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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    Settlement talks under way in ACLU’s lawsuit over Navajo voting access

    SALT LAKE CITY — Settlement talks are apparently under way in a lawsuit filed against San Juan County over Navajo voters’ access to the ballot. In a court filing obtained by FOX 13 on Saturday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah disclosed that it was entering into settlement talks with San Juan County. It asked a federal judge to delay upcoming deadlines in the lawsuit. “The parties continue to explore possible settlement. The parties have (met) and are in ongoing […]

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    Utah appeals court overturns decision that sent Weber Co. teen to adult prison

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has overturned a decision by a juvenile court judge that ultimately sent a 16-year-old boy to adult prison. In a ruling issued Friday night, the state appeals court ordered a new hearing for Cooper Van Huizen, who was sent to prison at age 16 for aggravated robbery. Van Huizen was convicted in adult court and sentenced to serve up to 30 years in prison for aggravated robbery in the burglary of a […]

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    Big changes proposed to Utah’s tax structure

    SALT LAKE CITY — State lawmakers are proposing some big changes to Utah’s tax structure to deal with a loss in revenues. Senate Republican leaders confirmed on Friday they are looking at a bill that spreads out a lot of the state’s existing tax structure, raising and lowering some of the taxes that you pay. Lawmakers are grappling with more needs to be funded, but a decline in revenue. “We do not have the dollars to cover anywhere near the requests […]

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    Utah, LDS Church file ‘friend of the court’ papers in transgender bathroom case

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has joined with other religious groups opposing a federal decision to allow transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity. The amicus filing by the LDS Church, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and Christian Legal Society was […]

  • Governor Gary Herbert speaks to reporters on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Governor Herbert signs resolution to shrink Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution asking President Donald Trump to shrink the boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The governor’s office announced late Friday that he had signed House Concurrent Resolution 12, which seeks to shrink the footprint of the 20-year-old monument. In a written statement, Gov. Herbert criticized the monument created by President Bill Clinton in 1996 as an abuse of the Antiquities Act. “We must keep the vast size of this monument […]

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    Judge sides with SLCPD in shooting of Geist the dog

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has sided with police in the shooting of a dog as officers looked for a missing boy. In a ruling handed down Friday night, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby dismissed Sean Kendall’s claims of a Fourth Amendment violation of his rights. He granted summary judgment for Salt Lake City and sent the case back to state court to be litigated. “This case is tragic on several levels. Parents feared their child missing, […]

  • Jeremy Johnson leaves the witness stand after refusing to testify in the John Swallow trial on Feb. 16, 2017. (Courtroom pool image)

    Jeremy Johnson still refuses to testify in Swallow corruption trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the state’s most critical witnesses in the corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow still won’t testify. Jeremy Johnson was brought back to court on Thursday, where he again refused to answer questions. “I believe that I’m doing the right thing by exercising my right, my Fifth Amendment right not to answer,” Johnson told Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills. “Despite being ordered to answer the question, you’re going to maintain and refuse to answer […]

  • A large crowd attends a town hall event with Congressman Jason Chaffetz February 9 in Cottonwood Heights.

    Utah GOP asks Congressional leaders to delay events, citing ‘acts of intimidation and violence’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Republican Party issued a statement Thursday calling on Congressional leaders to delay town hall meetings, “due to acts of intimidation and violence.” In a statement and subsequent news conference at the Capitol, the Utah GOP said the request is a result of the actions of a group called “Indivisible Utah”. It included a list of actions they say the group has carried out, “in league with Obama’s Organizing for Action and the Utah Democratic […]

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    Anti-doxing bill filed in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of state lawmakers have filed a bill that makes “doxing” a crime in Utah. Senate Bill 227, sponsored by Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, and Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry, makes it a misdemeanor crime to disseminate personal information online with the intent that others will share it and harass someone. If it happens repeatedly, the bill calls for the charge to be elevated to a third-degree felony, which carries a potential prison sentence. SB227 includes […]

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    Jeremy Johnson refuses to testify in Swallow corruption trial, gets thrown in jail

    SALT LAKE CITY — A critical witness in the corruption trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow is refusing to testify. Jeremy Johnson took the witness stand late Wednesday and refused to answer questions under oath, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. “I’ve been advised is shouldn’t answer any questions in here today,” Johnson said. Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills found him in contempt of court and sentenced him to 30 days in the Salt Lake County Jail. She ordered him […]

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    ‘Dirty soda’ legal battle resumes

    SALT LAKE CITY — The legal battle over “dirty sodas” in Utah has picked back up. In a court filing obtained by FOX 13, Swig Holdings LLC attorney Mark Bettilyon announced settlement talks with Sodalicious had not been successful, and the company was planning to file an amended lawsuit. The court filing asked the federal judge overseeing the case to grant the request. “Unfortunately, the parties were unable to reach a resolution and are now on track to file an […]

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    Moab plans to move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032

    SALT LAKE CITY — The tourism hotspot Moab has announced it has committed to move to 100 percent renewable electricity to power its energy needs by 2032. The City of Moab has an announcement scheduled Wednesday, where it will unveil a solar panel installation on top of city hall. City leaders also plan to detail their renewable electricity ambitions. A statement by the city in advance of the announcement said Moab had recently obtained a grant through Rocky Mountain Power for […]