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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
  • Public forum in southern Utah examines impact of legalizing medical cannabis

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Breaking the silence about medical cannabis. That’s the purpose behind a series of forums aimed at dispelling fears about legalizing marijuana for medical use. The forums are put on by Libertas Institute, a non-profit group. Close to 100 people attended the forum in St. George Thursday night, and they heard personal stories about the good medical cannabis has done. “This is about people who are sick, and that need it,” said state Senator Mark Madsen, R-District […]

  • Professor at DSU suggests changes, says name ‘Dixie’ has ties to Confederacy

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – State officials across the country are removing confederate symbols from public places, and now a Dixie State University professor says there should be changes in Utah. Dannelle Larsen-Rife believes Dixie State University should officially cut ties with old South symbols. In 2012, when the school obtained university status, state officials cut ties with the former rebel soldier mascot and other uses of the confederate flag, but the name “Dixie” remained. “Outside of Southern Utah, Dixie has […]

  • UHP warns drivers about standing water on Utah roadways

    ST GEORGE, Utah – A Utah Highway Patrol trooper was critically injured after being hit by a car Monday in Cedar City. The trooper was helping another motorist when it happened. It’s prompted law enforcement to urge drivers to slow down and adjust to wet weather. A hazardous weather advisory exists for much of Utah this week. It’s a sign that summer monsoon season is here. “We advise people to drive within their capabilities, drive within the speed limit,” said […]

  • Virgin River water restrictions for irrigation now in effect

    HURRICANE, Utah – Water restrictions for those who draw from the Virgin River for irrigation went into effect Monday. The Utah State Water Engineer announced the restrictions late last month after ongoing drought conditions dropped water levels dangerously low. Under those restrictions, users above the Washington Fields Diversion with water rights obtained after 1901 are required to stop drawing until further notice. The restrictions are the same that were implemented last year. Many farmers planned for the restrictions, but water district […]

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    Town hosts Independence Day party for first time in 16 years as former FLDS Church members reconnect

    COLORADO CITY, Ariz. – The sounds of singing, laughing, and playing filled Cottonwood Park on Saturday, and that’s something that hasn’t happened there in more than 15 years. More than 3,000 people gathered for the Short Creek 4th of July celebration. Organizers said they planned the event as a way for those who had previously left the FLDS Church to come back together and celebrate freedom and unity. “It’s empowered us to love one another, be kind,” said event organizer […]

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    Outages in St. George as summer use strains power systems, experts urge conservation

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Homeowners in southern Utah use more energy in the first part of July than they do all year. Utility directors say it can put strain on the system, and even cause brownouts. But energy conservation can play a part in preventing a power outage. St. George City Conservation Coordinator Rene Fleming said in the summer, St. George power users’ peak is in the range of 175-180 megawatts a day. The average winter use is closer to […]

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    Massive wall being built around FLDS meeting house

    HILDALE, Utah — A massive wall is being built around the meeting house for the Fundamentalist LDS Church. People inside the polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., tell FOX 13 the project has been going since last night when dozens of men and boys started building the wall that stretches almost a city block around the Leroy S. Johnson Meeting Hall. Sam Brower, a private investigator and the author of the book “Prophet’s Prey,” was in Hildale documenting […]

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    ‘F— you pig!’ Drunken suspect allegedly left infant in hot car, assaulted 4 people including police

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – A man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly got very drunk, left his infant son in a hot car with the windows rolled up during the heat of the day, assaulted two individuals including the infant’s mother, and kicked and spat on police officers while saying things like “F— you pig!” Cody W. Oshley, 26 of Cedar City, was arrested June 26, and according to a statement of probable cause filed in Fifth District Court […]

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    Pro Watercross Tour brings ‘NASCAR on the water’ to southern Utah

    HURRICANE, Utah – Typically jet skis are known for family recreation, but an event this weekend at Sand Hollow State Park will show off just how fast they can go. More than 150 amateur and professional racers are signed up to compete in the Pro Watercross championships. This is the fourth stop on a tour across the country where pro riders put jet skis to the limit. Organizers call it NASCAR on the water. “65 to 70 miles per hour,” […]

  • DWR proposes plan to boost populations of Bonneville Cutthroat Trout in Utah

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Bonneville Cutthroat Trout have been close to extinction several times over the past few decades, but a new conservation project by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources aims to gives populations a boost. The project would build fish barriers and use chemical treatments to remove non-native fish from the Mammoth Creek drainage area. DWR Southern Region aquatics manager Richard Hepworth said that is one of the areas that contains a fairly strong population of Bonneville Cutthroat. […]

  • Rangers at Sand Hollow say warm weather makes ‘Swimmer’s itch’ parasite more active

    HURRICANE, Utah – A naturally occurring parasite in Utah waters could cause a itchy summer for some young swimmers. Rangers at Sand Hollow State Park say ‘swimmer’s itch’ is already active. The parasite is cercaria, a microscopic organism transferred through bird feces. Normally it lies dormant in the water, but rangers said warm temperatures have been aiding reproduction. “When the water hits over 80 degrees is when we see it,” said park ranger Doug Denton. “The water is nice and […]

  • Garfield County declares state of emergency with decline in student enrollment

    PANGUITCH, Utah – Commissioners in Garfield County have declared a state of emergency, saying a decline in school enrollment in rural communities has put the future of those cities at risk. Commissioners unanimously approved the declaration, which commissioner Leland Pollock said is meant to raise awareness to the fact that the county has been put in a situation where the federal government is eliminating jobs in the area, forcing families to relocate. “They’re constantly trying to reduce grazing, they have […]

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