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.

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    Proposed bills to expand access to all-day Kindergarten in Utah get early support

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – More Utah families could soon have the option of all-day kindergarten, as two proposed bills are getting early approval from lawmakers. Optional Extended Kindergarten (OEK) is already an option at many elementary schools across the state. In Washington County, 24 schools offer the targeted learning program, but it’s only available to a couple dozen kids every year. A draft bill sponsored by Rep. Lowry Snow, R–Santa Clara, aims to expand the program. “The data shows that […]

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    Unattended child with autism found wandering in St. George safely reunited with family

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A 5-year-old autistic boy who was found wandering the streets in St. George Thursday is now safe with his parents. Police say he slipped out of the house where the family was staying. Officers got the call about 10:45 a.m. after a woman spotted the boy walking in the street near Dixie Drive and Sunset Boulevard without shoes on. The boy was non-verbal and couldn’t tell police where his parents were. They began to search the surrounding neighborhoods. […]

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    Zion National Park extends shuttle service after surge in visitors causes canyon closure

    SPRINGDALE, Utah – Zion National Park is extending their shuttle service for the next two weeks, and the move comes after a surge of visitors to the park shut the canyon down earlier this week. Visitation numbers show that so far in 2015, there have been 400,000 more visitors to Zion National Park compared to the same time last year. Increased attendance forced an early shuttle opening in the spring as well. Park spokesperson Aly Baltrus said it’s a trend […]

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    Southern Utah town cancels election due to lack of candidates

    SANTA CLARA, Utah – The general election is just a week away, but for Santa Clara it will just be another day. The small southern Utah town canceled the general election earlier this month because they don’t need one. “We have three open seats,” said City Manager Edward Dickie. “We had four candidates, one dropped out. So now we only have three.” Santa Clara is one of 65 Utah cities forgoing elections this November. The Lieutenant Governor’s office says dozens […]

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    Residents of polygamous towns rally for equal rights, protection

    COLORADO CITY, Ariz. – A group of Hildale and Colorado City residents rallied over the weekend, calling for equal protection by local government. They say law enforcement discriminates against non-members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hildale resident Terrill Musser organized the event. Close to 100 people gathered with signs saying “Free our town: and “Church and state, separate. Musser said for too long community members have talked about feeling like second class citizens in their […]

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    Southern Utah search and rescue crews seeing more calls than ever

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Search and rescue crews in southern Utah have had a busier than usual year, and so far they’ve responded to almost double the number of calls they did last year, including one on Wednesday night. The Washington County Search and Rescue team said they responded to 87 calls since January 1, that’s compared to 44 in all of 2014. “We have been extremely busy this year,” said Washington County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue liaison Darrell […]

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    Babysitter arrested after 3-year-old boy found wandering alone; police suspect alcohol a factor

    IVINS, Utah – A southern Utah woman is facing charges of reckless child abuse after a 3-year-old boy was reportedly found wandering by himself on a road Sunday. The woman was supposed to be watching the boy, and police believe she may have been drinking. Two women found the boy walking in the middle of the street near 200 East and 250 North in Ivins, which is near St. George. They didn’t see an adult around, so they took the […]

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    Southern Utah town possible location for new Colorado-based medical school campus

    IVINS, Utah — Administrators of a Colorado-based medical school are hoping to make a southern Utah town home to its new campus. Officials at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine looked at several different locations throughout southern Utah before deciding on 20 acres near the center of town in Ivins, just below Red Mountain. Ivins City Manager Dale Coulam said it was a pleasant surprise. “You look at the background for the school, you would think it was named […]

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    Men arrested second time for trespassing on their leased property in Colorado City

    COLORADO CITY, Arizona – Two men were arrested a second time for trespassing on land one of the them is currently leasing in Colorado City. Now their lawyer plans to sue. Colorado City marshals arrested Andrew Chatwin and Patrick Pipkin last weekend and again on Saturday. The two had been out of jail just three days. United Effort Plan attorney Bill Walker said Chatwin and Pipkin had gone back to the 12 acres of land, formerly the town zoo, Pipkin […]

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    St. George City Council approves changes to permit process for special events

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The St. George City Council unanimously adopted changes to the city’s special event permit ordinance Thursday. City Spokesman Marc Mortensen said the council revamped the ordinance to allow for more flexibility and clarity when granting special event permits. The change comes almost a year after the process came under fire following a Halloween dance police broke up for improper paperwork. “They’ve done some extensive work see what other cities are doing, throughout the state, and throughout […]

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    Reckless driver killed after hitting multiple cars in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A string of car accidents left a man dead in St. George Thursday. Police have identified the man who was killed as 31-year-old Mitchell Tyler Jones of Modena, Utah. St. George Police said it started when the driver of a blue pick up truck hit a car near The Ledges on SR-18, and then sped off. He hit two other cars before crashing at about 8:30 a.m. “The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,” […]

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    Men claim cops in polygamous border towns violated law during trespassing arrests

    COLORADO CITY, Arizona – Two men arrested Tuesday for trespassing say they’ve been wrongfully accused. Observers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints communities say it’s a power play by church leaders. Andrew Chatwin and Patrick Pipkin were both released Wednesday morning. Pipkin said they were on property he had leased from the United Effort Plan (UEP) when marshals approached them and told them to leave. UEP trust employee Isaac Wyler said Pipkin did secure a lease […]


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