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Zach Whitney is a multi-media journalist for Fox 13 News. He joined the Fox 13 News team in November 2011.

Prior to working at Fox 13, he worked as a reporter for KLEW News in Lewiston, Idaho. He is no stranger to Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and grew up in Murray.

He loves politics and religion. He is also fluent in Spanish. Zach and his wife have two daughters.


Recent Articles
  • 3D mapping project may cause delays for visitors to Zion National Park

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – Archeologists at Zion National Park use 3D laser technology to document artifacts found inside the park, and now they’re using it map one of the park’s largest artifacts. The lasers will take a three dimensional picture of the mile-long Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel. Built in the late 1920s, the tunnel connects the west canyon and the east plateaus. It’s one of the busiest roadways in the park and has seen some structural damage through the years […]

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    Utah elementary student lured into car near bus stop, police searching for suspects

    BLUFFDALE, Utah — Police are searching for two suspects they say lured a young boy into a car near a bus stop Monday afternoon. Officers say the abduction attempt happened around noon, when the boy got off the bus on his way home near 14600 South and 2200 West. The bus driver reported seeing a silver colored cross-over SUV parked near the area and thought it was suspicious. She contacted the traffic superintendent who got a hold of the family. […]

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    Thousands rally at capitol in support of more education funding

    SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of teachers, parents and students rallied at the Utah State Capitol Monday demanding an increase in funding for public education. Teachers say they want what they were promised, a 6.25 percent increase in the weighted pupil unit. The WPU is the basic formula for public education funding. Republicans revealed their outline for the budget last week. It includes more than $435 million for public schools and gives a 4 percent increase in the WPU. Teachers […]

  • About 200 gather in Syracuse to discuss child safety, recent string of alleged abduction attempts

    SYRACUSE, UTAH – Police in Syracuse say parents are doing a great job teaching their kids about strangers. Police chief Garrett Atkins met with the community Friday night to discuss recent abduction attempts and tell them what they can do to help keep their community safe. “I want you to know, that we are absolutely dedicated to the safety of our children,” Atkins told the crowd of about 200 attendees. He spoke frankly about each of the recent incidents. They […]

  • Families still stranded behind muddy roads after storm in San Juan County

    MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah — Residents in San Juan County continue the fight to clear muddy roads as storms brought more rain and mud Tuesday. Hundreds of families are still stranded behind those muddy roads. Volunteers are doing what they can to bring food, coal and wood to them, but say the supplies are running low. There’s also an underlying frustration, how to prevent this from happening again. “If the politicians would come together, and sit at the table together, and […]

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    Snow storm in San Juan County leaves residents stranded

    MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah — A small southern Utah community is banding together in an effort to make sure dozens of families don’t starve and freeze. Community leaders say hundreds of homes are without power, or water and stranded by recent winter storms. For the past week dozens of volunteers have been carting food, wood and coal to those homes. It’s not just a matter of snow, but the timing and the amount. Many of the roads in this area are […]

  • UDOT crews prepare for weekend storm in Southern Utah

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Another winter storm is expected to hit Southern Utah this weekend and bring several inches of fresh snow. Utah Department of Transportation road crews have been resting up since the last one hit less than a week ago. Close to a foot of snow fell in Cedar City during that storm. Most of it is gone now, which UDOT says will greatly help efforts to keep streets clear this weekend. “We ensure all of the snow […]

  • Report predicts Utah will see increase in Chinese tourism spending in 2015

    SPRINGDALE, Utah – Southern Utah has the potential to see more Chinese tourists in 2015. That’s the prediction of a recent study by the University of Utah School of Business. The report, published this week, takes a detailed look at tourism throughout the state. Analysts say more relaxed visa laws will allow Chinese citizens to stay in the United States longer. The prediction is that means they’ll visit more places. “I think it’s a way for America and China to […]

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    Wildlife officials to host meetings seeking public input on managing prairie dogs

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – It’s a plan that will allow property owners more access to prairie dog removal. This week, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources unveiled their management plan for the Utah prairie dog. The federal government had managed the prairie dog since its placement on the endangered species list in 1973. In November 2014, a federal judge gave management to the state. Property owners in Iron County who have been fighting to remove the animals from their land […]

  • La Verkin house fire leaves 1 man homeless

    LA VERKIN, Utah – Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that left a man homeless Tuesday. The fire broke out just after 2:30 p.m. at a home near 300 West and 600 North. Neighbor Judy Smith said she’d just taken her dog outside, and smelt an electrical burning. By the time she got back inside, the fire had started. “I heard a big boom,” Smith said. “I looked out the window and smoke and flames were just shooting […]

  • Snowstorm hits southern Utah

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – An overnight snowstorm brought much needed moisture to southern Utah, and blanketed St. George in several inches of snow. It’s a fairly uncommon occurrence in the valley, so residents woke up a little surprised. Road crews went to work early clearing the streets. City spokesman Marc Mortensen said UDOT also helped clear major roadways, since St. George only owns one snowplow. Overall, Mortensen said the city officials believe they managed fairly well. “It’s a welcome sight,” […]

  • A cow found butchered in Iron County.

    Iron County offering $1K reward in suspicious cow, dog deaths (WARNING: Graphic)

    BERYL, Utah – Iron County Sheriff Deputies are investigating a case of animal killing, but they say its different than others they’ve had in the past. They said the suspect appears to have been after meat. On February 10, some workers repairing fences near Beryl discovered the carcass of a cow and a dog. Detectives say it appears the dog was shot in that location, and the cow butchered. “All the usable meat was gone,” says Iron County Sheriff Sergeant […]

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