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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
  • Lower ozone limits could impact Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A proposed reduction in acceptable levels of ozone has some industry leaders worried about what it will do the energy industry. On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled their proposal. Directors are recommending lowering the ozone limit from 75 parts per billion to 65 to 70 parts per billion. One of the main goals is for public health, and the recommendations are based on scientific reports into the effects of pollution. “We want to make […]

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    Washington City man sentenced in murders of wife, stepson

    ST GEORGE, Utah — A Washington City man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading no contest to the shooting death of his wife and stepson three years ago. On Tuesday, Richard Andrew Jones appeared in the 5th District Court. Judge Eric Ludlow gave Jones two consecutive life sentences, without the possibility of parole. “Mr. Jones, you will die as an inmate at the Utah State Prison,” Judge Ludlow told Jones at sentencing. Defense attorney Stephen […]

  • DWR relocates Bighorn sheep in S. Utah

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – Dozens of bighorn sheep in southern Utah are getting relocated for the winter. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is moving the animals with the help of some highflying equipment. Helicopters flew around Hildale gathering up sheep for transport Monday. Biologists rounded up close to a dozen and moved them to an area near Pine Valley. The roundup is part of a transplant program DWR has used since the 1970s to keep the herds throughout Utah […]

  • Code Camp at DSU challenges competitors to create app in 24 hours

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Computer programmers gathered in southern Utah Friday, tasked with creating an application in just 24 hours. It’s called Code Camp, and organizers said it’s a way to foster job growth in St George. There were 250 people who signed up for the challenge, which is sponsored by the Dixie Technical Association. Companies sent teams, college students signed up, and high-schoolers are hoping to beat them all. Those involved said it may sound boring to those who […]

  • BLM may add 100 miles of biking trails in southern Utah

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Mountain bikers in southern Utah may soon have more options for outdoor exploration; the Bureau of Land Management is considering a plan to develop 100 miles of trails east of Cedar City. It’s being called the Red Hills Area Recreation Trails. BLM managers said the International Mountain Biking Association approached them about developing a formal trail system. The area is already used for mountain biking and hiking, and the project would clear paths and set signs. […]

  • Police investigating suspect believed to be part of group specializing in copper thefts

    GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah – Investigators say that with the public’s help, they believe they’ve identified one of the men responsible for a string of copper thefts throughout Garfield County. County Sheriff James Perkins said several businesses have been hit over the past year, with the damage totaling more than $30,000. The thieves have moved quick and worn masks in each of the thefts–leaving police with little to go on. But Saturday, detectives got a break in the case when one […]

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    Fox gets into substation, causes power outage in St. George

    GEORGE, Utah – Foxes keep sticking their noses where they don’t belong. City officials say two recent power outages were caused by foxes, but they have a plan to try and prevent it. The most recent outage happened on Sunday. Crews say a fox got into the Green Valley Substation and tripped a circuit breaker climbing on the structures. They believe he was looking for food. Birds often nest near the tall lines. “That obviously is an open invitation for […]

  • Cougar sightings in St. George put residents on edge

    ST GEORGE, Utah — A number of cougar sightings near homes has put residents on edge. Local police say several people have seen a mountain lion entering the neighborhood of 400 W. and 670 North Circle. The sightings have occurred over past several months, more frequently residents have found tracks. “We’ve had a couple reports of a mountain lion and some cubs that have been reported,” says Sgt. Sam Despain. “We just wanted to make people aware in St. George […]

  • Man allegedly murdered, dismembered, buried his wife then claimed she left the state

    RICHFIELD, Utah – The family of a woman who was reported missing more than two months ago said they finally have a sense of closure Friday as the woman’s husband faces formal charges that include aggravated murder. Melanie Callison’s sister reported her missing in September, and detectives found Callison’s remains earlier this week. Callison’s husband, Edward Callison, is behind bars and his charges include aggravated murder, obstruction of justice and desecration of a body. “If there’s one thing that sticks […]

  • Proposed change would mean more classes for high school students in Washington Co.

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – High School students in southern Utah could have more classes to look forward to next year. Principals are deciding whether to add more periods to the day, or keep them the same. Officials with the Washington County School District said the goal is to give kids a chance to get more out of their school day. The proposed change would create another class period, moving students from a 4×4 day, to 5×5. It would give students […]

  • Dixie State University dismisses basketball coach accused of discrimination

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Following accusations of discrimination and NCAA violations, Dixie State University dismissed the women’s basketball coach late last week. The school wouldn’t go into detail about why they dismissed one-season coach Catherria Turner. Turner has been the subject of an investigation by the NCAA into allegations of violations and discrimination. Related story: Former DSU women’s basketball players accuse coach of discrimination Former player Austen Harris said she was forced off the team by Turner because of the […]

  • Glen Canyon Dam opens flood gates to improve conditions downstream

    PAGE, Ariz. — Visitors to Glen Canyon Dam will see a whole lot of water flowing out. Not to worry – the dam hasn’t sprung a leak. It’s part of an experiment by the Bureau of Reclamation to improve conditions downstream. This is the third year the federal agency has done a high-flow experiment. For 96 hours the outlet will pour out 37,500 cubic feet per second of water. The main goal is to simulate yearly flash floods below the […]

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