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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    For better customer service, the DABC is sending some employees to wine school

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been a longstanding complaint at Utah liquor stores. You go looking for a bottle of wine and the employee can’t tell you anything about the thousands of bottles in the store. “Beers and liquors are one thing, but I don’t really know about wines,” said George Gamvroulas, a liquor store employee. Now, Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is working to change that by offering wine courses for some of its employees. The agency has hired […]

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    LGBT groups file lawsuit against Utah challenging ‘No Promo Homo’ law

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of gay rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the state of Utah challenging a law that forbids discussion of homosexuality in schools that might be construed as “advocacy.” The lawsuit was filed Friday night in federal court against the Utah State Board of Education and several school districts by the LGBT rights groups Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on behalf of students in public schools identified in court documents only […]

  • FLDS Church members leave federal court on Thursday after their leader, Lyle Jeffs, was released from custody. (Image by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    FLDS leader likens food stamp donation to PTA bake sale in religious freedom arguments

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a new court filing, a leader of the Fundamentalist LDS Church accused of food stamp fraud said prohibiting him from accepting donations to the Bishop’s Storehouse would burden his religious freedom rights. “If he is prohibited from being able to facilitate donations, then his religious rights are burdened. It would be akin to asking a PTA president to verify and reject any baked goods for the school bake sale that came from SNAP families or worse, […]

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    Trump supporters claim Utah is ‘throwing away’ vote by backing Evan McMullin

    LAS VEGAS — Polling that shows Utah has moved from being a solid-red Republican state to a battleground has surprised many, and also prompted some Trump backers to accuse Utah voters of “throwing away” their votes on third-party candidate Evan McMullin. One poll has McMullin leading Clinton and Trump in the Beehive State. Others have it a much narrower three-way race for Utah’s six Electoral College votes. “Utah?” Trump supporter and actor Scott Baio said in brief remarks to FOX 13 outside the Thomas […]

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    The new Eccles Theater installs a ‘Zion Ceiling’ so it can now serve booze

    SALT LAKE CITY — The new Eccles Theater has finally installed a “Zion Ceiling” and can now serve alcohol in its lobby, Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control confirmed to FOX 13. The multi-million dollar theater opens this week. Utah’s liquor control authority had previously refused to grant a full-service restaurant license to the theater because of a problem with the bistro area of the restaurant. As FOX 13 reported in September, the sweeping views of the lobby provided a […]

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    Utah’s now a battleground state and Hillary Clinton plans to put more resources into winning it

    LAS VEGAS — With new polling that shows once reliably Republican Utah is now a “battleground state,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager said they will pump more resources into winning it. “It doesn’t surprise me that people in Utah are leaving Donald Trump and are looking for other options,” Robby Mook said in an interview Wednesday with FOX 13 ahead of the presidential debate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Various polls show a three way race between Clinton, Trump and independent […]

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    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. could be planning run for Senate

    SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. is moving back to the Beehive State and could be planning a run for Senate. A report on the political website states Huntsman is considering a run for Orrin Hatch’s seat in 2018. Utah Policy cites sources saying he’s considering running as an Independent, not a Republican or Democrat. Hatch has said this is his last term but in recent interviews with Fox 13, he appeared to be hedging on […]

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    New poll has McMullin ahead of Clinton, one point below Trump

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new poll has independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin ahead of Hillary Clinton in Utah, and only one point below Donald Trump. The HeatStreet/Rasmussen poll released Monday showed McMullin polling at 29 percent, just below Trump’s 30 percent and head of Clinton at 28 percent. The poll is the latest to show an extremely close race in Utah between Trump, Clinton and McMullin. It is the latest example of how Utah, once a reliable red state, has […]

  • Su Chon, in a 2012 interview with FOX 13 after her confirmation by the Utah State Senate.

    Commission votes against retaining judge on November ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission has recommended against retaining a judge on the November ballot. In a 7-2 vote published in its voter guide, the commission said it did not support retaining Third District Court Judge Su Chon. “Judge Su Chon fails to meet the minimum performance standard for legal ability and scores well below the average of her district court peers in all other survey categories. Survey respondents focus on her perceived weakness in following legal […]

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    Judge won’t block November mail-in balloting in Navajo voting lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge will allow San Juan County to proceed with mail-in balloting for the November election, denying a request to implement changes to accommodate Navajo voters. In a ruling handed down Friday night, U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish declined to force changes in the last few weeks leading up to the election. However, she allowed the lawsuit by the Navajo Human Rights Commission (backed by the American Civil Liberties Union) to go forward. Judge Parrish […]

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    SLC Council to push LGBT nondiscrimination in public accommodations

    SALT LAKE CITY — A city councilman is pushing a new ordinance that would protect people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public accommodations. At a news conference put on by the Human Rights Campaign praising the city for its support for LGBT nondiscrimination, Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold announced his proposed ordinance that would ban discrimination in places like shops, restaurants and other services. “Really for me, public accommodation is about how do you […]

  • FLDS members John Wayman (left) and Seth Jeffs in jail booking mugshots provided to FOX 13.

    Judge won’t separate FLDS members in food stamp fraud trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has ruled that Fundamentalist LDS Church members John Wayman and Seth Jeffs will not be tried separately from nine other people in a massive food stamp fraud case. In an order issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart rejected defense requests to sever Wayman and Jeffs from the rest of the case and, alternatively, dismiss the indictment. “Defendants were indicted on February 17, 2016. Less than eight months have passed since the Indictment […]