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
  • West Jordan man indicted for 17th, 18th robberies

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal grand jury has indicted a West Jordan man in connection with a pair of credit union robberies. Federal prosecutors allege these are the 17th and 18th robberies carried out by 43-year-old Jeremy Van Duren. He’s accused of robbing a Deseret First Credit Union in Murray on July 17 and a Chartway Federal Credit Union in West Jordan on July 25. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah said Van Duren had previously been charged with 16 […]

  • Utah Supreme Court upholds child spanking, if there’s no signs of abuse

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has issued a ruling essentially upholding the spanking of a child, as long as there is no other evidence of harm or abuse. In a ruling issued late Wednesday, the state’s top court unanimously reversed an abuse case involving four children and their parents, all of whom are not identified. The state had argued to a juvenile court judge the children were abused. “The parties stipulated to a number of findings of […]

  • Signature gathering can begin for medical marijuana in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Signature gathering can begin for medical marijuana to be on the 2018 ballot in Utah. The Utah Patients Coalition announced Thursday it had completed the preliminary steps for the medical cannabis ballot initiative. That included a fiscal impact statement to taxpayers and seven public meetings. The Lt. Governor’s Office will now allow the group to begin asking Utah voters to sign a petition in support of it being on the 2018 ballot. The Utah Patients Coalition […]

  • Utah wants $1.9 billion for Gold King Mine spill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is seeking $1.9 billion in damages and cleanup costs for the Gold King Mine spill. In a filing with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Utah Attorney General’s Office sought the money for the 2015 spill that began at Colorado’s Gold King Mine. “These toxins flowed into and contaminated locations and resources located in or beneficial to the State of Utah, including but not limited to the San Juan River and Lake […]

  • This Ogden homeless shelter may be a model for the new SLC shelters

    OGDEN — As plans move forward for the new homeless shelters, political and community leaders are looking at better ways to get people access to services to get them help. At a meeting of the Collective Impact Steering Committee on Wednesday, community and political leaders discussed ways to get resources in the newer, smaller shelters being built in Salt Lake City. “There will be no wrong doors as we think about it,” said Harris Simmons, the board president of the […]

  • Governor taps Park City attorney to serve on DABC commission

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert has nominated a Park City attorney to serve on Utah’s alcohol control authority commission. In a letter sent to Senate President Wayne Niederhauser and obtained by FOX 13 on Wednesday, the governor nominated Thomas Jacobson to serve on Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. He will replace Jeff Wright, whose term ended in July. The DABC is one of the most high profile boards the governor makes appointments to. Jacobson has been […]

  • Jury may decide if Rocky Mountain Power is on the hook for $30 million for SLC oil spill

    SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has essentially allowed a jury to decide if Rocky Mountain Power is on the hook for as much as $30 million for an oil spill in Red Butte Creek. Chevron Pipe Line Company is seeking reimbursement for cleanup from the 2010 oil spill in Red Butte Creek. The company is asking for as much as $30 million from Rocky Mountain Power, whom it accuses of starting the massive spill of more than 800 barrels […]

  • Former Utah Highway Patrol trooper charged with arson in wildfire

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office has charged a former Utah Highway Patrol trooper with arson, accusing him of setting a wildfire. Rex Olsen was charged in Vernal’s 8th District Court on Tuesday with arson, a second-degree felony; and wildland fire prevention violation, a class B misdemeanor. Law enforcement sources confirmed to FOX 13 late Tuesday that Olsen was a UHP trooper at the time of the fire. According to an affidavit filed with the charges, Olsen […]

  • ACLU warns Utah’s congressional delegation: don’t block people on social media

    SALT LAKE CITY — The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is warning members of Utah’s congressional delegation not to block people on social media. In letters sent to the state’s congressional representatives and senators, the ACLU said use of Facebook and Twitter constitutes an official communication and blocking constituents may constitute a violation of the First Amendment. “You and your office(s) have embraced social media as a key means of communicating and interacting with constituents and the public,” the […]

  • Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs wants fugitive charge severed from food stamp trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs’ defense attorneys have asked a federal judge to separate a failure to appear charge from the upcoming trial on food stamp fraud related charges. In a filing in U.S. District Court, Jeffs’ attorneys asked that the counts be severed. “The nature of the crimes are completely different, one involving fraud and one involving failing to appear. The witnesses and evidence involved in the offenses are completely separate, leaving no suggestion of any […]

  • Holding a raccoon? Betting on an election? Adultery? They’re crimes that can get you jail in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker is planning a review of hundreds of crimes in Utah, and whether they should carry the penalty of jail time. Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, is drafting legislation to drop a number of class B misdemeanor crimes, which carry a six-month jail term. In an interview with FOX 13, Sen. Thatcher provided a long list of class B misdemeanors he’s reviewing. “Something like holding a raccoon, up to six months in jail,” […]

  • Family drops two claims in lawsuit against SLC over Dillon Taylor shooting

    SALT LAKE CITY — The family of Dillon Taylor has dropped two claims in their lawsuit over his shooting by a police officer. In a filing in U.S. District Court on Friday, Taylor’s family and Salt Lake City jointly agreed to dismissing a wrongful death and deprivation of familial association claim. However, excessive force claims remain in the lawsuit against police and the city. The 20-year-old Taylor was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer in 2014 […]