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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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    ‘Book of Mormon’ musical to open in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — Just two blocks from the global headquarters of the Mormon faith, the smash-hit musical “Book of Mormon” will open at the Capitol Theatre. The show has been sold out for months, with many eagerly anticipating a chance to see the production (in “Sal Tlay Ka Siti” as the musical describes it) so close to Temple Square. The award-winning musical, about Mormon missionaries in Africa, will premiere Tuesday night. But how receptive Utah audiences will be remains […]

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    Meagan Grunwald seeks new trial, claims court was biased

    UTAH COUNTY — Meagan Grunwald, convicted for her role in the murder of a Utah County Sheriff’s deputy and the shooting of another, has requested the courts she be given a new trial. According to court documents filed July 17, Grunwald asserts that the court’s comments at sentencing infringed upon her right to a fair trial, as those comments demonstrate the court was not impartial and operated under a bias from outside the proceedings of the case. “Grunwald asserts that […]

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    Teen suspect makes first court appearance in Kailey Vijil murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — A teenage boy accused of killing 12-year-old Kailey Vijil made his first appearance before a juvenile court judge on a charge of aggravated murder. The 15-year-old boy sat shackled at the waist in a green sweatsuit. As he was brought into the courtroom, he looked out at his family seated in the audience but had no expression on his face. FOX 13 is not naming the teen because he is a juvenile and has not been certified as […]

  • Jeremy Johnson leaves U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

    Witness in Swallow/Shurtleff cases won’t be his own lawyer after all

    SALT LAKE CITY — A central figure in the political scandal surrounding former Utah Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff will not be acting as his own lawyer at his upcoming fraud trial. Jeremy Johnson made a brief appearance before a federal judge on Wednesday where he decided against representing himself. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Warner said he previously suggested to Johnson it was “not a good idea.” Instead, Johnson will have new lawyers: Greg Skordas and his wife, […]

  • FBI Director James Comey speaks to reporters at the agency's regional headquarters in Salt Lake City.

    FBI director says ISIS recruiting in every state — including Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — FBI Director James Comey claims the terror group ISIS is actively recruiting in every state in the nation, including Utah. Speaking to reporters at the FBI’s regional headquarters here after a meeting with state and local law enforcement officials on Tuesday, Comey said ISIL (also known as ISIS) is using social media to reach out to “troubled souls” all over the nation to recruit. “What ISIL brings to us is a crowd-sourcing of terrorism using social […]

  • Courtesy of Kailey Vijil Go Fund Me page

    Aggravated murder charge filed against teen in Kailey Vijil’s death

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has filed an aggravated murder charge against a 15-year-old boy accused of killing a 12-year-old girl in West Valley City last week. Prosecutors are asking a juvenile court judge to certify the boy as an adult, where he could potentially face a life sentence if he is convicted. FOX 13 is not naming the boy because he is still a juvenile in the court system. “This was an issue that […]

  • Convicted double-murderer John Pinder, seen testifying in his trial in 2000. (Court pool photo)

    Utah Supreme Court upholds Pinder double murder conviction

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of double-murderer John Pinder, who killed two people and blew up their bodies. In a unanimous ruling, the state’s top court rejected Pinder’s appeal on grounds that new information had come in pointing to someone else who could be the killer. “Pinder fails to show that no reasonable fact finder could convict him in light of this new evidence. We reject his newly discovered evidence claims on that […]

  • An artist rendering of the new SLC International Airport terminal. (Image courtesy SLC Department of Airports)

    New images released of SLC International Airport redesign

    SALT LAKE CITY — Construction is moving ahead on the new terminal at Salt Lake City International Airport. Since it began last year, crews have been preparing to build a massive new facility. Most recently, construction has begun on a rental car facility. Bianca Shreeve, a spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, said the rental car facility alone is “about the size of a Super Wal-Mart.” The airport’s Terminal Redevelopment Project will look different from the existing […]

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    Utah won’t appeal judge’s ruling putting same-sex parents on birth certificate

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that ordered the health department to put a same-sex couple’s names on their child’s birth certificate. A spokeswoman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes told FOX 13 the office has elected not to appeal the preliminary injunction to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court in Denver. Kami and Angie Roe sued the Utah Department of Health after the agency refused to put their names on their […]

  • San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman leaves federal court on Dec. 23, 2014.

    Lawyers for commissioner in Recapture Canyon case want judge disqualified

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawyers for a San Juan County commissioner convicted of his role in a protest ride in Recapture Canyon are asking a judge to disqualify himself, citing his ties to an environmental group. In a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court, attorneys for Phil Lyman ask U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby to be disqualified from the case. They claim Judge Shelby is “close friends” with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance’s legal director, Stephen Bloch, who has […]

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    Utah Supreme Court rejects referendum appeal on prison relocation

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected efforts to launch a referendum that could halt prison relocation efforts. In an order issued by the state’s top court on Friday, the justices blocked efforts by a group seeking to have a ballot referendum to keep the prison in Draper. The Utah Supreme Court ruled Rep. Fred Cox, R-West Valley City, did not identify himself as a prospective sponsor of the referendum and therefore lacked any standing to contest a decision by […]

  • Kailey Vijil. West Valley City

    Teen booked after 12-year-old West Valley City girl found dead

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A 15-year-old boy is in custody, accused of killing a 12-year-old girl in a field near her home in West Valley City, and the suspect has been booked into detention on a criminal homicide charge. At a news conference Friday afternoon, West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo announced the teen was arrested, accused of killing 12-year-old Kailey Vijil. The police chief said Vijil had been lured from her home around midnight to a field near […]


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