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.”

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    Utah legislature race decided by only three votes

    SALT LAKE CITY — In the final election canvass, one race for the Utah State Legislature has been decided by only three votes. “Every vote counts,” Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen quipped Tuesday as she presented the final election results to the Salt Lake County Council. The closest race was House District 32 in Draper between incumbent Republican LaVar Christensen and his Democratic challenger, Suzane Harrison. When the final votes were canvassed, Rep. Christensen won by three votes. “It is an […]

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    The Point of the Mountain is about to undergo a massive development project

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is preparing to launch a massive development project at Point of the Mountain. With the Utah State Prison moving over the next five years, the state’s Point of the Mountain Development Commission met on Monday to begin drafting a master plan for what it will look like. “This is a one shot for the state in terms of getting this right,” said House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville. The relocation of the […]

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    Utah AG raises concerns about Muslim registries and internment camps

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is expressing concerns about comments by fellow Trump supporters using the Japanese interment camps of World War II as justification for a Muslim registry. In a statement Monday, Reyes (who was himself a Trump supporter) acknowledged some of his friends and family were Japanese Americans who were put in internment camps during World War II. He called the use of the camps “offensive.” Read Reyes’ entire statement here: “When President Ronald Reagan […]

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    Is President-elect Trump considering Utah’s House Speaker for Transportation Secretary?

    SALT LAKE CITY — House Speaker Greg Hughes has been asked to submit information to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, his office confirmed to FOX 13 on Monday. The Draper Republican was asked to give them information about his past work in transportation. Hughes’ name has been floated for possible Transportation Secretary in the Trump White House. It comes after a conference last week where Hughes spoke and his name was repeatedly dropped as being under consideration. Earlier this month, […]

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    SLC Mayor expresses concerns about President-elect Trump

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski is expressing concerns about President-elect Trump, his administration and its impact on women and minorities in her community. In a blog post on Salt Lake City’s website, the mayor noted she is an openly gay woman, and the mother of two children of color. She said she is concerned about rhetoric that was in the campaign now filtering down into schools and neighborhoods and has heard residents’ concerns about the post-election climate. “This […]

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    Election hindsight: Long lines, lots of ballots, BIG turnout

    SALT LAKE CITY — State election leaders and county clerks are assessing the 2016 election, looking at what went right and what went wrong. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox said this past election brought record-breaking turnout statewide, with 16 counties reporting more than 80 percent of active voters. Two counties have nearly 90 percent voter turnout, he said. At a meeting in St. George on Friday, the Lt. Governor said the tremendous turnout and slow counting of ballots were concerns shared […]

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    Only 6 votes separate candidates in race for Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — The latest results from Salt Lake County’s ballot count shows some extremely close races for the Utah State Legislature. Only six votes separate stalwart Capitol Hill conservative Rep. LaVar Christensen, R-Draper, from his Democratic challenger, Suzanne Harrison. It was enough to order an automatic recount, Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen told FOX 13. “It’s a message that every vote certainly counts,” she said Friday. Late Friday, Harrison took note of her close race posting on […]

  • ATV riders in Recapture Canyon as part of a protest over use of public lands in May 2014.

    Court considers overturning convictions for Recapture Canyon protest ride

    DENVER — A federal appeals court here is deliberating whether to overturn the convictions of a San Juan County commissioner and another man over a 2014 protest ride in Utah’s Recapture Canyon. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday over the ride, which resulted in the federal convictions of San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman and Monte Wells. Lyman — who opted to act as his own attorney — left court frustrated that the three-judge panel declined […]

  • Marijuana grows legally inside Oaksterdam University, an institution that trains students interested in a career in the cannabis business.  California law currently allows legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.  If Proposition 19 passes, it would legalize pot for recreational use.

    Five medical marijuana bills in the Utah legislature, but it may not stop a ballot initiative

    SALT LAKE CITY — After nearly a year of studying the issue, the Utah State Legislature’s interim Health and Human Services ultimately declined to endorse any bills on medical marijuana. “We conclude the issue is significant, but that more time is needed to develop solutions and consensus,” Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said at a hearing on Wednesday. The vote not to support or oppose any bill does not mean medical marijuana is dead on Utah’s Capitol Hill. Indeed, it […]

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    LDS Church loses request for a restraining order in sex abuse lawsuits

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has denied a request by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a restraining order in a series of lawsuits alleging sex abuse in a church-run program for Navajo children. In the order handed down Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby granted a request by the alleged victims and dismissed the LDS Church’s request for a preliminary injunction. “Plaintiffs must exhaust their Tribal Court remedies before seeking relief from this […]


    Judge rejects FLDS members’ religious freedom claims in food stamp fraud case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has rejected arguments by members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church that they have a religious right to hand over food stamp benefits to the polygamous sect. In a ruling handed down Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart denied a request to dismiss the indictment leveled by the federal government against 11 FLDS Church members. The defendants cited religious freedom rights, as well as protections under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Judge Stewart rejected all of […]

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    Ski season in Utah begins — but where’s the snow?

    SALT LAKE CITY — On a day when temperatures were in the 70s, Utah’s ski season officially kicked off. Ski Utah, the marketing arm of the state’s $1.3 billion ski industry, held its opening day event on Tuesday asking the same question many are asking: where’s the snow? “I know it’s hard to be patient,” said Nathan Rafferty, Ski Utah’s President & CEO, predicting a big storm to hit Wednesday. Some resorts have been forced to push back their opening […]