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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
  • Mesquite accepting applications for medical marijuana dispensary

    MESQUITE, Nev. – Utah may soon have a medical marijuana dispensary less than 30 miles from its border. This week, the city of Mesquite started accepting applications from businesses interested in setting up shop. The city council approved an ordinance to allow a grow operation earlier this month. Any business would first need to be approved by the state of Nevada to produce cannabis products. The city council will then consider the conditional use permit. Mesquite City Development Services Director […]

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    Utah mother who left baby in hot car will not face charges

    HURRICANE, Utah – The mother of an infant who died after being left in a hot car earlier this month will not face criminal charges. That’s the decision of the Washington County Attorney, who said the facts don’t support conviction. County Attorney Brock Belnap released his decisions and findings Wednesday and said it was a tough case to consider, especially given the way it’s divided the community. Then 11-month-old Skyah Suwyn died after being left in a hot car on […]

  • Motorists advised to plan for travel time in Virgin River Gorge as Labor Day approaches

    VIRGIN RIVER GORGE, Ariz. – With a long weekend just a few days away, the Arizona Department of Transportation is warning drivers about potentially long delays south of St. George. Drivers in the Virgin River gorge have been dealing with delays for the past few months due to two separate construction projects being done along Interstate 15. Crews recently finished resurfacing two bridges. “We’re basically replacing the entire bridge,” said ADOT spokesman Dustin Krugel. “It’s a $27 million project. We […]

  • Roundup brings old west tradition to southern Utah

    KANAB, Utah – The southern Utah community of Kanab is embracing the old west this weekend. The Western Legends Roundup started on Wednesday and is a celebration of that old west heritage. Thousands flock to the streets for music, street vendors, cowboy poetry and a celebration of the city’s rich movie making history. “Kanab was the scene of almost 200 movies and commercials,” said Brent Chamberlain, executive director of the roundup. “A lot of the old westerns were made here.” […]

  • Carousel once the center of controversy now turning a profit

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The St. George carousel is a popular attraction in the downtown area, but that wasn’t always the case. For the first time in three years, it’s actually making a profit. What started as a bit of controversial use of tax dollars, has become a downtown draw. The city council approved the purchase of the carousel in 2011, that was an election year and several opponents used the $275,000 purchase as an example of overspending. The purchase […]

  • Police: Thief takes $40 ring he believed was worth about $10,000

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A jewelry store thief in St. George got away with less than what he expected this week. What he thought was $10,000 ring, turned out to be a fake. St. George police said it happened on Monday. A man entered JK Jewelers, and after asking to looking at a ring, took off out the door with it. Jewelry store owner Kristy Goodrich said she couldn’t help but laugh, because the ring was just a display piece, […]

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    Pit bull recovering after being shot by an arrow, officials say

    IVINS, Utah – Washington County Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating after a pit bull was found shot with an arrow Friday morning. It’s the third time an animal has been injured with an arrow or dart this year. Now the Humane Society is offering a reward for information. The deputy found the dog, dubbed the name “Sarge,” wandering on Old Highway 91 with a gaping wound. At first animal control officers thought Sarge had been shot with a gun, but […]

  • Utah Symphony plays canyon concert as part of Mighty 5 Tour

    BRYCE CANYON, Utah — The sounds of classical music soared out over the canyon as the Utah Symphony played a classical concert at Bryce Canyon. The stop is part of the group’s Mighty 5 Tour, which is a series of concerts held at outdoor venues in Utah. FOX 13 News’ Zach Whitney was present for the performance, see the video above for his report. Click here to learn more about the Utah Symphony’s Mighty 5 Tour.

  • Utah AG visits Hildale, discusses efforts to reunite the community

    HILDALE, Utah – Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says major changes in Hildale mark an exciting time for the southern Utah town. Reyes visited with residents Thursday to talk about efforts to reunite the community. Reyes first stopped at the newly reopened public school. He met with administrators and students and says the school is one major way the community will reunite. “There has been a lot of tumult here in the community,” Reyes said. “There have been a lot […]

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore moving to larger location, seeks volunteers

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah typically recruits volunteers to help build homes for people in the community, now the group is focusing their remodeling efforts on their thrift store. The Re-Store sells donated home items to benefit the non-profit. It opened in St. George more than five years ago, but managers said they’re bursting out of their 15,000 square feet. Recently the organization started work on a new location, which will more than double the […]

  • 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 […]


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