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
  • Photo by Daniel Nicoletta. Harvey Milk as Mayor for a Day
March 7, 1978
When Harvey was acting mayor for one of the days that Mayor George Moscone had to be out of town.

    900 South in SLC may be renamed after LGBT rights leader Harvey Milk

    SALT LAKE CITY — A proposal has been unveiled to rename 900 South as “Harvey Milk Boulevard” to honor the slain LGBT rights leader. The proposal was announced Saturday night at a fundraiser event for the gay rights group Equality Utah, which has been working with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Councilman Stan Penfold to rename the street. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office in California, serving on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors in […]

  • Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn in an interview with FOX 13.

    Neon Trees singer Tyler Glenn talks about being gay and Mormon ahead of Equality Utah event

    SALT LAKE CITY — Coming out of the closet has not hurt Tyler Glenn, the Neon Trees lead singer said in an interview with FOX 13. “Because I lived in fear so much,” he said. “Coming out has directly affected my career, my creativity, my relationships with people that are in my life. It’s only gotten stronger. I’m writing music that I haven’t been able to write before that I’m lit on fire about.” Glenn, who is preparing to headline a […]

  • Warren Jeffs and Wives

    Warren Jeffs’ son won’t pursue sex abuse charges against the FLDS leader

    SALT LAKE CITY — The son of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs continues to speak about about the child sex abuse he claims he suffered at the hands of his father. In an interview with FOX 13 on Friday, Roy Jeffs said he wants to share his story to help others within the cloistered Fundamentalist LDS Church. “I’m just hoping that somehow my story will put the point across to them that it’s actually true,” he said. Jeffs alleges he was sexually […]

  • A Salt Lake County Jail booking mug shot of Edward Strieff, Jr.

    U.S. Supreme Court will hear Utah case involving drug search

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a petition by the state of Utah in a case involving reasonable suspicion during a search for drugs. The nation’s top court agreed Thursday to hear Utah v. Strieff, a case that deals with Fourth Amendment search and seizure. The case centers around an incident in 2006 when police got an anonymous tip alleging drugs being sold out of a South Salt Lake home. A detective had the home under […]

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    Affidavits describe child labor on southern Utah farm under FLDS leaders’ orders

    SALT LAKE CITY — A series of affidavits filed in federal court from children describe being ordered to work on a southern Utah farm picking pecans all day long with no pay. The affidavits, filed as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s child labor case against Paragon Contractors, were filed recently in U.S. District Court by ex-FLDS members who described the working conditions. “We began work at 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. and worked until around 10:00 p.m.,” wrote Alyssa Bistline, […]

  • Changfeng Lin mugshot

    Man accused of involvement in human trafficking operation skips court

    OGDEN — A man accused of involvement in the largest human trafficking operation in state history is wanted after skipping out on a court appearance. Court records show a $75,000 arrest warrant was issued for Changfeng Lin in July after he did not appear for a court hearing in 2nd District Court. Recently, bail companies have filed to have his bond forfeited. Lin was arrested in a massive sweep of Wasatch Front massage parlors earlier this year. The Utah Attorney […]

  • Martin Bond is led into the courtroom before being sentenced to life without parole at the Fourth District Court in American Fork Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Bond was found guilty of the murder of Kay Mortensen. 


    Utah Supreme Court rejects appeal by BYU professor’s killer

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected appeals by Martin Cameron Bond, convicted for his role in the 2009 murder of a BYU professor. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, the state’s top court rejected each of Bond’s claims in appealing his conviction for the murder of retired BYU professor Kay Mortensen. “Mr. Bond has not established that the trial court abused its discretion in denying his motion for mistrial because he has not demonstrated that the […]

  • planned parenthood spokesperson

    Judge grants Planned Parenthood’s restraining order against Governor Herbert

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has overruled Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s directive that state agencies can no longer funnel federal dollars to Planned Parenthood of Utah. In an abruptly scheduled hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups granted Planned Parenthood of Utah’s request for a temporary restraining order, halting the state from defunding the organization. In arguments in federal court, Planned Parenthood’s lawyer urged the judge to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the state from refusing […]

  • Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune
Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, left, facing public corruption charges, appears in Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills courtroom alongside his attorney Richard Van Wagoner, center, in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, for a pre-trial hearing. At right is Davis County prosecutor Troy Rawlings.

    Shurtleff prosecutor accuses FBI, Justice Dept. of withholding evidence in corruption case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is accusing the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice of not handing over evidence in the corruption case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. In a strongly worded motion filed just before Shurtleff’s court appearance on Monday, Rawlings said the Justice Department is not turning over evidence he’s requested as part of the case, unless he files specific requests with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Colorado. Rawlings points out […]

  • Warren Jeffs and Wives

    Lawyers want to keep ‘polygamy,’ ‘underage marriages’ and Warren Jeffs’ sermons out of court

    SALT LAKE CITY — In a flurry of legal filings, lawyers for the border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., are asking a federal judge to block references to polygamy, child-bride marriages and Warren Jeffs’ sermons from the U.S. Justice Department’s massive discrimination case against the town governments. “Warren Jeffs is a polarizing figure. To some, he is or was the prophet of the FLDS Church,” Colorado City attorney Jeffrey Matura wrote in a filing obtained by FOX […]

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    Judge says Utah GOP missed deadlines, so he drops their request to rule in SB54 case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Citing a series of missed deadlines, a federal judge has rejected a request by the Utah Republican Party to rule in its favor on a lawsuit against the state over Senate Bill 54. In an order issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer said the Utah GOP’s lawyers had repeatedly missed deadlines in the case and so he would not consider the party’s motion for a summary judgment. “Because Plaintiff’s counsel was clearly warned about failure to […]

  • Utah prison relocation meeting Feb 27

    Utah Supreme Court rejects ballot effort to stop the prison from moving

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has rejected a ballot effort to stop the state prison from moving, ruling that organizers missed their deadline. In a ruling handed down this week, the state’s top court declared that backers of “Keep It In Draper” had missed a deadline to file for a ballot referendum on prison relocation. That deadline was five days after the Utah State Legislature ended. The Utah Supreme Court previously rejected a petition by Rep. Fred […]


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