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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
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy greets attendees of the Utah State Bar's annual convention in Sun Valley, Idaho.

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy references same-sex marriage in speech to Utah lawyers

    SUN VALLEY, Idaho – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy appeared to make subtle references to his historic ruling on same-sex marriage during a speech on the evolution of the law. Addressing the Utah State Bar’s annual convention at the resort on Thursday, Justice Kennedy spoke primarily on the history of the Magna Carta, the founding document that established the rule of law 800 years ago. “For you young people, I know on your next date or get-together, you’re going […]

  • Local troopers maintain ‘perimeter presence’ at data center as part of contract with NSA

    BLUFFDALE, Utah — The National Security Agency is paying the Utah Department of Public Safety to park a Highway Patrol trooper at the gates to their facility near Bluffdale. The contract is for about $1 million a year, or roughly $50 an hour, to set up what DPS calls a “perimeter presence” around the NSA data center. The NSA said it’s not a security contract, as the facility has its own personnel for that purpose. The local troopers are just […]

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    Two blocks from LDS Church headquarters, ‘The Book of Mormon’ musical premieres

    SALT LAKE CITY — Crowds poured into the Capitol Theatre to see “The Book of Mormon” in Utah, the first time the smash-hit musical has played here. On both sides of the stage, people were excited and curious about how it was going to play in the global headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The theatre itself is two blocks away from Temple Square. “I think it’s about time that we brought it here,” said Ian Liberto, […]

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    ‘Book of Mormon’ musical to open in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — Just two blocks from the global headquarters of the Mormon faith, the smash-hit musical “Book of Mormon” will open at the Capitol Theatre. The show has been sold out for months, with many eagerly anticipating a chance to see the production (in “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” as the musical describes it) so close to Temple Square. The award-winning musical, about Mormon missionaries in Africa, will premiere Tuesday night. But how receptive Utah audiences will be remains […]

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    Meagan Grunwald seeks new trial, claims court was biased

    UTAH COUNTY — Meagan Grunwald, convicted for her role in the murder of a Utah County Sheriff’s deputy and the shooting of another, has requested the courts she be given a new trial. According to court documents filed July 17, Grunwald asserts that the court’s comments at sentencing infringed upon her right to a fair trial, as those comments demonstrate the court was not impartial and operated under a bias from outside the proceedings of the case. “Grunwald asserts that […]

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    Teen suspect makes first court appearance in Kailey Vijil murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — A teenage boy accused of killing 12-year-old Kailey Vijil made his first appearance before a juvenile court judge on a charge of aggravated murder. The 15-year-old boy sat shackled at the waist in a green sweatsuit. As he was brought into the courtroom, he looked out at his family seated in the audience but had no expression on his face. FOX 13 is not naming the teen because he is a juvenile and has not been certified as […]

  • Jeremy Johnson leaves U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

    Witness in Swallow/Shurtleff cases won’t be his own lawyer after all

    SALT LAKE CITY — A central figure in the political scandal surrounding former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff will not be acting as his own lawyer at his upcoming fraud trial. Jeremy Johnson made a brief appearance before a federal judge on Wednesday where he decided against representing himself. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Warner said he previously suggested to Johnson it was “not a good idea.” Instead, Johnson will have new lawyers: Greg Skordas and his wife, […]

  • FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters at the agency's regional headquarters in Salt Lake City.

    FBI director says ISIS recruiting in every state — including Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — FBI Director James Comey claims the terror group ISIS is actively recruiting in every state in the nation, including Utah. Speaking to reporters at the FBI’s regional headquarters here after a meeting with state and local law enforcement officials on Tuesday, Comey said ISIL (also known as ISIS) is using social media to reach out to “troubled souls” all over the nation to recruit. “What ISIL brings to us is a crowd-sourcing of terrorism using social […]

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    Aggravated murder charge filed against teen in Kailey Vijil’s death

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has filed an aggravated murder charge against a 15-year-old boy accused of killing a 12-year-old girl in West Valley City last week. Prosecutors are asking a juvenile court judge to certify the boy as an adult, where he could potentially face a life sentence if he is convicted. FOX 13 is not naming the boy because he is still a juvenile in the court system. “This was an issue that […]

  • Convicted double-murderer John Pinder, seen testifying in his trial in 2000. (Court pool photo)

    Utah Supreme Court upholds Pinder double murder conviction

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of double-murderer John Pinder, who killed two people and blew up their bodies. In a unanimous ruling, the state’s top court rejected Pinder’s appeal on grounds that new information had come in pointing to someone else who could be the killer. “Pinder fails to show that no reasonable fact finder could convict him in light of this new evidence. We reject his newly discovered evidence claims on that […]

  • An artist rendering of the new SLC International Airport terminal. (Image courtesy SLC Department of Airports)

    New images released of SLC International Airport redesign

    SALT LAKE CITY — Construction is moving ahead on the new terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport. Since it began last year, crews have been preparing to build a massive new facility. Most recently, construction has begun on a rental car facility. Bianca Shreeve, a spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, said the rental car facility alone is “about the size of a Super Wal-Mart.” The airport’s Terminal Redevelopment Project will look different from the existing […]

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    Utah won’t appeal judge’s ruling putting same-sex parents on birth certificate

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that ordered the health department to put a same-sex couple’s names on their child’s birth certificate. A spokeswoman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes told FOX 13 the office has elected not to appeal the preliminary injunction to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court in Denver. Kami and Angie Roe sued the Utah Department of Health after the agency refused to put their names on their […]


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