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
  • San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman leaves federal court on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.

    Lyman wants conviction overturned, insists Recapture Canyon was not closed to OHVs

    SALT LAKE CITY — A San Juan County commissioner convicted of leading a protest ride through Recapture Canyon in protest of federal land policies is asking an appeals court to overturn his conviction, criticizing a judge who handled his case and insisting the road was not closed to Off-Highway Vehicles. Commissioner Phil Lyman, who is acting as his own attorney on his appeal before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was responding to a government filing urging his conviction to […]

  • An image by CNN of the 2012 pecan harvest in southern Utah where hundreds of FLDS children were put to work in what federal authorities claim was a violation of child labor laws.

    Judge to decide punishment for FLDS-linked company’s child labor violations

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is considering what punishment should be handed down against a southern Utah company accused of using children from the Fundamentalist LDS Church as labor in work projects. U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell heard arguments Friday from the U.S. Department of Labor and Paragon Contractors’ attorney about what penalties should be handed out. She did not immediately make a ruling. Labor Department attorney Karen Bobela told the judge that violations were still taking […]

  • A group of girls in Hildale sit in a park before a memorial service for flooding victims on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. (Pete Deluca III, FOX 13 News)

    Dividing lines between FLDS, non-members may be fading in Hildale

    HILDALE, Utah — For years, these polygamous towns have been divided by more than a border. Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have been divided along lines of those in the Fundamentalist LDS Church and those outside. Entire families have even been split apart. But in the year since devastating flash floods killed 21 in this area (14 in the Short Creek area and another seven in Zion National Park), some believe those lines are starting to disappear. “When people […]

  • Federal Courthouse - Courtesy: The Downtown Alliance

    Sometimes called ‘ugly,’ the federal courthouse in SLC just won a design award

    SALT LAKE CITY — Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The new U.S. District Courthouse in Salt Lake City, which has been called names ranging from “the swamp cooler” to “the Borg Cube,” has been honored by a jury of architects, contractors and design professionals for is aesthetic. “The architecture of the United States Courthouse Annex similarly possesses continuity with its predecessor and departs from the past,” the award states. “Design Awards jurors cited the annex’s 10-story cubic shape […]

  • Homeless outside the Road Home Shelter in Salt Lake City's Rio Grande neighborhood.

    SLC Council wants addresses for new homeless shelters by Oct. 10

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council is asking Mayor Jackie Biskupski to provide addresses for potential new homeless shelter sites to them by Oct. 10, so they can begin vetting them and looking at the impact to neighborhoods. In its meeting Tuesday night, council members expressed concerns about the size of the shelters but noted that Mayor Biskupski was adamant that there only be two, with 250-beds each. “All seven City Council members have significant concerns about the […]

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    Polygamous towns hold memorial for victims of deadly floods

    HILDALE, Utah — One by one, the names of the dead were read aloud. Then, they walked to a bridge over the silt-covered creek bed and held candles — one for each of the 21 victims of a pair of floods that ravaged southern Utah. Others followed close behind with their own candles to remember them. About 200 people gathered in a park here Wednesday night to remember the victims of last year’s catastrophic floods in Short Creek (the common name […]

  • 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)

    Martin MacNeill asks appeals court to overturn murder conviction

    SALT LAKE CITY — An inmate witness who had an agreement with investigators and circumstantial evidence is why Dr. Martin MacNeill believes he should be entitled to a new trial. The Utah Court of Appeals took up MacNeill’s murder case on Tuesday, grilling attorneys about the agreement and whether it unfairly prejudiced the Utah County physician. His attorney, Kent Morgan, argued that the evidence was circumstantial and at least one witness’ testimony was not truthful. “You say solely?” Judge Frederic Voros […]

  • A prison mug shot of Brianne Altice (courtesy Utah Dept. of Corrections)

    Lawsuits against Davis School District, Brianne Altice likely going to trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of lawsuits filed against the Davis School District over sexual conduct involving a former high school teacher appear to be headed for trial. In a new court filing, the Utah Attorney General’s Office (which is representing the school district) told a judge that the potential for settlement is “poor” and requested a trial be set in 2018. The families of two teenage boys are suing the district and former Davis High School teacher Brianne Altice […]

  • Reality TV polygamists (left to right) Meri, Janelle, Robyn, Kody and Christine Brown.

    ‘Sister Wives’ ask U.S. Supreme Court to take up polygamy case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Reality TV polygamist Kody Brown and his wives are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a challenge to Utah’s anti-polygamy laws. Brown and his four wives, Meri, Christine, Janelle and Robyn, plan to file a petition for certiorari with the nation’s top court, challenging the state’s ban on polygamy. The petition, filed Monday, basically focuses on whether the Browns really faced a threat of prosecution from Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman. Brown family attorney Jonathan […]

  • GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Campaigns In Iowa

    Trump leads Clinton by 15 points in new Utah poll

    SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump has grown his lead over Hillary Clinton in a new poll, but third-party candidates appear to be having an impact. According to the poll by, 39-percent of those likely voters surveyed said they would vote for Trump, compared to 24-percent who said they would vote Clinton. The political website said it’s up three points from July, and in June he had a nine-point lead.  In Republican-dominated Utah, the numbers were smaller than a […]

  • The Utah County Democrats' field office in Provo. (Image via Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Utah Democrats open first office in the ‘beating heart’ of the GOP

    PROVO — Campaign signs are scattered around this spartan office, as candidates pop in for interviews and volunteers can pick up lawn signs or mailers. It’s the Utah Democratic Party’s first office in the “beating heart” of the Republican Party — Utah County. “We want to do everything we can to build on election season as well as create a community for Democrats in Utah County,” said Jonny Griffith, the vice-chair of the Utah County Democrats. The office is Democratic gubenatorial candidate […]

  • A prison mug shot of Meagan Grunwald (courtesy Utah Dept. of Corrections)

    Meagan Grunwald appeals murder conviction in deputy’s death

    SALT LAKE CITY — Meagan Grunwald, convicted in the murder of a Utah County Sheriff’s deputy and the wounding of another, is asking the Utah Court of Appeals to overturn the guilty verdict. While she didn’t pull the trigger that killed Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cory Wride, she was convicted under Utah’s accomplice laws as if she did. Her new lawyers claim that if her attorneys at trial properly challenged jury instructions on the law, she might not have been found […]