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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.


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    Proposal would rewrite Utah drug laws in a major way

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are discussing a huge change in how Utah prosecutes drug offenses. In a meeting on prison relocation Wednesday, the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice unveiled a sweeping series of criminal justice reforms. The biggest change would be reducing simple drug possession from a third-degree felony, to a class A misdemeanor. “This is not final, but the bottom line is we need to find ways to get more drug possession offenders out of prison […]

  • Polygamy in Utah

    LDS Church acknowledges Joseph Smith married underage girl in new essays on polygamy

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a new series of essays, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addresses its history of polygamy. One essay acknowledges LDS Church founder Joseph Smith practiced polygamy, and married a girl who was just shy of her 15th birthday. “Most of those sealed to Joseph Smith were between 20 and 40 years of age at the time of their sealing to him. The oldest, Fanny Young, was 56 years old. The youngest was Helen […]

  • Fruits and Vegtables

    SLC has a “fruit share” program and it really works

    SALT LAKE CITY — More than 25,000 pounds of fruit has been collected for the city’s “FruitShare” program, going to help local food assistance programs. The program, run by City Hall, coordinates the donation of fruit from urban trees in an effort to prevent waste problems caused by rotting fruit on the ground. In a statement, the mayor’s office said more than 300 trees were harvested this year. People can register their trees to have the fruit picked and some […]

  • Utah State Hospital

    Courts keeping mentally ill inmates longer than law allows, audit claims

    SALT LAKE CITY — An audit of the Utah State Hospital has found that patients undergoing mental competency evaluations have been kept much longer than state law allows. The revelation was in an audit of Utah’s Department of Human Services budget that was presented to the Utah State Legislature’s Audit Subcommittee on Tuesday. It found that over the past five years, 64 patients had been kept for more than the state maximum one year stay. “The longest stay was just […]

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    What will downtown SLC look like in 25 years?

    SALT LAKE CITY — City leaders are envisioning a downtown core with 20,000 more residents and 25 percent more workers by 2040. To handle that, Salt Lake City planners have been creating a massive document that lays out some groundwork for downtown. The conceptual “Downtown Master Plan” focuses on the area from North Temple to 900 South and from I-15 to 200 East. “Not only is (downtown) a regional center and a major draw to the state, but it’s becoming […]

  • Hot Shots

    Racy calendar maker issues statement on Utah National Guard flap

    SALT LAKE CITY — The maker of the risque swimsuit calendar that used state equipment and personnel in a shoot at Camp Williams issued a statement on the issue. In a statement to FOX 13 on Sunday, the “Hot Shots Calendar” avoided stepping into the controversy that has ensnared both the Utah National Guard and Utah Department of Public Safety. “It’s harmless pin-up entertainment that over the years has helped raise awareness and donations for injured veteran charities in both […]

  • Feds to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah. In a videotaped statement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “marriage equality will be the law in those states” the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals. The nation’s top court rejected Utah’s appeal of Amendment 3. “I am pleased to announce that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages now taking place in the affected states, and […]

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    Risqué swimsuit calendar prompts investigation by Utah National Guard

    UPDATE: The Utah Department of Public Safety has launched its own investigation into the “Hot Shots” calendar shoot focusing on the involvement of a pair of its officers, and the Utah National Guard has confirmed that Camp Williams and personnel were used in the shoot. Details on that investigation here. The makers of the calendar have now released a statement regarding the shoot, click here for details and the full statement. ORIGINAL STORY: BLUFFDALE — The Utah National Guard confirmed […]

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    Utah National Guard confirms Camp Williams used in racy calendar shoot

    UPDATE: Utah National Guard officials have confirmed that personnel and Camp Williams were used during the calendar shoot. FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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    Federal judge tosses part of lawsuit over Four Corners raid

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has dismissed parts of a lawsuit filed over a Blanding man’s death following a federal raid for ancient Indian artifacts. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby dismissed a number of claims filed by the estate of Dr. James Redd, who killed himself following a government raid over Native American artifacts back in 2009. The judge dismissed a BLM agent from the lawsuit, finding he was given immunity […]

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune 
Former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff makes his initial court appearance in Judge Royal's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014, on charges of receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

    Shurtleff asks judge to toss case against him

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is asking a judge to dismiss the criminal charges against him, accusing prosecutors of not providing enough detail about the corruption case. In a filing on Wednesday, Shurtleff asked 3rd District Court Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills to dismiss the case, claiming prosecutors have provided “no coherent or at best an ambiguous theory” of his alleged wrongdoing. “The Defendant is forced to prepare his defense without having sufficient notice of the charges […]

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    Utah misses appearance deadline in polygamy case

    UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, the Utah Attorney General’s Office formally filed its notice of appearance in the case. ORIGINAL STORY: SALT LAKE CITY — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Utah has failed to comply with guidelines to appeal a judge’s ruling that essentially decriminalized polygamy in the state. In a notice filed Wednesday morning, the federal appeals court said the Utah Attorney General’s Office has failed to enter a notice of appearance, and gave the state 10 […]

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