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
  • Toxic algal blooms may be less of a risk in Utah waters this year

    SALT LAKE CITY – Algal blooms, which can make people sick and harm animal life, may not be as prevalent this year. At a briefing before the Utah State Legislature’s Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday, Utah’s Division of Water Quality said water levels were rising. That could help mitigate the algal blooms. Division of Water Quality Director Erica Gaddis told lawmakers there are a number of factors that contribute to an algal bloom: water levels, […]

  • Judge, jury won’t be forced to give deposition in courthouse shooting lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge and members of a jury will not be forced to give depositions in a lawsuit filed over a shooting inside the federal courthouse here. In an order handed down Monday night, attorneys for Siale Angilau’s family were blocked from deposing U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell, trial witnesses, U.S. Marshals and members of the jury who all witnessed his shooting. Angilau was on trial in 2014 when authorities said he rushed a witness […]

  • Utah’s .05 DUI law is likely here to stay, but groups hope to tweak it

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s controversial .05 DUI law is likely here to stay. In the face of opposition and ad campaigns targeting the state for the toughest anti-drunk driving law in the nation, the law’s sponsor expressed confidence the Utah State Legislature would not repeal what it passed earlier this year. “There are people that want to revisit the issue that has already passed. Well, the legislature’s already spoken. The governor has already signed it,” Rep. Norm Thurston, R-Provo, […]

  • Utah GOP delegates pick candidate to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz

    PROVO — Utah Republican Party delegates nominated Chris Herrod as their candidate to replace resigning Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The former state lawmaker won in a stunning upset on Saturday, besting Sen. Deidre Henderson, R-Spanish Fork, after five rounds of voting. By the end of the afternoon, Herrod obtained 415 votes over Henderson’s 338. Herrod, one of the most conservative candidates on the ballot, described himself as a “platform Republican. ” He received an endorsement Saturday afternoon from Texas Sen. Ted […]

  • Arrest highlights split within FLDS Church, family members say

    SALT LAKE CITY — The arrest of Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs has highlighted an apparent split within the closed polygamous church. Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs cast out his brother, Lyle Jeffs, who once served as bishop, their sons told FOX 13. “My dad will just… he’ll just kick somebody out for no reason sometimes,” Leroy Jeffs, a son of Warren Jeffs, said. “He’ll just say, ‘You’re thinking impure thoughts,’ whatever. You’re out.” The FBI is operating under […]

  • Dave & Buster’s opening in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Dave & Buster’s, a massive game-themed entertainment restaurant, will open at The Gateway mall next year. The mall said in a statement Friday it was thrilled to land Dave & Buster’s, which will be built in the site of the old food court. “Coming into the Salt Lake market appealed to us for a number of reasons. The Gateway provided us with the perfect opportunity to introduce Utah families to our brand of entertainment and dining,” John […]

  • Lawsuit filed over Utah imam being blocked from entering the USA

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to force the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow a Utah imam back into the country. Imam Yussuf Abdi was blocked from boarding a flight from Kenya, where his family is, because he is on the “no fly list,” according to an emergency injunction request filed in U.S. District Court on Friday afternoon. The Muslim religious leader has been on that list since 2014, court documents indicate. “Imam […]

  • United Utah Party threatens to sue to get on the ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — The United Utah Party is threatening a lawsuit against the state of Utah to get on the ballot. It’s the latest legal threat that has the potential to derail the upcoming special election to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The newly formed centrist party is fuming over the Lt. Governor’s Office not allowing its candidate, Jim Bennett, to file to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat soon to be vacated by Chaffetz. The party submitted 2,000 […]

  • Fugitive FLDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs arrested in South Dakota

    SALT LAKE CITY — Fugitive Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs has been arrested in South Dakota. Jeffs was apprehended after a tip from a pawn shop in Yankton, South Dakota where he tried to sell some tools. River City Treasures & Pawn owner Kevin Haug told FOX 13 he gave the name “Jeffs Lyle Steed” to an employee as he tried to sell some pliers. “The way he was acting, we Googled his name and up popped up the […]

  • VidAngel offers new filtering service, hopes it doesn’t get sued again

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah-based movie filtering company VidAngel has launched a new service that offers to filter nudity, profanity and other objectionable content from films being streamed on Netflix, Amazon, HBO and other services. VidAngel’s new service promises to take the sex out of “Sense8,” the violence out of “Breaking Bad” and, well, just about everything out of “Game of Thrones.” But will it get them sued again? “We hope not,” the company said in a FAQ posted on […]

  • Settlement talks are off in San Diego vs. Salt Lake Comic Con battle

    SALT LAKE CITY — There will be no settlement in the ongoing lawsuit between San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con. A federal judge on Tuesday canceled a final settlement conference, as one of Salt Lake Comic Con’s co-founders confirmed to FOX 13 they would not be reaching an agreement. “We’re not interested in settling at all at this point,” Bryan Brandenburg said over the phone from San Diego, where he is scheduled to give a deposition in the […]

  • Utah settles lawsuit over mentally ill inmates in jails

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Human Services has settled a class-action lawsuit leveled against it by dozens of mentally ill inmates stuck in jails awaiting treatment. On Monday, the agency and the Disability Law Center (which is representing the inmates) announced the agreement that would end the litigation. It would establish timelines and guidelines for inmates awaiting diagnosis and treatment to restore competency. “People will get in sooner,” Doug Thomas, the director of the Utah Division of Substance […]