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
  • Can law over sex abuse be applied retroactively? Utah Supreme Court to decide

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court is considering whether a new law that eliminates the statute of limitations for sex abuse lawsuits can be applied retroactively. The decision could make or break Terry Mitchell’s high profile and politically charged lawsuit against retired D.C. federal court Judge Richard Roberts. She accuses him of sexually abusing her when she was a 16-year-old witness against serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin and Roberts was a prosecutor for that trial. Judge Roberts abruptly […]

  • Court documents reveal new details in cruise ship murder of St. George woman

    Newly filed court documents reveal more details about the murder of a St. George woman aboard a cruise ship near Alaska. Kenneth Manzanares is accused of killing his wife, Kristy, last year aboard the “Emerald Princess.” In a motion for more detailed information about the federal indictment against him, Manzanares’ defense attorneys challenged the notion that Kristy’s death was premeditated murder. “Evidence of the prior relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Manzanares fails to show any motive for the killing. Nothing […]

  • Utah’s still going to ban sports betting, despite U.S. Supreme Court ruling

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will continue to prohibit sports betting, despite a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to legalize it. In a statement to FOX 13 on Monday, Governor Gary Herbert’s office said he believed Utah would still prohibit it. “Governor Herbert appreciates the Supreme Court’s reaffirmation of states rights to regulate gambling within their borders, a right Utah will exercise by continuing to prohibit gambling within our state,” spokesman Paul Edwards said. The U.S. Supreme Court […]

  • Latest numbers show medical marijuana may still be on the November ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — The latest numbers show the medical marijuana ballot initiative may have survived an attempt to undercut it with a signature removal campaign. The Washington County Clerk’s Office provided FOX 13 with numbers as of Monday evening, showing 366 signature removal requests had been received for the medical cannabis initiative and 686 for Count My Vote, the direct primary initiative. It’s still a moving target, as signatures continue to be validated and the total numbers move up […]

  • Teen accused of bringing bomb to Utah high school, placing ISIS flag at another appears in court

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — A teenage boy accused of bringing a bomb to Pine View High School and placing an ISIS flag at another school appeared in court for a preliminary examination. It’s the first step for prosecutors to seek to have him tried as an adult. The 17-year-old, whom FOX 13 is not identifying because he is a juvenile, sat with his parents and attorneys on Friday morning as an FBI agent testified about the device that prompted an […]

  • Medical marijuana ballot initiative backers threaten to sue opponents over ‘deceptive tactics’

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Sponsors of the medical cannabis ballot initiative announced they planned to bring a lawsuit against their opponents, alleging fraud over efforts to get people to remove signatures from the citizen initiative petition. In a letter provided to FOX 13, an attorney for the Utah Patients Coalition threatened a lawsuit against the Utah Medical Association, the Utah Eagle Forum, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the coalition they have formed, Drug Safe Utah. “Your efforts to mislead voters […]

  • San Juan County boots candidate from court-ordered election, claiming he doesn’t live in Utah

    San Juan County has booted a candidate for county commission from the November ballot in a court-ordered special election, alleging he does not live in Utah. In a letter provided to FOX 13 that was sent to Willie Grayeyes, San Juan County Clerk/Auditor John Nielson said the investigation was prompted by a complaint from another commission candidate, Wendy Black. She claimed he didn’t live in Utah, even though Grayeyes has insisted repeatedly he does and has voted in Utah elections. […]

  • Independent redistricting appears to have qualified for the November ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — Better Boundaries, the citizen ballot initiative that would create an independent redistricting commission, appears to have qualified for the November ballot. A FOX 13 analysis of validated signature counts shows the initiative has met the signature threshold in 26 of the Utah Senate districts needed to qualify.  Better Boundaries received 149,787 signatures. “We are pleased with the preliminary reports from the county clerks, and we look forward to official certification from the Lt. Governor’s office,” Catherine […]

  • Court cases compromised after Weber Co. Sheriff’s evidence room worker accused of using meth on the job

    OGDEN, Utah — A dozen court cases have been dismissed and more are in jeopardy after an evidence room worker at the Weber County Sheriff’s Office has been fired, accused of using methamphetamine on the job. Weber County Attorney Chris Allred told FOX 13 his office is still trying to figure out the scope of the problem, but it has led to the dismissal of charges against some defendants in Ogden’s 2nd District Court. “We’ve notified every defense counsel involved […]

  • Election complaint filed over medical marijuana ballot initiative

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Medical Association has filed a complaint with the state against sponsors of the medical marijuana ballot initiative, accusing them of offering money to people hired to persuade voters to remove their signatures from citizen petitions. Drug Safe Utah, a coalition created to battle the medical marijuana ballot initiative, filed the complaint with the Lt. Governor’s Office on Tuesday. A copy of the complaint, provided to FOX 13, alleges Alex Iorg of the Utah Patients […]

  • Men accused of gang-raping 9-year-old girl found not guilty

    SALT LAKE CITY — A jury found three men not guilty of charges accusing them of gang-raping a 9-year-old girl. Randall Flatlip, Jerry Flatlip and Larson RonDeau were charged with first-degree felony child rape and sodomy on a child. They were accused of attacking the girl on Easter Sunday in 2016 while her mother smoked methamphetamine in the garage of a Vernal home. The five man, three woman jury delivered unanimous not guilty verdicts on Wednesday morning after deliberating about […]

  • Federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to legalize prostitution in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal magistrate judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to legalize prostitution in Utah. Russell Greer filed the long-shot litigation against Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and others, challenging the state’s anti-prostitution laws. According to the lawsuit, Greer sought to open a brothel in Salt Lake City called “The Mile High Neon” but was denied a license. The 25-year-old Murray […]