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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.”


Recent Articles
  • Elder D. Todd Christofferson  (Image courtesy LDS Church)

    LDS Church to send two apostles to Trump’s inauguration

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced it will send two of its top leaders to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. In a statement early Friday morning, the LDS Church announced that Elder D. Todd Christofferson and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles would attend the event in Washington D.C., next week. The church said the presence of the apostles continues “a tradition, going back more […]

  • A small group of demonstrators outside the State Records Committee meeting on Jan. 12, 2017 urging release of video showing the shooting of Abdi Mohamed. (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

    Video of Abdi Mohamed shooting ordered released

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Records Committee has ordered video that shows police officers shooting Abdi Mohamed made public. The unanimous vote by the committee came after a lengthy, sometimes tense meeting over a series of Salt Lake City police body cam and surveillance videos that show last year’s shooting and some of the events leading up to it. As the committee met, activists demonstrated outside demanding the video be released. “They’re very important for the public to […]

  • A screen grab of the MormonTips.com ad airing in Utah on cable TV.

    New ads target the LDS Church and its tax-exempt status

    UPDATE 1/12/17: Rights Equal Rights said Comcast has rejected the ad. Comcast told them the ad did not comply with its guidelines. The group claimed a small cable-TV provider based in Provo has agreed to run it. ORIGINAL STORY: SALT LAKE CITY — New ads airing on cable TV are targeting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attempting to build a big enough case to take to the IRS to revoke the faith’s tax-exempt status. Ironically, the ads ask for internal church […]

  • File Photo: Roberto Miramontes Roman

    Roman pleads to 3 charges, faces trial in deputy’s murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused in the death of a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to three charges, but will go on trial later this month on eight others, including intentionally killing a law enforcement officer. Roberto Roman pleaded guilty to firearms and immigration violations during an appearance in U.S. District Court on Thursday. It happened a day after he was scheduled to plead. His attorney asked for a delay Wednesday, indicating to U.S. Magistrate Judge Dustin Pead that […]

  • Roberto Roman trial (pool photo)

    Plea deal talks under way for man accused of Millard County deputy’s murder

    SALT LAKE CITY — A plea bargain has apparently been offered to a man facing charges for the second time in the murder of a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy. At a hearing in federal court on Wednesday, Roberto Roman was supposed to plead guilty to three federal charges involving firearms violations and an immigration violation. But his lawyer asked a U.S. Magistrate judge to delay the hearing while they contemplated the plea deal. Roman’s hearing was then continued until Thursday. “There’s an offer […]

  • A photograph of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs

    Judge tosses lawsuit against FLDS leader Warren Jeffs’ old law firm

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a high-profile Utah law firm that once represented imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist LDS Church. In a ruling handed down on Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart granted a motion by the law firm Snow, Christensen & Martineau and attorney Rod Parker to toss it. “While sympathetic to Plaintiffs’ claims, the allegations against Defendant Jeffs are not at issue on this Motion, and the […]

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    Hildale/Colorado City ask judge to keep police force together

    SALT LAKE CITY — The town governments of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., are asking a federal judge to keep the border town’s police force intact. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, attorneys for the towns pushed back at a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to disband the Colorado City Marshal’s Office. It follows a jury verdict last year that determined the communities — home to the Fundamentalist LDS Church — discriminated against non-members […]

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    ‘Notorious’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg scheduled to speak to Utah lawyers this summer

    SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is scheduled to speak at the semi-annual conference of the Utah State Bar this summer. The Utah State Bar, the entity that licenses, provides continuous education and disciplines attorneys in the state, confirmed to FOX 13 on Tuesday that Justice Ginsburg is a scheduled keynote speaker at its summer conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. The conference is for Utah State Bar members and not open to the public. “The Utah Bar […]

  • Preston Barlow (Purgatory Jail mugshot)

    FLDS food stamp fraud trial delayed while another plea deal is in the works

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal trial for the last remaining members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church accused of food stamp fraud and money laundering has been delayed, while a plea deal is in the works. In an order filed Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart agreed to delay the trial for Preston Barlow while his attorney and the federal government worked on a potential settlement. The trial has been continued until May. Barlow is one of two remaining members […]

  • A screen grab of a video produced by VidAngel outlining its legal argument that it is not violating Hollywood studios' copyright and licensing rights.

    VidAngel fined $10,000 for contempt of court in movie filtering lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has found Utah movie filtering service VidAngel in contempt of court. After a hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Judge Andre Birotte Jr. found VidAngel in contempt over accusations it added titles to its service after he had granted a preliminary injunction ordering them to cease streaming and filtering. In court minutes, it stated the judge fined VidAngel $10,231. Read the court filing here:   Hollywood studios Disney, LucasFilm, Warner Bros. […]

  • The U.S. intelligence community on Sunday will cease its bulk collection of telephone metadata.
The government will move to a more "focused and targeted" approach in gathering intelligence, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement. Photo courtesy NSA.

    Judge won’t toss lawsuit accusing NSA of spying on everyone in SLC during the 2002 Olympics

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the National Security Agency of spying on anyone and everyone in the Salt Lake City area during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby rejected arguments by the NSA that the allegations were unbelievable. “The NSA submits Plaintiffs have not alleged facts plausibly showing they have suffered an injury redressable through the relief sought in this […]

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    Former chief deputy for Utah AG’s Office arrested on material witness warrant in Swallow case

    SALT LAKE CITY — Former chief deputy Utah Attorney General Kirk Torgensen has been arrested on a material witness warrant tied to the corruption case of his former boss, John Swallow. Torgensen was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Tuesday morning. He was later released after a hearing in 3rd District Court where a judge ordered him to appear to testify against Swallow on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. Torgensen’s attorney, Brett Tolman, expressed frustration to the judge […]