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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    Project will reshape portion of Provo River to help endangered June sucker

    PROVO, Utah – A federal restoration project is underway that will change where the Provo River empties into Utah Lake. The project is part of a plan to save the endangered June sucker fish. The Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission said the species has suffered since the 1980’s. The Provo River Delta Restoration project focuses on a mile-long section of the river, which over time has been narrowed to one outlet. The goal is to spread the water out […]

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    2-year-old girl in DCFS custody after being found unattended is now back with her parents

    UPDATE: Police in South Ogden said Thursday the young girl who was in the Division of Child and Family Services’ custody after the incident has been returned to the care of her parents. Police have presented the facts of the case to the Ogden City Attorney for review, and that office will determine what, if any, legal action might be taken against the girl’s parents. Previous story continues below: SOUTH OGDEN, Utah — Police officers searched for close to 11 hours Tuesday […]

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    Proposal to widen Main Street in Payson has residents in historic homes worried

    PAYSON, Utah – The Utah Department of Transportation is considering several options to improve future traffic flow through the small town of Payson, but one of those options has homeowners on the town’s historic Main Street worried. The proposal would widen Main Street, making it a five-lane road, but that would mean demolishing two of Payson’s most unique residences. The John Dixon House and the Christopher F. Dixon House were built in the early 1900’s and were the first houses […]

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    Dixie State University unveils new brand, mascot

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Dixie State University is now home of the Trailblazers. Administrators announced the branding change Monday afternoon. The change comes after a 17-month process of looking for a new identity. Administrators said the Trailblazers perfectly embodies the Dixie Spirit, noting that bison blazed trails in the west, and so did the pioneer settlers who came to Washington County. “They are Trailblazers,” said DSU Chief Marketing and Communications officer Jordon Sharp. “We didn’t invent this identity. This identity emerged from […]

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    Windows shot out in at least 10 cars during vandalism spree in Millcreek

    MILLCREEK, Utah – At least 10 car owners are facing repairs after vandals shot out their windows overnight in a neighborhood off of 3300 South. Unified Police Department personnel say the targets appear random, but all of the incidents happened in the same area between 3300 South and 4000 South near 3300 East. Homeowners awoke Saturday and found the damage. Detective Jared Richardson said it appears the person or group of people used a pellet or BB gun to shoot […]

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    Newly-formed coalition aims to preserve mining sites in Park City

    PARK CITY, Utah – Seven historic Park City mining site are slated for preservation. It’s the goal of the newly formed Ski Mountain Mining History Coalition, which is a partnership Park City Mountain Resort announced Friday. The group brings together Park City officials, the resort, and business leaders to help keep Summit County’s mining history alive. “They’re just these immense structures that represent our past,” said Park City Historical Society executive director Sandra Morrison. “And it’s what makes skiing at […]

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    Rio Tinto Kennecott discusses safety measures at Bingham Canyon Mine

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Managers at Rio Tinto Kennecott say another landslide is possible this spring, but they’ll know about it days before it happens. Thursday, managers showed off the multiple layers of detection they use to track movement in the almost three-mile deep open-pit mine. Joan Danniger, a technical services manager at the mine, said there are actually at least seven different detection systems, ranging from classic to high-tech. “We’re not looking at any one specific,” said Danniger. “So what […]

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    Logan City announces plan to turn Emporium site into new public library

    LOGAN, Utah – From a shopping center, into a library. This week, Logan City announced plans to buy The Emporium building on Main Street and redevelop it. Logan Mayor Craig Petersen said it’s something the city has been looking at for several years. The Emporium building has been a been struggling to keep tenants, especially after the shopping mall lost its main anchor, the Coppermill Restaurant, in 2014. Petersen said tearing the building down and constructing a new library in its place […]

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    Highway deaths trending down, officials say

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The number of deaths on Utah roadways is down, but the Utah Department of Transportation says one thing is still high, distracted driving. This week Utah Highway Patrol released first quarter numbers that show 41 highway fatalities were reported from January to March, compared to 52 fatalities during the same time last year. It’s a trend, Utah Department of Transportation spokesman John Gleason, said is encouraging, but is far from where they’d like to be. […]

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    Ogden health officials host suicide prevention training

    OGDEN, Utah – Health educators are trying to remove the taboo of talking about suicide. That’s why they spent Monday night teaching community members about “mental health first aid.” Close to 100 Ogden residents attended the town hall style training sponsored by the Weber-Morgan Health Department. According to presenters, 567 people died from suicide in Utah in 2015, a large percentage from the Weber area. That’s why they’re teaching about QPR, an acronym meaning “Question, Persuade and Refer.” “We need […]

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    Tens of thousands expected to attend LDS Church’s General Conference in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – This weekend, tens of thousands of people will head to downtown Salt Lake City for the semi-annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It’s a time of year LDS Church members look forward to, a chance to hear from church leaders. There aren’t any big announcements expected, historically messages center on basic gospel principles, but members say they hope leaders address timely issues like the presidential election and recent terror […]

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    Doctors, parents talk about progress of two missionaries injured in Brussels terrorist attack

    SALT LAKE CITY — The parents and doctors of Mason Wells and Joseph “Dres” Empey, two of the four LDS Church missionaries who were injured last week in Brussels, gave a news conference Thursday morning to talk about their recovery. University of Utah Hospital officials also released new pictures of Wells and Empey, giving a first look at them without their facial bandages. “Both Mr. Wells and Mr. Empey arrived in actually pretty good condition, so I thank our Belgian colleagues […]


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