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 largest polygamous church owes millions in court judgments

    SALT LAKE CITY — When he’s sentenced, polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs is expected to owe $1 million in restitution to taxpayers for food stamp fraud. Add that to the back wages he and the Fundamentalist LDS Church owe for a 2012 child labor violation. There’s also $16 million the FLDS Church and its leader, Warren Jeffs (a brother of Lyle Jeffs), owe now to ex-child bride Elissa Wall. And $30 million owed to his ex-bodyguard, Willie Jessop. Warren Jeffs has […]

  • Salt Lake Comic Con can’t talk about the lawsuit against it on social media

    SALT LAKE CITY — As the popular Salt Lake Comic Con is under way here, a federal judge in California has ordered the event to make no reference to the lawsuit against it on social media. In an order handed down Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia ordered Salt Lake Comic Con organizers Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenburg (and the event itself) to remove reference to the litigation with San Diego Comic-Con on websites and social media. From the […]

  • The Utah State Legislature is doing a ‘deep dive’ on taxes and that will affect what you pay

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature is taking a hard look at the taxes you pay. Following a call from Governor Gary Herbert earlier this year, lawmakers have been meeting and reviewing all types of taxes from sales and food to income and property. On Friday, a working group met to discuss the state sales tax. “The sales tax was originally done in the 1930s,” said John Valentine, the chairman of the Utah State Tax Commission. “It was […]

  • Here’s who could be the next member of the Utah Supreme Court

    SALT LAKE CITY — Nominees have been announced for an opening on the state’s top court. Utah’s Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission released a list of names for the upcoming vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court with the retirement of Justice Christine Durham in November. The nominees for the vacancy are: Assistant Solicitor General Christopher Ballard in the Utah Attorney General’s Office Judge Michele Christiansen of the Utah Court of Appeals Judge Paige Petersen in the Third District Court Salt Lake […]

  • Settlement in $30 million lawsuit over 2010 SLC oil spill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Midway through a federal trial, two major corporations have reached a settlement over the 2010 Red Butte Creek oil spill. Rocky Mountain Power confirmed to FOX 13 on Friday afternoon it had reached a mutual agreement with Chevron Pipe Line Co. in a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the spill. “The settlement is confidential but on terms agreeable to both parties,” Rocky Mountain Power said in a statement. Chevron sought as much as $30 million for cleanup […]

  • BYU to sell caffeinated sodas on campus

    PROVO, Utah — In a surprise announcement, Brigham Young University said it would begin selling caffeinated sodas on campus. It is a cultural shift for a campus that has been “caffeine-free” since the 1950s. “Until more recently, Dining Services rarely received requests for caffeinated soda. Consumer preferences have clearly changed and requests have become much more frequent,” the university said in an FAQ announcing the change. FOX 13 first reported on demands for BYU to allow caffeine on campus in […]

  • A bill over blood draws and Nurse Wubbels is coming to the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — The videos showing a police officer arresting nurse Alex Wubbels after she refused to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient is prompting new legislation. “What we saw on the video — certainly myself included — infuriated so many people,” said Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City. He has opened a bill file to run legislation dealing with police authority on blood draws. In an interview with FOX 13 on Thursday, Rep. Hall said […]

  • Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs takes plea deal in food stamp fraud case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs took a plea bargain, admitting to food stamp fraud and being a fugitive from justice. FOX 13 first reported Wednesday morning a plea deal had been reached between Jeffs’ defense and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. A hastily scheduled hearing took place before U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart. “Is it your intention to plead guilty because you are, in fact, guilty?” the judge asked Jeffs. “Yes,” he replied. Jeffs pleaded guilty to […]

  • Davis Co. doctor accused of sex abuse now faces federal child porn charges

    A Bountiful doctor accused of sexual abuse is now facing federal child pornography charges. The indictment, obtained by FOX 13, was unsealed on Tuesday. Dr. Nathan Ward was indicted on three separate charges of...

  • Utah AG seeks info from drug companies on opioids and that could lead to a lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is joining 40 of his counterparts across the nation seeking information from drug companies about the marketing, sale and distribution of opioids. The information they glean could be used in potential litigation similar to states’ lawsuits over “Big Tobacco.” In a statement Tuesday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office announced it had signed on to investigative subpoenas and demand letters to a number of drug manufacturers. “The attorneys general seek to determine […]

  • Funding cuts threaten Utah community health clinics, including some that help the homeless

    SALT LAKE CITY — Community health care clinics across Utah are bracing for funding cuts, if a federal grant is not renewed. “This is one of those issues where you’re staring at the cliff and wondering if you’re going to go off the cliff? Are you going to go off the cliff with a parachute? Are you going to go off the cliff with a bungee cord?” said Alan Pruhs, the executive director of the Association for Utah Community Health. […]

  • Trial delayed for Utah man in Alaska cruise ship murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — The upcoming trial for a Utah man accused of killing his wife onboard a cruise ship in Alaska is expected to be delayed. In a court filing obtained by FOX 13 on Tuesday, Kenneth Manzanares’ attorneys ask for the case to be declared “complex,” allowing a trial to be delayed in the federal court system. They cite massive amounts of witness interviews and other evidence they have yet to see. “At this time the only discovery […]