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
  • Settlement may be close in lawsuit over mentally ill inmates kept in jails

    SALT LAKE CITY — A lawsuit against the state of Utah over mentally ill inmates being kept in jails without any kind of treatment may be close to being settled. That’s because the Utah State Legislature has funded $3 million to address the problem. FOX 13 first reported last year that dozens of mentally ill inmates were suing the state after they were arrested for crimes, then ordered to the state mental hospital to be restored to competency. However, a […]

  • New Utah law decides who gets your social media accounts after you die

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that helps decide who gets your social media accounts after you die. House Bill 13, sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George, allows you to decide who will inherit your “digital assets” like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email or other accounts when you pass on. The bill allows heirs to an estate to take control of them. Under the bill, your digital assets are treated just like […]

  • Utah responds to ‘Deadpool’ lawsuit, says alcohol and sexual content an ‘explosive combination’

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over liquor and “Deadpool,” insisting it is not suppressing First Amendment-protected ideas or expression, “only alcohol regulation aimed at decreasing adverse secondary effects.” In a court filing obtained by FOX 13, the Utah Attorney General’s Office asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit leveled by Brewvies. The Salt Lake City movie theater, which serves alcohol, sued the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control […]

  • Top NSA official rejects claims they spied on everyone in SLC during the 2002 Olympics

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the top officials in the National Security Agency is denying that they spied on anyone and everyone in Salt Lake City during the 2002 Winter Olympics. In a rare, sworn declaration filed in federal court and obtained by FOX 13, NSA Director of Operations Wayne Murphy rejected the allegations of “blanket” surveillance leveled in a lawsuit against the agency. “Neither the PSP (President’s Surveillance Program) nor any other NSA intelligence-gathering activity, at any time has […]

  • Utah Court of Appeals upholds Dr. Martin MacNeill’s murder conviction

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a doctor accused of killing his wife so he could carry on an affair with another woman. In a ruling issued Friday, the state appeals court acknowledged that prosecutors should have disclosed a deal struck with a jailhouse snitch who testified against Dr. Martin MacNeill. However, the court said it was not enough to change the outcome of his high-profile murder trial. “In sum, MacNeill has […]

  • Rally urges Utah governor to veto bill lowering DUI level to .05

    SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens rallied at the Utah State Capitol, urging Governor Gary Herbert to veto a bill that would lower the DUI level to .05. “It is the most extreme law of its kind in the country,” said Michele Corigliano, the director of the Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association. She joined a number of restaurateurs, hospitality industry and business leaders to speak out against House Bill 155, which would drop the Blood Alcohol Content level from .08 to […]

  • Clean air advocates push for veto of outdoor grilling bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Clean air advocates are urging Governor Gary Herbert to veto a bill run at the prompting of an outdoor grilling company. At a demonstration outside Utah-based Traeger Grills on Thursday, environmental groups urged a veto of House Bill 65. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper, allows for outdoor burning, even on bad air days, if it’s for food preparation like outdoor grilling. “The bill is drafted so poorly you could essentially light a giant bonfire […]

  • Pressure increases on Governor Herbert to veto .05 DUI bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Pressure is increasing on Governor Gary Herbert to veto the bill that lowers the DUI level to .05. In a pair of newspaper ads today, the American Beverage Institute mocked the state for the legislature’s passage of the bill, including one ad that “thanked” Utah from neighboring Colorado. Read the ads here: “We all want to save lives on our roadways, but lowering the legal limit in Utah won’t reduce alcohol-related traffic fatalities,” said ABI’s Sarah […]

  • Who passed the most, who passed absolutely nothing in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — It was a productive year for lawmakers. Over the course of the 45-day session, the Utah State Legislature passed a record-breaking 535 bills out of more than 1,200 bill files opened. Some lawmakers are apparently more adept than others at getting legislation through the House and Senate. FOX 13 requested a list of all the bills passed by lawmakers. The Utah Senate provided a spreadsheet that ranked them from most passed to least. The list is of […]

  • Polygamy is ‘re-criminalized’ in Utah in last-minute vote

    SALT LAKE CITY — In an extremely close vote, the Utah State Legislature passed a bill that effectively “re-criminalizes” polygamy in Utah. In the final minutes of the Utah State Legislature, the Senate voted 15-14 in favor of House Bill 99. Members of Utah’s polygamous communities, who watched and hoped the bill would never be heard before the legislature adjourned, left heartbroken. “We want to see abuse stopped as much as the next guy, absolutely,” said Valerie Darger, a plural wife. “This […]

  • What the Utah State Legislature did to your life this year

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislative session is over for another year. Lawmakers passed 535 bills out of 1,279 proposed, breaking previous records. They’re now headed to Governor Gary Herbert’s desk, awaiting his signature or veto. With a $16.2 billion budget passed by lawmakers, you pay for it all. Here’s a look at some of the bigger bills that passed, failed, and didn’t even get off the ground: Liquor: A massive bill that tears down “Zion Curtains” in […]

  • The countdown is on to the end of the 2017 Utah State Legislative session

    SALT LAKE CITY — The clock is ticking on the end of the 2017 legislative session. Lawmakers are moving quickly through bills, feeling upbeat and some are even daring to suggest they could adjourn before the midnight deadline. “There’s been no drama. A lot of heavy lifting in getting things done,” Governor Gary Herbert told FOX 13. “We’ve collaborated on a lot of stuff, coalesced around education funding. Air quality, higher education, infrastructure needs, alcohol reform, the list goes on […]