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

    Someone in the FLDS Church secretly recorded sermons and the FBI has them, defense says

    SALT LAKE CITY — A member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church apparently wore a wire and secretly recorded meetings of the cloistered Utah-based polygamous sect for years. Those recordings have now been used by the FBI to help build a massive fraud case against 11 members of the FLDS Church, who are now accused of food stamp fraud and money laundering. The tape recordings were disclosed by attorneys for fugitive polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs in a weekend court filing. “The […]

  • Martin MacNeill enters the courtroom before his sentencing Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Provo, Utah. MacNeill, a Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife in a trial that became a national true-crime cable TV obsession has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison. MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Utah court rejects Martin MacNeill’s appeal

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal of the sex abuse conviction of Dr. Martin MacNeill. MacNeill appealed his sex abuse conviction on the grounds his trial should have been moved from Provo, where he had been convicted in a sensational trial over the death of his wife. MacNeill also contended that his own lawyer should have objected to his daughter testifying that she believed MacNeill murdered her mother. He also claims trial delays […]

  • Elizabeth Smart in a video for the anti-pornography group "Fight the New Drug." (via YouTube)

    Elizabeth Smart appears in anti-porn video

    SALT LAKE CITY — Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her bedroom at age 14 and held captive for nine months, is speaking about the harms associated with pornography. The video, produced by the anti-porn group “Fight the New Drug,” features Smart retelling the story of her ordeal at the hands of homeless street preacher Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Smart describes being raped repeatedly, and Mitchell showing her hardcore pornography. “I remember he pulled out this […]

  • A sign for the Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street in Park City. (Image by Pete Deluca III, FOX 13 News)

    Utah liquor rule change means Park Silly Market is ‘beer only’ for two weekends

    PARK CITY — A tweak to Utah’s liquor rules has resulted in the popular Park Silly Sunday Market being forced to stop serving cocktails for two weekends. Instead, they’ll have to switch to 3.2 beer. The Park Silly Sunday Market has a single-event permit, which allows it serve liquor in a designated area 12 times for 72-hour periods. The problem is, Park Silly is 14 weeks long. “Up until this year, we were advised on how to get around the original […]

  • The 11 defendants charged in the FLDS food stamp fraud case.

    FLDS member wants food stamp trial delayed until next year

    SALT LAKE CITY — A member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church indicted in a massive food stamp fraud case is asking a federal judge to delay the trial until at least next year. Citing the sheer volume of evidence (46 terabytes of video evidence, a Blu-ray disc of investigative reports approximately 25 MB, 24 hard drives at 2 terabytes each, 89 native discs, and nearly 50,000 pages of documents), the attorney for Hyrum Dutson said there is no way it […]

  • FILE: The LDS Church's Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

    Navajo Nation asks to jump into sex abuse lawsuits against the LDS Church

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Navajo Nation is seeking to intervene in a series of sex abuse lawsuits filed against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, arguing to have the cases heard in its tribal courts. In a pair of court filings on Friday, the Navajo Nation’s Department of Justice asks a federal judge to allow it to intervene in a legal dispute between the LDS Church and the alleged sex abuse victims. It also asks the judge […]

  • Two Hildale girls look at a deep gully carved by floodwaters where 13 people are believed to have died. (Photo by Ben Winslow)

    Hildale gets money for flood prevention

    SALT LAKE CITY — The town of Hildale will get money to help prevent catastrophic flooding like the one that killed more than a dozen last year. At its meeting on Thursday, Utah’s Permanent Community Impact Fund Board approved spending $672,000 to help Hildale build a series of ponds to protect homes in the flood plain. In September, flooding killed 21 people in southern Utah — 14 in Hildale and another seven in Zion National Park — when they were […]

  • Window washers work on 111 Main, Salt Lake City's newest skyscraper. (Image by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Downtown SLC reports big growth, but says liquor laws, traffic are problems

    SALT LAKE CITY — The downtown area is the midst of a big boom. New developments are coming on line, including the Eccles Theater and 111 Main, and more and more businesses are moving into the central business district. The Downtown Alliance, which promotes the area, felt good about its annual report. There’s about 11 million square feet of office space in use downtown. The new 111 Main Street skyscraper will be 90-percent occupied when it opens later this year, […]

  • FILE: The LDS Church's Salt Lake City Temple.

    Former LDS Church lobbyist joins board of support group for LGBT Mormons

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the former top lobbyists for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has joined the board of directors for a support group for LGBT Mormons. In a statement Thursday, the group “Affirmation” announced Bill Evans, who retired as a lobbyist for the LDS Church, was joining its board. He is joined by therapist Laura Skaggs Dulin and Justis Tuia, an activist and diversity consultant. “Bill served in the Public Affairs department of the LDS […]

  • FILE: Jackie Biskupski

    SLC mayor gets bodyguard in reaction to Orlando shooting

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski has been given a bodyguard. The Salt Lake City Police Department on Thursday confirmed to FOX 13 the mayor now has a security detail, which was assigned at their request, in response to the June shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub. Detective Richard Chipping said there has been no direct threat leveled at Mayor Biskupski, but the police department was being proactive. “We thought it would be a good […]

  • House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, joins members of the LDS Dems caucus to announce a "pro-family" position. (Image by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    LDS Dems declare ‘pro-family’ positions, seek to lure Republicans to their tent

    SALT LAKE CITY — In the midst of Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign, a group of Mormon Democrats are hoping to lure more people to their side. LDS Dems, a caucus of the Utah Democratic Party, released a “pro-family” public policy report on Wednesday and blasted their GOP opponents as being “anti-family.” The caucus cited Republican Party platforms and candidate positions on Muslims, refugees, immigrants, LGBTQ rights, abortion and health care. But at a news conference outside the Utah State […]

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    SL County Council doesn’t ‘like’ Facebook data center tax breaks

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a unanimous vote, the Salt Lake County Council said it would not support $240 million in tax incentives to lure Facebook to build a data center in West Jordan. The council deliberated its position on Tuesday after hearing public comment and a presentation that referred to data centers as a “suckhole” for the amount of water and power they consume. “This proposal to me is a gross abuse of corporate welfare for a very rich […]


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