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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
  • St. George ranked 5th as fastest growing area in the country

    ST GEORGE, Utah – Washington County is in the middle of a population boom. The latest U.S. Census Bureau numbers show the St. George metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in the country. The report released Friday, shows St. George ranking fifth on the list of fastest growing areas. The metro area, which includes St. George, Washington City, Santa Clara and Ivins, grew from a population of 147,800 in 2013 to 151,948 in 2014 – a 2.9 percent […]

  • Board of Regents votes to increase tuition, fees at Utah’s public universities

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Higher education at Utah’s public universities just got a little more expensive, as the state Board of Regents approved a 3 percent increase during their March meeting at Dixie State University Friday. Tuition increases are something the Regents take up every year following the legislative session. Unfortunately for students, the trend is always an increase. The Regents followed the recommendation of State Higher Education Commissioner David Buhler and approved a first tier increase of 3 percent, […]

  • Five hikers rescued from 200-foot cliff after spending night on mountain

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – A group of hikers in southern Utah had to rescued Thursday morning after getting ledged out on a 200-foot cliff. The five friends set out for a late night hike Wednesday in the Red Cliffs Recreation Area, and they ran out of food and water and had to spend the night on the mountain. Henry Bishop was one of those hikers. He admits the group was ill prepared for such a long hike so late in […]

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    Park managers using popular formation’s decapitation as a teaching moment

    BRYCE CANYON, Utah – A popular rock formation in Bryce Canyon National Park has changed, as “The turtle” seen from the Mossy Cave Trail is without a head. Park managers say they’re not sure exactly when it happened, but they said it’s an example of nature at work. And while it’s a sad moment for those who always looked for the turtle, rangers are using it as a teaching moment. “That’s what makes Bryce Canyon,” said park chief of interpretation […]

  • Construction begins on thoroughfare road in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A major collector road in St George is getting completely cut off for several months. It’s part of a project aimed at making it safer for bicyclists and motorists. On Monday, road crews began demolishing the just over a mile long section of Indian Hills Drive. Some residents who live along the road say the complete overhaul of the is long overdue. Public Works director Cameron Cutler said the once country road sees about 3,300 cars […]

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    Man’s best friend is in doghouse after car crashes into store

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – A man’s best friend is in the doghouse after it allegedly crashed a car into a southern Utah store over the weekend.  Kent Mitchell, the owner of DNC Ammo & Gun, 520 S. Main Street, said he got the call from his alarm company just after 10 a.m. A vehicle crossed Main Street and crashed into the building. The sole occupant was a German shepherd, according to Cedar City police. The owner of the dog told […]

  • Skywest’s annual ‘Mini Indy’ raises funds for community programs

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Companies from across the globe came to southern Utah Friday to compete in the annual SkyWest Airlines Mini Indy. The go kart race is a fundraiser for local charities, but the racers say it’s a fierce competition. The Mini Indy started 15 years ago. The teams are made up of SkyWest employees, airline business partners, and local companies. Racers said its something they look forward to all year. “Twenty-two miles per hour, that close to the […]

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    Zion NP food worker being treated for tuberculosis, NPS says low risk to public

    ZION NATOINAL PARK, Utah – Public health officials are investigating a confirmed case of tuberculosis at Zion National Park, and they said at this point they believe the risk of wide-spread exposure is extremely low. Park superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh said the concessions employee notified supervisors of the diagnosis March 13. Since that time, doctors with the National Park Service public health office and the Southwest Utah Public Health Department have identified a handful of people who had close enough contact […]

  • Animal advocates say punishment for teen who killed cat should be more severe

    ST GEORGE, Utah – A St. George teenager was ordered to do community service after admitting to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges in juvenile court Wednesday. Animal advocates say they wish the punishment could have been more severe, but it’s the best they could have asked for under Utah law. The 16-year-old boy entered a plea agreement with prosecutors. Defense attorney Michael Labrum told the court the boy was trying to scare away the stray cat when he blew darts at […]

  • Crews see spike in search and rescue operations in southern Utah

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The Washington County Search and Rescue team says they’re having an unusually high number of rescues in southern Utah this year, and they said there isn’t a clear reason for the spike. The team, made up of volunteers, has responded to 27 calls for help since the first of the year, which is compared to 44 in all of 2014. The locations and situations vary, but in the majority of cases coordinators said the rescues could […]

  • Water district managers across the state meet to discuss drought solutions

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – In the face of another dry year, Utah water district managers are meeting to explore new solutions to a growing concern about providing a strong water supply for an ever increasing demand. Workshops are part of the Utah Water Users Association convention. The yearly meeting is one the largest of its kind in the country. Water managers from across the state are exploring different aspects of expansion and conservation. “Water in Utah is so vitally important,” […]

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    Boats towed into Utah to be checked for ‘STD of the sea’

    SOUTHERN UTAH — Starting Monday, anyone towing a boat into Utah from other states can expect to be stopped and have their boat examined before entering the state. The Division of Wildlife Resources is desperately trying to prevent the spread of quagga mussels from other states into Utah. Biologists opened up mandatory checkpoints at the port of entry and several other locations throughout the state. Quagga mussels have already infested several large lakes in Utah and surrounding states and DWR […]


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