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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
  • Hildale public school reopens after more than a decade

    HILDALE, Utah – Students in Hildale are going back to school, some for the first time in over a decade. The Washington County School District reopened the town’s public school this year. It’s called the Water Canyon School. Community members say hey hope the school will repair some of the isolation they’ve felt from members of the FLDS church.. Formerly Phelps elementary, the public school shut down in 200 after a revelation from FLDS leader Warren Jeffs resulted in almost […]

  • Child who died in hot car would have turned 1 Friday, parents speak at memorial event

    HURRICANE, Utah – Friday would have been Skyah Suwyn first birthday, but instead friends and family gathered to release balloons in honor of the young girl—who died after being left in a hot car last week. Skyah’s parents spoke about the outpouring of support they’ve seen from their neighbors. “They really want the best for us, and they’ve really stepped up to the plate and just been amazing,” said April Suwyn, who is Skyah’s mother. April and her husband Micah […]

  • St. George City Council approves multi-use development

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Plans for a major multi-use development in downtown St. George are one step closer to reality after approval by the city council Thursday. The 3.9-acre property is located on the south side of Tabernacle Street from 200 West to 300 West. Dubbed with the name “Joule Plaza,” the multi-use development will contain retail and residential space. “It’ll be a first for St. George,” said St. George city community development coordinator Bob Nicholson. “It’s in the downtown, […]

  • Summer rain offers slight reprieve, but drought conditions remain

    ST GEORGE, Utah – Summer monsoons have brought a slight reprieve from drought conditions across the state, but water district managers said it’s a far cry from what’s needed. “Our soil moisture conditions are extremely dry,” said Washington County Water Conservancy District general manager Ron Thompson. “And our river flow are significantly below normal.” The latest numbers from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s August report show the Virgin River has a 19 percent water availability index, meaning the amount of […]

  • Flash flooding in Veyo strands campers; officials urge residents to sign up for county alerts

    VEYO, Utah – A Washington County business owner is still assessing the damage after a weekend flash flood on Monday. Veyo Pool owner Morris Awtell expects flash floods every now and again due to his location on the Santa Clara River, but he said the one that came through early Saturday morning was unexpected. “The strength of that water,” Atwell said. “We had to get several picnic tables out of the trees. We hadn’t had any rain, so yeah, that […]

  • Blue Angels show in Utah a homecoming for one member of the crew

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels spent their Pioneer Day getting to know the St. George skies. It’s all part of the preparation for their show this weekend, but for one of the ground crew, it’s more than just a show: it’s a homecoming. Petty Officer 1st Class Benjamin Hernandez is the crew doctor. But before he landed the spot of keeping the Blue Angels in tip top shape, he called Murray home. The 2002 graduate of […]

  • Blue Angels arrive in southern Utah ahead of weekend air show

    ST GEORGE, Utah – St. George got a preview of the Thunder Over Utah Air Show Wednesday as six of the Navy Blue Angels arrived at the airport. The event is expected to draw in hundreds of people from across the region. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are known across the country for their high-flying tricks, and the pilots didn’t disappoint. The Blue Angels landed six of their iconic F-18s and the crowd favorite Navy C-130. A small group of […]

  • Mesquite City Council discuss establishment of medical marijuana dispensary

    MESQUITE, Nev. – Mesquite City Council members have voted to proceed with the discussion on two ordinances that could establish a medical marijuana dispensary in the city. It’s an issue that has divided a community, and would likely be the closest medical marijuana growing facility to the Utah border. The council voted 4-1 to advance the ordinances, with Councilman Kraig Hafen dissenting. Close to 100 people came to the city council meeting Tuesday night, and although this was just a […]

  • Update: Family confirms 2 Utah teen brothers killed in Arizona plane crash

    UPDATE: Family members have confirmed two Utah brothers were killed when a plane they were in crashed on the Arizona-Utah border Sunday. The two brothers, 19-year-old Daulton Whatcott and 16-year-old Jaxon Whatcott, are from Clinton, Utah, and were on the way to a basketball tournament. Relatives said Jaxon played for Syracuse High School. LITTLEFIELD, Ariz. – Authorities are releasing more information after a plane crashed at the Virgin River Gorge near the Utah-Arizona border which killed two people Sunday night. Ian […]

  • Police: 70-year-old man threatens neighbors with gun, man shoots him

    LEEDS, Utah – Washington County deputies are investigating after a neighbor shot a 70-year-old man in Leeds. Authorities said 70-year-old Stephen Aizenberg walked to his neighbor’s house armed with a handgun. Deputies said Aizenberg pointed the gun at his neighbors and neighbor’s guests, who were in the driveway. Officials said one of the guests felt threatened and shot Aizenberg when the man continued to approach them with a gun pointed at the group. The Washington County Sheriff’s office said it doesn’t know why Aizenberg […]

  • Homeowners cleaning up after flooding in Enterprise

    ENTERPRISE, Utah – Homeowners are cleaning up after flash floods ripped through several neighborhoods Wednesday, causing extensive damage to at least two homes. Conservative estimates said close to 3 inches of rain fell in just one hour. Residents said they’re used to flash floods in town, but this one seemed more intense. “Before we knew it water’s come through the door, through the walls, the whole carpet’s flooded,” said Marv’s Drive In owner Raelene Hall. Hall spent Thursday with fans […]

  • California condor chick hatches in Zion National Park

    SPRINGDALE, Utah – After months of mere speculation, biologists in Zion National Park can now make the official birth announcement. A pair of California condors has hatched a chick, park officials said Tuesday. It’s the first wild-born California condor in Utah since organizations began reintroduction efforts in the 1990s. The California condor had been poisoned to the brink of extinction in the early 1900s. Fewer than 25 existed when The Peregrine Fund began work to revive the population in northern […]


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