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
  • Every grocery and convenience store will need a liquor license to sell beer under a new Utah law

    SALT LAKE CITY — Under a new law passed by the legislature, every single grocery and convenience store in Utah that wants to sell beer will have to apply for a liquor license. They will apply for “off-premise” beer licenses that will subject them to new regulations from Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The DABC said it will begin taking applications in July, when the law takes effect. “The licenses were previously local and now with the new legislation, […]

  • Mitt Romney hits the campaign trail after Utah GOP convention loss

    LEHI, Utah — Mitt Romney was mobbed by well-wishers as he strolled through Thanksgiving Point’s Tulip Festival. He shook hands and posed for pictures during the campaign stop, held two days after his loss at the Utah Republican Party’s convention. “We appreciate what you do!” a woman gushed as she shook Romney’s hand. “Oh, thank you so much,” he replied. “Vote in the primary, it comes at the end of June!” “OK!” she replied. It was a stark contrast to […]

  • West Wendover votes to reject recreational marijuana sales, mayor vetoes it

    WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — A divided city council voted to effectively reject recreational marijuana sales, only to have the mayor abruptly veto that decision. It was a surprise twist on an already dramatic council meeting, leaving the future of recreational cannabis sales on the Utah-Nevada border in limbo. The West Wendover City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to not consider an ordinance that would expand marijuana to allow for recreational sales in the community. It came after lengthy public comment, […]

  • Mitt Romney will face a primary election in bid for U.S. Senate seat after Utah GOP convention

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Mitt Romney was forced into a primary election after coming in second at the Utah Republican Party state convention on Saturday. After two rounds of voting, Romney was forced into a primary with Rep. Mike Kennedy, R-Alpine. Kennedy bested Romney with 1,642 votes to 1,585 (with Kennedy capturing 50% of the vote to Romney’s 49%). Speaking to reporters after the convention, Romney tried to strike an upbeat tone. “I’m delighted with the outcome. Did very, […]

  • Latest numbers indicate medical marijuana will be on the November ballot in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Medical marijuana will likely be on the ballot in Utah in November. New numbers obtained from the Lt. Governor’s Office show the Utah Patients Coalition has met the threshold for signatures required to put the question of medical marijuana to Utah voters this November. The numbers indicate the group has validated a sufficient number of signatures in 27 of Utah’s 29 senate districts. They only needed 26 districts to qualify and a minimum of 113,000 signatures. […]

  • Audit backs SLC PD over Nurse Wubbels incident, criticizes it on religious accommodations

    SALT LAKE CITY – A new state audit backs how the Salt Lake City Police Department handled its internal investigation into the Nurse Wubbels incident but criticizes the agency’s handling of employees’ religious beliefs and secondary employment. The audit, released Tuesday, said the SLCPD handled its internal affairs investigation into the high-profile incident in a timely manner and consistent with its policies. “Much of the public’s apparent discontent with the Wubbels complaint seemed to center on the public’s belief that […]

  • You may get to vote on medical marijuana, healthcare, ballot issues and redistricting

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert held a ceremonial bill signing before hundreds of excited elementary school children to keep up his end of a bargain. It was part of a complex tax deal struck in the final days of the Utah State Legislature that kicks as much as $600 million over the next few years to education by hiking property taxes (with some people also seeing a lowering of income tax). There will also be an opinion question on […]

  • Utah State Board of Education updates anti-bullying policies to include LGBTQ kids

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Board of Education has updated its anti-bullying policies to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer children. A directive was issued by the board last week to every single school district in the state, expanding the discrimination policy. It also instructs districts to conduct trainings and to report bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “The State Board took an important step to recognize the dignity of LGBTQ students. This is the […]

  • AMBER Alert to be expanded into tribal lands

    President Trump has signed a bill that will expand the ability for the AMBER Alert to reach tribal lands, potentially saving the lives of Native American children. The 23rd Navajo Nation Council said Friday that Mr. Trump signed the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, which makes tribes eligible for grants to expand AMBER Alerts in Native American reservations. Such areas often have underserved communications systems. The bill also provides for increased training resources for tribes. Ashlynne, 11, […]

  • Once a closed polygamous border town, Hildale’s mayor wants to open it up to business and tourism

    SALT LAKE CITY — Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop is busy putting out fires and planning for the future. “There’s so much to handle!” she said with a chuckle. Mayor Jessop spoke to FOX 13 after leaving a meeting with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox on Thursday about health care coverage for residents on the Utah-Arizona border. She’s also been pushing for state resources to help Hildale. Mayor Jessop’s election is historic. She is the first woman and the first ex-Fundamentalist LDS […]

  • Kaysville cops burned saving man who set himself on fire speak out

    KAYSVILLE, Utah -- Four police officers who were burned while rescuing a suicidal man who set himself on fire inside a gas station are speaking about the experience.

  • Rep. Lynn Hemingway won’t seek re-election to Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Millcreek, is dropping his re-election bid. In an announcement released through the House Minority Caucus, Rep. Hemingway said his wife continues to be in a fragile medical condition so he has opted to drop out of the race. His wife suffered “an unexpected health decline while visiting family in New York at the beginning of the year. Because of the immediate risk to her health, she underwent a series of major surgeries before […]