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Ben Winslow is a multi-media journalist for Fox 13 News, experimenting with new technologies and new ways of disseminating news stories across multiple platforms (you can follow him on Twitter @BenWinslow).

Prior to joining the Fox 13 news team, he worked at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio. Winslow has covered some of Utah's biggest news stories, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, issues surrounding polygamy, the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and the Lori Hacking and Destiny Norton murder cases. He has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award, Utah Broadcaster's Assocation awards and local SPJ awards.

Winslow volunteers on the board of the Utah Headliner's Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Recent Articles
  • polygamy

    Court won’t let fundamentalist woman talk religion in front of her kids

    SALT LAKE CITY — A woman is challenging a divorce court order forbidding her from discussing fundamentalist Mormon beliefs in front of her children. The woman, whom FOX 13 is not naming to avoid identifying her children, was initially ordered by a 3rd District Court Commissioner to not discuss religion or politics during visits with her children. “This court order is about religion,” the woman told FOX 13 outside of court on Tuesday. “And it’s in place to prohibit me […]

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    Utah Supreme Court says woman can be married to dead man

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has reinstated a legally contested marriage between a woman and her late-husband. In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, the state’s top court ruled that Janetta Gardiner could be married posthumously to Kenneth Vanderwerff. The court ruling said the two were in a romantic relationship from 2007 until Vanderwerff died in 2010 at age 78. Vanderwerff had no kin, the ruling said, and Gardiner filed to be married to him in a […]

  • Utah cops face discipline for misconduct

    SANDY — The agency that certifies and disciplines all police officers in the state of Utah considered the cases of 13 officers accused of misconduct. The offenses ranged from falsifying applications and sex on duty to an officer driving drunk in his patrol car with his child along for the ride. Altogether, the Utah Peace Officer Standards & Training Council disciplined 10 officers at its quarterly meeting on Monday. They are: Troy Anderson, who received a 2 1/2 year suspension […]

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    For the first time, same-sex couples can be foster parents in Utah

    MURRAY — Blair Warren and Stephanie Robinson are finishing up their classes at the Utah Foster Care Foundation. Any day now, they’ll find out if they passed the state-mandated background checks and home inspections. “It’s nerve-wracking and exciting,” said Blair. “And a whole bunch of…” “Scary!” her wife, Stephanie, interjected. “But it’s going to be good. We’re excited.” As a result of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage being overturned by the courts, gay and lesbian couples can be foster parents. […]

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    Mad rush for booze at Utah liquor stores

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is bracing for huge lines and record-breaking sales. On Tuesday, the DABC said state liquor stores generated $1.7 million in sales. That’s up $200,000 from the year before. The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest for liquor sales in Utah. Last year, the DABC said it made $2.8 million in liquor sales in one day. On the average day, state liquor stores sell about $700,000 in alcohol.

  • immigration

    Utah settles immigration lawsuit over ‘show me your papers’ law

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU have settled a lawsuit over a strict immigration law passed by the state legislature. The settlement, announced on Tuesday, strikes key provisions of Utah’s law — including prohibiting police officers from primarily stopping and asking someone’s immigration status. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office filed the settlement in federal court on Tuesday, asking a judge to approve it. Read the proposed settlement here: “After three long years, it’s […]

  • From left to right: Danny Gallegos, Braden Emerson and Levi Collins. Courtesy of Salt Lake City police

    Missing man was FBI informant, feds claim in court docs

    SALT LAKE CITY — New clues have emerged in the disappearance of three men who left behind a bloody SUV abandoned on the street. In court records, one of the missing men was revealed to have been a drug dealer and FBI informant. The revelation came as a result of a jewelry store owner’s arrest on money laundering charges. In a hearing for 27-year-old Justin Christopher on Tuesday, federal prosecutors revealed new details surrounding the disappearances of Danny “Kiko” Gallegos, […]

  • Plaintiffs Tony Milner and Matthew Barraza leave federal court on Wednesday after arguments in a lawsuit over recognizing same-sex marriages in Utah.

    Utah same-sex marriage cases officially over after legal fees settled

    SALT LAKE CITY — The legal fight over same-sex marriage has officially ended with lawyers for the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU reaching a settlement over legal fees. A preliminary injunction, forcing the state to recognize same-sex marriage, was also made permanent. In filings in federal court here in Utah and before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the ACLU dropped its fight for nearly $200,000 in attorney’s fees for its lawsuit over same-sex marriage […]

  • Massive ‘Cairns’ development aims to create urban core in suburban Sandy

    SANDY — City leaders broke ground on a multi-billion dollar downtown development project that attempts to create an urban core in this suburban community. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, community and business leaders cheered the launch of “The Cairns,” which will stretch from 9000 S. to 11400 S., and from I-15 to just west of State Street. The name was chosen as a reference to the rock pilings that indicate one is headed in the right direction, city […]

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    Judge won’t reconsider FLDS ‘Hobby Lobby’ ruling

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is refusing to reconsider a decision to allow a member of Warren Jeffs’ polygamous church to refuse to answer questions, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in theĀ “Hobby Lobby” case. In a ruling handed down last week and obtained by FOX 13, U.S. District Court Judge David Sam rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s request to reconsider his decision. Read the ruling here: Fundamentalist LDS Church member Vergel Steed refused to answer […]

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    Alta snowboard ban appealed

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group of snowboarders who fought Alta’s ban on snowboarders are appealing a judge’s decision tossing their lawsuit. In court documents obtained Monday by FOX 13, the group “Wasatch Equality” filed notice that it would appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Read the filing here: Wasatch Equality sued Alta and the U.S. Forest Service, alleging that the ski resort’s ban on snowboarders violates their Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution. […]

  • Hildale

    Polygamous trust overseer strikes plea deal on prostitution charge

    TAYLORSVILLE — The court-appointed accountant over the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s real-estate holdings arm has struck a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge of soliciting a prostitute. Bruce Wisan did not appear in Taylorsville Justice Court on Friday. However, his attorney said he entered a no contest plea in abeyance to the misdemeanor charge. A no contest plea means Wisan acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict him, but he does not admit guilt. It is treated as a conviction by […]


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