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
  • ‘Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway’ bill advances in Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to rename a large highway running across southern Utah after President Trump passed out of a House committee. The House Natural Resources Committee voted 9-2 in favor of passing Rep. Mike Noel’s bill to rename the Utah National Parks Highway as “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway.” FOX 13 first reported on the bill last week.

  • Utah’s governor asks people to pray for snow

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert has sent a letter to faith leaders across Utah asking them to lead their congregations in prayer for more snow. The letter, sent last week, asks interfaith leaders to urge prayer for snow during the first week in March. The governor references the summer of 2012 when Utah was plagued with wildfires and he asked for prayers for rain — and it worked. “And not just any rain, but gentle, soaking rains without […]

  • Death penalty repeal bill won’t be heard in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill to abolish the death penalty in Utah will not be heard in the state legislature. After days of keeping it on the floor of the House of Representative waiting to be debated, Rep. Gage Froerer, R-Huntsville, called up his bill and then said he would not move it forward. He said perhaps future legislatures would take it up. “It’s probably one of the most emotional bills I’ve run in my 12 years of tenure […]

  • Utah lawmaker proposes naming road after President Trump

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature will consider a proposal to name a road after President Trump. Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, introduced House Bill 481 on Thursday, which would rename the Utah National Parks Highway as the “Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway.” Rep. Noel told FOX 13 it was in appreciation for the president’s work on public lands, particularly shrinking Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments and advocating for local control of public lands. “I […]

  • Get ready for toll roads, Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature has given approval to expanding the state’s authority to toll roads in the state. The Senate cast a unanimous vote on Thursday morning for Senate President Wayne Niederhauser’s bill that expands the state’s ability to toll roads across Utah. The state has already had the authority, but this expands the ability to use new technologies to collect tolls and the state’s ability to implement tolls on existing roads. FOX 13 first reported […]

  • Utah bars warn each other about ‘rogue male stripper troupes’ and liquor license violations

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah bars are warning each other about booking male stripper troupes for fear of losing their liquor licenses. The traveling shows come through the state, breaking strict Utah liquor laws on live performances with nudity or sexual conduct. But when the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hands down a fine or licensing action, the strippers are long gone. “I’m like, ‘You know we’ve got some laws here,’ and they’re like, ‘Yeah, we do shows all over […]

  • Bill to delay .05 DUI fails to pass, so it will likely go into effect New Year’s Eve

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would delay Utah’s controversial .05 DUI law from going into effect failed to pass a House committee, meaning it will likely go into effect on New Year’s Eve. Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Taylorsville, pushed House Bill 345, which would have delayed implementation of the law until 2022. “We need to do this right. Not fast,” she said at the end of a long hearing on Wednesday night. “Let’s take care of this policy. It […]

  • Ballot initiative backers say new bill ‘moves the goalposts’ on them

    SALT LAKE CITY — Backers of some ballot initiatives are fuming over a bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature that would delay implementation of those voter referendums until lawmakers have a chance to examine the effects. Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, introduced House Bill 471 which delays by months — and up to a year — any voter-approved initiative. “If there’s contradictions in the law, that gives us a chance to straighten out contradictory code or anything like that,” he […]

  • ACLU, Ogden settle lawsuit over gang injunctions

    SALT LAKE CITY — The ACLU and Ogden have reached a settlement in a long-running lawsuit over restraining orders served against members of a street gang, prohibiting them from associating with each other in public throughout the entire city. In a statement released Wednesday, the ACLU said it and its plaintiffs, Leland McCubbin and Daniel Lucero, reached a settlement that ended a federal lawsuit. “As part of that settlement, Plaintiffs and Ogden City have agreed to terms that mutually resolve […]

  • Watch the Utah State Legislature rap badly while explaining how a bill becomes a law

    SALT LAKE CITY — The complex nature of how a bill becomes a law got broken down by members of the Utah House of Representatives with a hip-hop beat. Set to Will Smith’s theme of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” representatives give an accurate depiction of the legislative process — even if Eminem would stomp them all in a rap battle. Watch the video here: Our representatives have taken the time to explain how a law is made…with a […]

  • Romney side-steps Utah GOP signature-gathering controversy

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mitt Romney visited the Utah State Legislature on Tuesday, meeting behind closed doors with the House and Senate Republican caucuses. However, speaking to reporters, Romney declined to weigh in on a recent bylaw change pushed by a faction of the Utah GOP’s State Central Committee that would force some candidates out if they tried to gather signatures to get on the ballot. “I believe I will be on the ballot. I’m not terribly concerned about that,” […]

  • Criminal charges filed in medical marijuana, direct primary ballot initiative signature gathering

    OGDEN — Weber County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against two people accused of forging signatures in petitions to get medical marijuana and a direct primary election on the November ballot. Felony forgery charges were filed against Emma Riches and Alexander Burke, accusing them of turning in packets with hundreds of forged signatures. The two were paid to gather signatures for the ballot initiative by a company called Gather. “As election clerks began comparing the signatures on the petitions to […]