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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    LDS Church asks members to vote against recreational marijuana, assisted suicide

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a pair of letters to Mormons in four western states, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have asked them to vote against ballot initiatives for recreational marijuana and physician-assisted suicide. One letter to LDS Church members in Arizona, California and Nevada urged Mormon voters to reject recreational ballot initiatives. It is signed by the First Presidency of the LDS Church: Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Read the letter […]

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    ACLU, firefighter’s union, LGBT rights group fight DEA over access to Utah’s drug database

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has allowed the ACLU, a Salt Lake County firefighter’s union and a gay rights group to jump into a legal battle between the state of Utah and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After a hearing Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Sam Pead granted the request by the ACLU, Salt Lake County Firefighter’s Local 1696 and Equality Utah to intervene. However, the judge limited their involvement in the case by not allowing them to bring in […]

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    Lee, Snow find themselves in agreement in debate – then things got a little testy

    PROVO — It was a little surprising to see one of the most conservative men in Washington in agreement with the progressive upstart challenging him for his U.S. Senate seat. During a debate at Brigham Young University on Wednesday night, incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee agreed with Democratic challenger Misty Snow that student loans are too expensive. They agreed that marijuana legislation needs a second look. They agreed that Muslims should not be banned from entering the United States. They both […]

  • Mike Weinholtz, the Democratic nominee for Utah governor, and his wife, Donna, in an interview with FOX 13.

    Feds decline charges against Donna Weinholtz for medical marijuana use

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against Donna Weinholtz, the wife of the Democratic nominee for governor Mike Weinholtz, FOX 13 has confirmed. “After careful review, we determined not to file federal charges in this case,” Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah, said in a message Wednesday morning. The case has been referred to a county attorney. The feds were investigating a case brought to it by the U.S. Postal Inspector’s […]

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    Hillary Clinton campaign releases ‘Mormons for Hillary’ video

    SALT LAKE CITY — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign released a video on Tuesday morning, targeting Mormon voters and hoping to persuade them to vote for her in the November election. The video, entitled “Mormons for Hillary,” features members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at least two Republicans from the state legislature: former Rep. Sheryl Allen (who also ran as a Democratic Lt. Governor candidate in 2010) and former Rep. David Irvine. Both are among the Mormons who […]

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    Utah House Democrats accused of soliciting $$ from Capitol Hill offices

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Republican Party has accused the legislature’s House Minority Caucus of soliciting money for candidates from its Capitol Hill offices, a violation of ethics rules. The Utah GOP accused the House Democrats of raising $87,558 and giving $51,900 to candidates for legislative office. Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans said the Capitol Hill address was used to solicit funds and some of the candidates reported it on their disclosure forms as the source of funds. He attached […]

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    Love, Owens debate gets a little heated in rematch election

    SANDY, Utah — The televised debate between Republican incumbent congresswoman Mia Love and her Democratic challenger, Doug Owens, generated a little heat when he went after her for constituent mailers. The mailers, which have been the subject of TV ads he’s running against her, was a subject the two came back to, even as moderators and a student panel of questions sought to ask about other subjects. Owens has accused Love of abusing taxpayer dollars for self-promotional purposes. “This is absolutely […]

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    Utah’s top Republicans express outrage over Donald Trump video

    SALT LAKE CITY — One after another, Utah’s top Republican leaders jumped off the Trump train, leaving the Republican nominee in a precarious place in one of the reddest states in America. After going hours without comment about a 2005 video of Donald Trump using vulgar terms to describe himself grabbing and kissing women without their consent, Utah politicians broke their silence and repudiated him. Governor Gary Herbert, seen as the flag bearer of the Utah Republican Party, announced on Twitter […]

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    Washington Co. Sheriff, Attorney to testify in support of disbanding FLDS town police force

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Washington County Sheriff and the county attorney will testify before a federal judge later this month that the Colorado City Town Marshals Office should be disbanded. Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap and Sheriff Cory Pulsipher are among the witnesses for the U.S. Department of Justice at a hearing later this month over penalties for discrimination by the polygamous border towns of Hildale and Colorado City. The witness lists for the federal government and the towns were […]

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    Lawmaker wants to let you decide if Utah sells your voter info

    SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker is planning a bill that would let you decide if your voter information is shared with third parties, blocking the state from selling it. Rep. Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, said she is drafting a bill that would let voters choose if their name, address, age, phone number and party affiliation can be sold by the state. On Wednesday, FOX 13 reported on a website that had purchased the voter registration database containing more […]

  • File Photo: Dell Schanze speaks to reporters outside of the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City

    In statewide voter guide, ‘SuperDell’ Schanze says vote for him or face God’s wrath

    SALT LAKE CITY — Among the posed pictures of political candidates in Utah’s official Voter Information Pamphlet, the entry for “SuperDell” Schanze sticks out. The Independent American Party candidate is in action, using a motorized glider on the water. Even his running mate, Gregory Duerden, looks more like a politico with his American flag tie. But Schanze’s statement to voters stands out from those of Republican Governor Gary Herbert, Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz, or even Libertarian candidate Brian Kamerath. Schanze threatens voters with […]

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    Utah voter info continues to be sold by the state for $1,050

    SALT LAKE CITY — A privacy advocate is raising concerns about a new website that takes public information from the state’s voter registration database and then combines it with mapping and attempts to link to social media accounts. The names, addresses, ages, occasional phone numbers and party affiliations of more than 1.4 million Utahns is available for anyone to buy from the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office for $1,050. But this latest website that publishes voter information takes things a step […]