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
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    Appeals court sides with WVC cop demoted over narcotics unit troubles

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has sided with a police officer who claimed he was wrongly demoted following allegations leveled against the West Valley City Police Department’s Neighborhood Narcotics Unit. In a ruling released Friday, the state appellate court ruled in favor of John Coyle and the West Valley City Civil Service Commission, which reinstated his rank over the objections of the city and police department. “The City’s contentions that the Commission abused its discretion are without […]

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    Feds seeking penalties against Utah companies for ‘Do Not Call’ violations

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Justice is asking an injunction and monetary judgment to be implemented in the aftermath of a jury’s verdict that found several Utah companies to have violated rules surrounding the “Do Not Call” registry. In a court filing, the Justice Department recommended to a judge that Feature Films for Families, Corporations for Character and Family Films of Utah pay $487,735 in disgorgement of revenue for past telemarketing violations. It also seeks an injunction and there […]

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    Judge to rule on lawsuit accusing NSA of spying on everyone in SLC during 2002 Olympics

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge is deciding whether to keep alive a lawsuit that accuses the National Security Agency of conducting massive surveillance on everyone in the area during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The lawsuit brought by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson was heard by the judge in U.S. District Court on Thursday. Representing a group of people that include a Republican state senator, a former city councilwoman and a Democratic party activist, Anderson has […]

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    Ex-FLDS members sue Warren Jeffs, law firm over underage marriages

    SALT LAKE CITY — More than a dozen former members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church have leveled a lawsuit against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and the former law firm that represented him, accusing former lawyers of the church of helping him maintain his power. In the lawsuit filed in federal court, the ex-members accuse Jeffs of working in concert with the Salt Lake City-based firm of Snow, Christensen & Martineau and attorney Rod Parker to further child-bride marriages, the breakup […]

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    FBI says tips coming in on polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs

    SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI said it has been receiving tips about polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs in the days since a FOX 13 story about his escape. Speaking at a roundtable meeting with reporters on Thursday, Special Agent-in-Charge Eric Barnhart of the FBI’s Salt Lake City field office, expressed confidence that Jeffs would be captured. “We have a job to do now, and that’s to take Mr. Jeffs into custody,” he said. “As I said to Ben (Winslow) last […]

  • Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow (right) listens as his defense attorney, Scott Williams, argues his case to the judge. (Image by Doug Eldredge, FOX 13 News)

    Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow’s case could be dismissed over emails

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow asked a judge to dismiss the corruption case against him, arguing prosecutors and investigators violated his rights by reading thousands of emails between he and his criminal defense lawyers. At the end of a hearing Wednesday morning in 3rd District Court, Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills said she would review the matter — and some of the emails — before ruling on whether a violation occurred. The hearing ended with heated remarks […]

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    Utah State Legislature to vote on ‘neutralizing’ drones over wildfires

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill under consideration in Wednesday’s special session of the Utah State Legislature will allow authorities to “neutralize” drones over wildfires. Fed up with unmanned aircraft that have shut down wildland firefighting operations, lawmakers are introducing the bill that could allow them to shoot down the drones. House Bill 3003 is sponsored by Rep. Don Ipson, R-St. George, and Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City. The bill is among several being considered in Wednesday’s special session. Another would give […]

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    Federal appeals court grants Planned Parenthood’s restraining order against Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has granted Planned Parenthood’s restraining order against the state of Utah, prohibiting Governor Gary Herbert from cutting off funding to the reproductive rights group. In an order issued Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver reversed a decision made by a federal judge here in Utah, which allowed the governor to block federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood Association of Utah. The group will get money to continue […]


    Fugitive FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs wants charges dismissed, claims religious right on food stamps

    SALT LAKE CITY — Fugitive polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs has filed a motion to dismiss the federal grand jury indictment leveled against him, arguing a religious right to consecrate food stamps to the Fundamentalist LDS Church. In a motion filed Tuesday and obtained by FOX 13, the polygamist leader’s defense attorney asked a judge to dismiss the indictment on food stamp fraud and money laundering charges.  Jeffs is among 11 people accused of ordering FLDS members to turn over food […]

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    SLC a finalist to host 2022 Gay Games

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah could soon play host to another major sporting event, with a bit more targeted demographic. Salt Lake City is a finalist to host the 2022 Gay Games, which hosts thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes from all over the world. Similar to the Olympics, the Federation of Gay Games said the event is held every four years in cities around the world. The 2018 Gay Games will take place in Paris. Tourism leaders from […]

  • Walter White at his parole hearing on July 12, 2016. (Image by Pete Deluca III, FOX 13 News)

    Utah man convicted in suicide pact death of teen up for parole

    DRAPER — A man convicted in the death of a teenage girl who overdosed on drugs in a suicide pact appeared for a parole hearing after a decade in prison. Walter White told the Utah Board of Pardons & Parole he accepted “full responsibility” for the death of Samantha Mikesell back in 2006. “I had a relationship with a 15-year-old girl,” he said. “It started as a friendship. Eventually, it turned into a sexual relationship.” White told the parole board […]

  • FLDS bishop Lyle Jeffs leaves federal court on June 9 after being released from jail. (Image by Mike Reidel, FOX 13 News)

    Polygamist leader Lyle Jeffs used olive oil to escape from custody, FBI says

    SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI is revealing how Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs managed to escape from custody. “He used a substance which may have been olive oil to lubricate the GPS tracking band and slip it off his ankle,” Eric Barnhart, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Salt Lake City field office of the FBI, said in an interview with FOX 13. “The damage to the bracelet was not such to trigger the full array of alarms that law […]


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