ‘Deadpool’ in lawsuit over Utah liquor law

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has decided who can be an expert on “Deadpool” and alcohol in an ongoing lawsuit against the state of Utah. In an order issued Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer rejected many of Brewvies’ requests for expert witnesses to be considered. One of them was to testify about artistic merits of “Deadpool.” “While (Dr. Kyle) Bishop may be qualified to opine ‘regarding the tone, content and artistic value of Deadpool,’ his opinion is not […]

  • Utah governor repeals law forbidding ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill repealing a law forbidding discussion of anything construed as “promotion” of homosexuality in schools. The governor quietly signed Senate Bill 196 on Monday. It repeals a law gay rights groups have dubbed “No Promo Homo.” It may also get the state out of a lawsuit. “This is a great day for LGBTQ students in Utah. We applaud Governor Herbert for his signature,” said Equality Utah director Troy Williams […]

  • Medical marijuana advocates begin the process to put it on the 2018 ballot in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Advocates for medical cannabis are beginning the process to put the on the 2018 ballot for Utah voters to decide. After a legislative session that saw only a handful of bills pass, patient advocates who want a more robust medical marijuana program told FOX 13 they plan to begin the process next month for a ballot initiative. “We are really, honestly answering a demand,” said Christine Stenquist of Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE). […]

  • Settlement may be close in lawsuit over mentally ill inmates kept in jails

    SALT LAKE CITY — A lawsuit against the state of Utah over mentally ill inmates being kept in jails without any kind of treatment may be close to being settled. That’s because the Utah State Legislature has funded $3 million to address the problem. FOX 13 first reported last year that dozens of mentally ill inmates were suing the state after they were arrested for crimes, then ordered to the state mental hospital to be restored to competency. However, a […]

  • New Utah law decides who gets your social media accounts after you die

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that helps decide who gets your social media accounts after you die. House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George, allows you to decide who will inherit your “digital assets” like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email or other accounts when you pass on. The bill allows heirs to an estate to take control of them. Under the bill, your digital assets are treated just like […]

  • Utah responds to ‘Deadpool’ lawsuit, says alcohol and sexual content an ‘explosive combination’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over liquor and “Deadpool,” insisting it is not suppressing First Amendment-protected ideas or expression, “only alcohol regulation aimed at decreasing adverse secondary effects.” In a court filing obtained by FOX 13, the Utah Attorney General’s Office asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit leveled by Brewvies. The Salt Lake City movie theater, which serves alcohol, sued the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control […]

  • Top NSA official rejects claims they spied on everyone in SLC during the 2002 Olympics

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the top officials in the National Security Agency is denying that they spied on anyone and everyone in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympics. In a rare, sworn declaration filed in federal court and obtained by FOX 13, NSA Director of Operations Wayne Murphy rejected the allegations of “blanket” surveillance leveled in a lawsuit against the agency. “Neither the PSP (President’s Surveillance Program) nor any other NSA intelligence-gathering activity, at any time has […]