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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
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    What will downtown SLC look like in 25 years?

    SALT LAKE CITY — City leaders are envisioning a downtown core with 20,000 more residents and 25 percent more workers by 2040. To handle that, Salt Lake City planners have been creating a massive document that lays out some groundwork for downtown. The conceptual “Downtown Master Plan” focuses on the area from North Temple to 900 South and from I-15 to 200 East. “Not only is (downtown) a regional center and a major draw to the state, but it’s becoming […]

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    Racy calendar maker issues statement on Utah National Guard flap

    SALT LAKE CITY — The maker of the risque swimsuit calendar that used state equipment and personnel in a shoot at Camp Williams issued a statement on the issue. In a statement to FOX 13 on Sunday, the “Hot Shots Calendar” avoided stepping into the controversy that has ensnared both the Utah National Guard and Utah Department of Public Safety. “It’s harmless pin-up entertainment that over the years has helped raise awareness and donations for injured veteran charities in both […]

  • Feds to recognize Utah same-sex marriages

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Utah. In a videotaped statement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said, “marriage equality will be the law in those states” the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals. The nation’s top court rejected Utah’s appeal of Amendment 3. “I am pleased to announce that the federal government will recognize the same-sex marriages now taking place in the affected states, and […]

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    Risqué swimsuit calendar prompts investigation by Utah National Guard

    UPDATE: The Utah Department of Public Safety has launched its own investigation into the “Hot Shots” calendar shoot focusing on the involvement of a pair of its officers, and the Utah National Guard has confirmed that Camp Williams and personnel were used in the shoot. Details on that investigation here. The makers of the calendar have now released a statement regarding the shoot, click here for details and the full statement. ORIGINAL STORY: BLUFFDALE — The Utah National Guard confirmed […]

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    Utah National Guard confirms Camp Williams used in racy calendar shoot

    UPDATE: Utah National Guard officials have confirmed that personnel and Camp Williams were used during the calendar shoot. FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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    Federal judge tosses part of lawsuit over Four Corners raid

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has dismissed parts of a lawsuit filed over a Blanding man’s death following a federal raid for ancient Indian artifacts. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby dismissed a number of claims filed by the estate of Dr. James Redd, who killed himself following a government raid over Native American artifacts back in 2009. The judge dismissed a BLM agent from the lawsuit, finding he was given immunity […]

  • Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune 
Former Utah attorney general Mark Shurtleff makes his initial court appearance in Judge Royal's courtroom in Salt Lake City Wednesday, July 30, 2014, on charges of receiving or soliciting bribes, accepting gifts, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and participating in a pattern of unlawful conduct.

    Shurtleff asks judge to toss case against him

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff is asking a judge to dismiss the criminal charges against him, accusing prosecutors of not providing enough detail about the corruption case. In a filing on Wednesday, Shurtleff asked 3rd District Court Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills to dismiss the case, claiming prosecutors have provided “no coherent or at best an ambiguous theory” of his alleged wrongdoing. “The Defendant is forced to prepare his defense without having sufficient notice of the charges […]

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    Utah misses appearance deadline in polygamy case

    UPDATE: On Wednesday afternoon, the Utah Attorney General’s Office formally filed its notice of appearance in the case. ORIGINAL STORY: SALT LAKE CITY — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Utah has failed to comply with guidelines to appeal a judge’s ruling that essentially decriminalized polygamy in the state. In a notice filed Wednesday morning, the federal appeals court said the Utah Attorney General’s Office has failed to enter a notice of appearance, and gave the state 10 […]

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    Audit claims millions in ‘questionable incentives’ handed out by Gov’s Office of Economic Development

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new audit claims “questionable incentive awards” and a lack of transparency in the way the Governor’s Office of Economic Development hands out incentives to corporations to move to in Utah. The audit, unveiled before the Utah State Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, accuses GOED of misinforming “stakeholders, including the public, regarding projected wages that a newly incented company will pay.” “GOED regularly reports inaccurately that all projected jobs that will received Economic Development Tax […]

  • Shaun Cowley in court October 9 as a judge rules he will not stand trial for manslaughter in the shooting death of Danielle Willard. POOL photo courtesy Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune

    Judge rules Shaun Cowley will not stand trial for manslaughter in death of Danielle Willard

    SALT LAKE CITY — A judge tossed the manslaughter case against former West Valley City police detective Shaun Cowley, accused in the death of Danielle Willard. In a ruling late Thurday, 3rd District Court Judge L.A. Dever dismissed the case against Cowley, who threw his head back and heaved a sigh of relief. “I’ve stated all along, from the first interview I believe I did with you guys, the evidence would show I’d be acquitted,” Cowley told FOX 13. “Feels […]

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    Utah appeals polygamy ruling

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office will proceed with an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling striking down part of the state’s polygamy ban. FOX 13 first reported Thursday morning that Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes had planned to pursue the appeal with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. A notice of appeal had already been filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. Read the appeal here: Last year, a federal judge […]

  • Shaun Cowley appears in court October 8, 2014. Photo courtesy POOL/Salt Lake Tribune

    Judge to decide if ex-cop stands trial for Danielle Willard’s death

    SALT LAKE CITY — A judge here will issue a ruling Thursday afternoon about whether an ex-cop will stand trial for manslaughter in the shooting death of a woman. At the end of three days of testimony, 3rd District Court Judge L.A. Dever said he would spend some time deliberating before announcing whether Shaun Cowley would face trial. Cowley, a former West Valley City police detective, is charged with manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of Danielle Willard. She was […]


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