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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
  • Man accused of starting Brian Head fire pleads not guilty

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — The man accused of starting a wildfire that torched 71,000 acres around the town of Brian Head has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor reckless burning charge. Robert Ray Lyman, 61, was due to appear in Cedar City’s 5th District Court on Wednesday. However, court records show his attorney cancelled a planned preliminary hearing and he entered not guilty pleas to a class A misdemeanor charge of reckless burning and a class B misdemeanor charge of […]

  • Salt Lake Comic Con wants judge’s gag order lifted

    SALT LAKE CITY — The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con are asking a federal appeals court to lift a gag order blocking it from discussing a lawsuit with San Diego Comic-Con on social media. In a motion filed with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Dan Farr Productions asks the federal court to overturn a series of rulings by U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Battaglia, which ordered Salt Lake Comic Con to remove references to the lawsuit on […]

  • Utah lawmakers discuss the decline of civility in politics

    OGDEN, Utah — They are arguably two of the most outspoken — and sometimes polarizing — figures in local politics. House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, and Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, discussed a decline in civility in politics. Despite their partisan differences, the two insisted in a discussion at Weber State University’s Walker Institute of Politics on Monday that while they disagree — they’re not disagreeable. “We genuinely like each other,” said Sen. Dabakis. The two said they have […]

  • If it looks like meth, it might as well be meth, Utah appeals court rules

    SALT LAKE CITY — If it looks like methamphetamine, it might as well be methamphetamine. At least for the purposes of a preliminary hearing, the Utah Court of Appeals has ruled. In a ruling issued over the weekend, the Utah Court of Appeals reversed a judge’s decision to toss a drug case against a St. George woman after it was revealed police did not scientifically test a substance found in her possession. Instead, the court determined that there was enough […]

  • Jury deliberating in trial of ‘Free Capitalist’ Rick Koerber

    SALT LAKE CITY — A jury is now deliberating in the $100 million fraud trial of “Free Capitalist” Rick Koerber. Koerber left court with his family on Friday night, feeling good that he testified in his own defense and confident in his odds before a jury. “The charges are false. I take responsibility for everything my business did. I’m confident that in the end, time’s on the side of truth,” he told reporters. After seven weeks of testimony, the jury […]

  • Utah gets out of the land war in the polygamous border towns

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah has quietly extricated itself from a 12-year-old legal war over control of homes and property in the polygamous border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The Utah Attorney General’s Office withdrew from the ongoing legal case involving the United Effort Plan Trust and the Fundamentalist LDS Church back in April. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office also withdrew from the case. In a statement to FOX 13, Utah Attorney General Sean […]

  • The lawsuit over homosexuality in Utah schools is over

    SALT LAKE CITY — A lawsuit filed over policies and a law that forbade anything construed as “promotion” of homosexuality in Utah schools has been settled. In a court filing obtained by FOX 13, the Utah Attorney General’s office and LGBTQ rights groups Equality Utah and the National Center for Lesbian Rights asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit against the Utah State Board of Education and the Jordan, Weber and Cache school districts. “All claims seeking declaratory or […]

  • Notorious killer Ron Lafferty moves closer to execution in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has rejected the latest appeal by one of Utah’s most notorious killers. Ron Lafferty’s appeal was denied on every count in a ruling handed down Wednesday night. That moves up the timetable for him to be executed. Lafferty and his brother, Dan, were convicted in the 1984 slayings of their sister-in-law Brenda, and her 15-month-old daughter, Erica. The Lafferty brothers broke into their home, beat and choked Brenda and slit her throat. They slit […]

  • Hundreds attend vigil for Las Vegas victims at Southern Utah University

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — Hundreds turned out here at Southern Utah University for a candlelight vigil to mourn the dead and pray for the wounded in the Las Vegas Strip shooting. Many SUU students and faculty are among those caught up in the killing spree. The university said one of its students was wounded and remains hospitalized. Others were evacuated from the Strip on Sunday night or know those who were shot or injured. “I have two relatives and their […]

  • Mesquite marijuana dispensary to sell in West Wendover

    As it moves forward with plans to build a marijuana dispensary on the Utah-Nevada border, the West Wendover City Council has awarded a dispensary contract. Deep Roots Harvest, which operates a grow and dispensary facility in Mesquite, was given a contract to build a medical marijuana facility in West Wendover. However, the mayor has told FOX 13 that by the time Deep Roots Harvest opens in early 2018 in West Wendover, he would like ordinances finalized to allow for recreational […]

  • Tributes pour in for Utahns killed in Las Vegas shooting

    CEDAR CITY — Cameron Robinson’s boyfriend describes him as “an amazing, determined, hard working man that spent his life always striving to be better.” Heather Alvarado’s friends call her a “wife, mother, sister, friend and so much more.” The Utahns are among the 59 whose lives were cut short in Sunday’s attack on the Las Vegas Strip. In online postings and remarks to FOX 13, they are channeling their grief to help their families. Bobby Eardley, who was also injured […]

  • Police find more guns, ammo and explosive material in gunman’s Mesquite home

    MESQUITE, Nevada — Police recovered more guns, ammunition and explosive materials from the home of Stephen Paddock, who is suspected of murdering dozens and wounding hundreds in a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. Authorities in Las Vegas said they had found 23 guns in Paddock’s Mandalay Bay hotel room. Inside his home in a quiet Mesquite retirement community, they found 19 more guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Residents in the Sun City Mesquite retirement community were stunned. […]