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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
  • Zion official discusses vandalism at park, federal investigation ongoing

    ZION NATIONAL PARK – Federal prosecutors are waiting to review the investigation into graffiti at eight national parks, including some in Utah. Casey Nocket, 21, of New York is accused of defacing rocks across the western United States, including some in Zion National Park. Photos of the paintings at parks began appearing on social media a few weeks ago. “Graffiti in a park is vandalism, it’s not art,” said Zion National Park spokesperson Aly Baltrus. Baltrus said they aren’t disclosing […]

  • Bats removed from St. George courthouse

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Halloween may be over, but exterminators continue to pull dozens of bats out of the Washington County Courthouse. Nearly 150 bats have been removed from the 5th District Courthouse in St. George. The mammals first appeared in the building late last week. Southwest Exterminators technician Eric Palmer said the creatures have to be removed carefully because of their protected status. That’s why it’s taken several days to get the majority out. “As of Halloween we took […]

  • Marching bands from multiple states compete in southern Utah

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Thirteen Marching bands from Utah schools played their hearts out at a regional band competition featuring bands form eight different states. The American Fork High School marching band has been practicing all season for this performance; band member Kaden Maxwell said they’ve focused their attention on musical ambitions. “Rehearsals just about every day,” she said. “And during the school year, rehearsals after school, just about every day. So, we’re all behind on school work a little […]

  • Tourists flock to Zion for fall foliage

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – While leaves are falling off trees in much of the state, in southern Utah the fall colors have just begun to turn. Visitors are flocking to Zion National Park to get a look at the color on color views. The leaves typically turn later in the season, mostly due to the lower elevation and milder climate. They also attract artists and photographers. The array of colors are one reason the park hosts a Plein Air […]

  • Political candidates say sign vandalism, theft not uncommon

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Vandalism is something political candidates are forced to deal with during the campaign process. As the general election moves closer, those running in southern Utah are reporting more cases. St. George Police Department officials said they’ve received a few calls about stolen signs and minor vandalism. Sgt. Sam Despain said it doesn’t appear to be any more than in previous years, but it’s still concerning. “It falls under theft code and criminal mischief,” Despain said. “It’s […]

  • Woman arrested after Cedar City road rage incident turns violent, police say

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – An apparent road rage incident led to the arrest of a woman after she pulled a gun on the man she illegally passed just a few minutes earlier Tuesday morning. It happened in the parking lot of a Cedar Middle School. Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said 32-year-old Kimberly Tishie was dropping of her child around 8 a.m. A man reportedly witnessed her driving erratic a few blocks from the school. “Tishie passed illegally, made […]

  • Utah police shut down dance party because of… dancing?

    GEORGE, Utah — Police patrolled a Halloween party over the weekend to make sure there was no dancing. It has many on social media accusing the city of living in a “Footloose” mentality. The city says the organizers of the party didn’t follow the rules. Party organizers Heart of Dixie have held The Monster Mash for three years now, but this is the first time it took place in St. George. Organizer Jared Keddington said they thought they’d be able […]

  • Homeless shelter in southern Utah aims to be one-stop shop for those in need

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – City officials held a grand opening Friday for a new homeless center. But it’s more than a shelter, directors said it’s a one-stop shop for services to help individuals get back on their feet. It’s called the Switchpoint Community Resource Center. St. George Mayor Jon Pike said the city wanted a place where the community could come together for a common goal. Council members put aside half a million dollars in grant money and another $2 […]

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    Police chase leads to 2 arrests, recovery of 2 stolen vehicles

    BEAVER COUNTY, Utah – Sheriff deputies arrested two people Thursday morning after a high-speed chase that spanned two different counties, and each of the suspects was driving a stolen vehicle. The two males are an unidentified juvenile and 18-year-old Jose Thomas Erives of Rigby, Idaho. It started in Beaver when the two males decided to steal a Cadillac Escalade from a business parking lot. Sheriff’s Lieutenant Cody Black said the business owner went into the building for a few minutes. […]

  • Angelo Carrasco mugshot

    Man facing murder charge after domestic dispute escalates

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – An apparent domestic dispute turned deadly Tuesday night when one man shot an acquaintance following a heated argument. Officers arrested 34-year-old Angelo Seth Carrasco, who admitted to officers he shot and killed 45-year-old Shawn Leroy Multine. The two had been arguing at the home of a family member near 100 East and 575 North around 10:30 p.m. Witnesses told police Carrasco pulled out a rifle to shoot Multine dead. “[Officers] found Mr. Multine deceased on scene,” […]

  • City golf courses in S. Utah prepped for busy season

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — As the temperatures get cooler along the Wasatch Front golf courses in southern Utah are preparing for its busy season. The four city-owned courses are hoping this year will be a money-saving one. Since 2009, the golf industry has seen a general decline. City Golf Division Director Colby Cowen said it’s a nationwide trend. In 2013 the city reported a combined operating deficit of more than $800,000. “One thing that really affects us here in St. […]

  • S. Utah residents to vote on tax increase to boost parks, arts, recreation in area

    ST GEORGE, Utah — Voters in Washington County are considering the approval of a sales tax increase aimed at enhancing recreation, arts and parks in the area. The proposed RAP tax will appear on the November ballot as Proposition 3. If passed, it would increase non-food sales tax by .1% in the county. Those funds would be distributed to the cities based on population and collection to use specifically toward parks, arts and recreation projects. Fifteen percent of the fund […]


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