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
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    Starbucks wants liquor licenses for 5 stores in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Coffee giant Starbucks has asked Utah’s liquor control authority for a license to serve beer and wine at five stores, FOX 13 has confirmed. Starbucks is taking a different approach to getting a license, but will also have to comply with some of Utah’s unique laws. The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control would not talk specifically about Starbucks’ application for a limited-service liquor license, but said it is the first in the state to seek what […]

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    FBI ends investigation into Miller, Mayor McAdams dispute

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation has closed its investigation into accusations leveled between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and former state lawmaker Justin Miller. “The FBI looked into it and found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Ben McAdams and is no longer investigating it,” FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer told FOX 13 on Thursday. McAdams accused Miller, his former campaign manager, of stealing more than $30,000 from his campaign accounts. Miller, in turn, […]

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    Judge gives NSA three weeks to respond to lawsuit over spying during the 2002 Olympics

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has given the National Security Agency three weeks to respond to a lawsuit accusing it of spying on everyone in the city during the 2002 Winter Olympics. In an order issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby granted a request by the federal government for additional time to respond to the lawsuit. The government said in a court filing it needed time to gather information on an event that took place 13 […]

  • Marijuana grows legally inside Oaksterdam University, an institution that trains students interested in a career in the cannabis business.  California law currently allows legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.  If Proposition 19 passes, it would legalize pot for recreational use.

    Utah State Legislature to consider two medical marijuana bills

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature will consider two separate medical marijuana bills when it meets next year. But cannabis advocates claim only one of those bills will actually do patients some good. The legislature’s interim Health and Human Services Committee met Wednesday to discuss a pair of bills. One is sponsored by Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem; the other is sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs. Rep. Daw said his bill would allow for cannabidoil to be […]

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    Federal appeals court considers legal challenge to Alta’s snowboarding ban

    DENVER — A federal appeals court is hearing a challenge to Alta Ski Area’s longstanding snowboarding ban and whether to revive a lawsuit over it. On Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case involving a group of snowboarders calling themselves “Wasatch Equality.” The group has sued Alta and the U.S. Forest Service, who leases the land to the resort, arguing that the snowboarding ban violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution […]

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    The top selling liquor in Utah — and it’s making the state millions

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a state that tightly controls the sale of liquor, Utah is making record breaking profits. As the population grows, so do the number of drinkers. A series of public records requests by FOX 13 to Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control revealed just how much. The average Utahn (per capita) consumed 2.76 gallons of alcohol in 2015, up slightly from 2.65 gallons in 2014. When it comes to what Utah buys the most of, the top […]

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    Judge targeted for removal from the bench for decision on same-sex foster parents

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of groups have targeted a Price juvenile court judge for removal from the bench for his order to remove a foster child from the home of a lesbian couple, claiming the child would do better with a heterosexual couple. The liberal think tank Alliance For a Better Utah launched an online petition Monday seeking to recall 7th District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen over the ruling. Last week, the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign […]

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    Utah judge backs off order to remove foster child from same-sex couple’s home

    PRICE, Utah — A juvenile court judge has backed off his order that a foster child be removed from a same-sex couple’s home to be placed with a heterosexual couple. In an order issued Friday and obtained by FOX 13, 7th District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen scratched out his original decision to remove the 9-month-old girl from April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce’s home. The couple, who married in August, were approved to be foster parents after a vetting by […]

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    Utah AG’s Office ends investigation into Ralph Becker’s re-election campaign

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office has concluded its investigation into Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s re-election campaign. In a statement on Friday, the attorney general’s office said it had a panel review a claim that Becker’s re-election campaign had been involved in improperly collecting primary election ballots. Ultimately, the attorney general’s office said it was declining to take action. “A select panel of experienced Justice Division prosecutors independently assessed the investigators’ case, including investigative reports, documents […]

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    Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs, in a cage and under oath

    In a cell inside the Texas prison where he’ll spend the rest of his life, polygamist leader Warren Jeffs raised his hand and took an oath. “Do you affirm that the testimony you will give today will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” Jeffs was asked. “I do,” he replied. “Will you please state your entire name?” “Warren Steed Jeffs.” The leader of the Fundamentalist LDS Church was being forced to sit for a deposition […]

  • Polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives (left to right) Robyn, Janelle, Christine and Meri. The family stars in the reality TV show "Sister Wives." (Photo provided by TLC)

    Federal appeals court will hear arguments in ‘Sister Wives’ polygamy case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has announced it will hear arguments over Utah’s ban on polygamy. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday scheduled arguments in the “Sister Wives” case for Jan. 21, 2016 in Denver. Reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his four wives are suing the state of Utah over its ban on polygamy, arguing it violates their constitutional rights. A federal judge in Utah struck down a portion of the state’s ban […]

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    Utah governor says judge who ordered child removed from same-sex couple should ‘follow the law’

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert said he believes a Price judge who ordered a foster child removed from the home of a same-sex couple because he believed the girl would be better in a heterosexual household ought to “follow the law.” “I’m a little puzzled by the action down there personally,” Herbert told reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED. April Hoagland and Beckie Pierce are challenging 7th District Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen’s decision to have […]


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