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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    LDS Church opposes medical marijuana bill in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposing one of the medical marijuana bills being considered in the Utah State Legislature. In a statement to FOX 13 on Saturday, the LDS Church confirmed it has expressed opposition on Utah’s Capitol Hill to SB73, sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, that would allow for so-called “whole plant” marijuana use, including THC. The Mormon faith expressed no opposition to SB89 (which allows for marijuana extract) sponsored […]

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    Record number of bills in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A record number of bills have been proposed in the Utah State Legislature. The Utah State Legislature’s Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel said that as of Friday, a record 1,237 bills had been introduced in the 2016 session. Even more could be introduced. On Friday, lawmakers in the House and Senate asked for permission from the floor to open bill files. “There’s some things we’re not proud of, that’s for sure,” chuckled Senate President […]

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    Anti-porn resolution unanimously clears Utah Senate committee

    SALT LAKE CITY — A resolution declaring pornography a “public health crisis” cleared a Senate committee unanimously and is now headed for the Senate floor. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, presented Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 to the Health and Human Services Committee on Friday. The non-binding resolution declares porn a problem, and urges lawmakers to do more to combat the “health hazard.” “I personally believe that pornography is addictive and I personally believe it’s harmful,” Weiler told the committee. “And […]

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    Lawmaker wants to repeal guest-worker immigration law in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A state senator is planning to introduce a bill that would repeal Utah’s controversial guest-worker law before it even has a chance to be implemented. Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, announced on Friday that he intended to repeal House Bill 116, which would have established a program for illegal immigrants to work in Utah, if they paid a fine, underwent a criminal history check and registered with the state. The bill passed in 2011 amid controversy surrounding […]

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    Bill keeps ‘husband and wife’ but deals with same-sex marriage in Utah law

    SALT LAKE CITY — A highly anticipated bill that deals with same-sex marriage in Utah has been filed in the state legislature. Rep. Kraig Powell’s House Bill 299 ultimately keeps the terms “husband” and “wife” in Utah law, but adds the words “or other married spouses.” Rep. Powell has told FOX 13 he was running the bill to reflect the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last year. “We applaud Rep. Powell for taking on this important revision to […]

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    Medical marijuana bills move forward in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of medical marijuana bills have advanced in the Utah State Legislature, clearing key committee hearings. Senate Bill 89, sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, and Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously on Thursday. “Utah prides itself on doing it the right way and being very careful in how we approach things. SB89 attempts to follow that path,” Vickers said. Senate Bill 73, sponsored by Sen. Mark […]

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    New ‘roadkill’ bill in the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill in the Utah State Legislature would allow you to kill an animal that you hit with your car, to end its suffering. Rep. David Lifferth (R-Eagle Mountain) unveiled House Bill 284 on Thursday. The bill states that if an animal is seriously injured by a motor vehicle, a person can kill it and not face a charge “if the person has the means, skill, and intent to destroy the animal humanely.” The bill was […]

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    ‘End of life options’ bill to generate controversy in the Utah legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would allow terminally ill patients to take steps to end their own lives has been filed in the Utah State Legislature. House Minority Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, filed House Bill 264 late Tuesday, which outlines the procedure for a “right to die” in Utah. In an interview with FOX 13 on Wednesday, Chavez-Houck insisted her bill is not “assisted-suicide.” “A lot of these patients, they fiercely want to live, but their […]

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    Polygamists meet with House Speaker over bill

    UPDATE: House Bill 281, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, was filed Wednesday morning in the Utah State Legislature. In an interview with FOX 13, Noel said the bill could get the state out of the “Sister Wives” polygamy case pending before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “We’re in this case right now in the 10th Circuit. We think it can clarify some things and possibly get us out of an expensive lawsuit,” he said. Noel said the […]

  • FLDS leader Warren Jeffs in a 2014 deposition from the Texas prison where he is serving a life sentence.

    Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs calls the Utah State Legislature into repentance

    SALT LAKE CITY — Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has sent every member of the Utah State Legislature a book of his “revelations,” calling them to repent for their sins and to set him free. The book, which is more than 1,000 pages long, was mailed to the home of every single member of the legislature. Some lawmakers were puzzled by the books, others shrugged and threw them in the trash (or handed them to FOX 13). In the books, […]

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    House committee kills bill on ‘straight ticket’ voting

    SALT LAKE CITY — A House committee quickly killed a bill that would have ended straight ticket voting in Utah. House Bill 119, sponsored by Reps. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, and Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, would have done away with the ability to push a button and vote only Republican or Democrat (or any other political party). The lawmakers argued that many other races, including non-partisan municipal races, judges and ballot propositions were often skipped. Utah is only one of nine states […]

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    ‘In God We Trust’ license plate passes committee

    SALT LAKE CITY — A House committee has unanimously voted to approve a bill that adds an “In God We Trust” license plate to those available to vehicle owners in Utah. Under House Bill 127, “In God We Trust” would join the Ski Utah! and Delicate Arch as the standard license plates available. It has previously been available only as a specialty license plate. Lawmakers noted that it was the third-highest selling specialty plate behind one for vintage cars and […]


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