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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    New ordinance aims to help police crack down on illegal sex trade in Salt Lake County

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The Salt Lake County Council amended a business ordinance recently in the hopes of cracking down on the illegal sex trade. Officers with the Unified Police Department say you can find prostitution in more places than you might think, and massage parlors disguise some of the primary culprits. “We have situations occurring where an independent contractor or a business person will be in a strip mall or some kind of a brick and mortar building, […]

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    Death penalty bills expected to return to the Utah legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — Bills that would speed up the death penalty process or repeal it altogether are expected to return to the Utah State Legislature. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, told FOX 13 he has already opened bill files that would cut down on the length of appeals that death row inmates have. Some inmates on death row in Utah have been appealing their sentences for decades. “If I could get it 10 years or less, I think we’re in the […]

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    LDS Church to allow women missionaries to wear pants in areas prone to mosquito-borne diseases

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that women missionaries for the Mormon faith will now be allowed to wear pants in countries where there is a risk of mosquito-borne diseases. In a statement Friday, the LDS Church said it was following recommendations by governmental agencies across the globe. The policy change, allowing women to wear slacks and other clothing that covers arms and legs, would apply to 230 missions — about half of […]

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    Is the FLDS Church building a new temple in South Dakota?

    PRINGLE, South Dakota — A barbed wire fence stretches through the forest in the Black Hills, drawing a line between the Fundamentalist LDS Church and the outside world. In the pine trees, large cabins can be seen with the word “Zion” printed above the doors. A man can be seen in a guard tower staring out, but, otherwise, no one is out. The only sound is the wind going through the trees. Faced with increasing scrutiny in Utah, the Fundamentalist […]

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    Utah responds to ‘Deadpool’ lawsuit claiming authority to protect ‘health, welfare and morals’

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a response to a lawsuit filed by a movie theater facing revocation of its liquor license for showing “Deadpool,” the state of Utah declares it has “the authority to protect public health, welfare and morals of the community.” In a court filing obtained by FOX 13 on Wednesday night, the Utah Attorney General’s office denies much of the allegations made in the lawsuit filed by Brewvies, but provided some answers when it comes to the […]

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    Utah legislature passes resolution opposing Obama monument plans

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution opposing the possible creation of a national monument in the Four Corners area. The House voted 64-10 and the Senate voted 23-5 to back the resolution, which demands that President Obama consult with Utah leaders before making any designation of a Bears Ears National Monument under the Antiquities Act. Governor Gary Herbert is expected to sign the non-binding resolution, a spokeswoman told FOX 13 on […]

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    Utah lawmaker plans porn blocking legislation for cellphones, libraries

    SALT LAKE CITY — Following Utah’s resolution declaring pornography a “public health crisis,” a lawmaker is drafting bills to mandate anti-porn filters on cellphones and computers at public libraries. In an interview with FOX 13, Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said he is drafting legislation that would require cellphone makers to install porn-blocking filters on their devices, which would be removed if it’s verified the owner is over 18. “Almost every kid in Utah is walking around with a smart […]

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    Utah governor’s campaign opponents criticize his fundraising tactics

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert’s election opponents are criticizing him for offering his time to lobbyists and other donors to his re-election campaign. Following a luncheon at the Utah Taxpayer’s Association meeting on Monday, the governor’s Republican and Democratic challengers both expressed their displeasure at reports Herbert had offered to set aside time for lobbyists and others who would donate to his campaign. A recording of the offer was obtained and published by The Salt Lake Tribune. “If we want […]

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    Feds ask for delay in FLDS food stamp trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to delay the upcoming trial of 11 members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church on food stamp fraud-related charges. In a motion filed Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah revealed it has nearly 50 terabytes of video evidence, as well as volumes of documents and hundreds of witnesses in the food stamp fraud case. The government said it could attempt to put on a trial by May 31 (the original […]

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    U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear teen killer’s appeal

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by a Utah teen sentenced to life without parole for the gruesome murder of a youth home counselor. In an order issued Monday morning, the nation’s top court rejected an appeal by Robert Cameron Houston, who was convicted in the rape and murder of Raechale Elton. Houston’s lawyers were challenging his sentence, arguing that life without parole was excessive for a juvenile. Houston was sentenced at […]

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    Salt Lake Comic Con and San Diego Comic-Con want more time in lawsuit settlement talks

    SALT LAKE CITY — The organizers of San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con appear to be inching closer to reaching a settlement over who can use the words “comic con.” Lawyers for both sides told a federal judge this week that they continue to negotiate a settlement in the ongoing litigation, but asked for more time. In a motion filed in a San Diego federal court, both sides asked for trial deadlines to be extended. “The parties believe […]

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    SLC mayor puts up sign for new ‘Harvey Milk Boulevard’

    SALT LAKE CITY — Mayor Jackie Biskupski put up the first street sign that renames a part of 900 South as “Harvey Milk Boulevard.” The Salt Lake City Council recently voted unanimously to rename 900 South after Milk, who was one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials until his assassination in 1978. “I am where I am because of people like Harvey,” Biskupski said, referencing her election as the first openly lesbian mayor of Salt Lake City. The LGBT rights […]


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