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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
  • New facilities open at Parowan Gap site

    PAROWAN, Utah — Visitors to the Parowan Gap in southern Utah will notice some changes to the small canyon northwest of Cedar City. The Bureau of Land Management recently completed a number of improvements to the site. Improvements include paved walkways, a picnic area and restroom facilities. BLM outdoor recreation planner Dave Jacobson said they planned the $350,000 project to better accommodate the roughly 50,000 people who visit the area every year. “Of course you can’t improve something already fantastic […]

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    Utah officers forced to shoot running bull after getting the horns

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — Police are searching for the owner of a bull that got loose in Cedar City Monday morning. The bull ran amuck through a neighborhood near Southern Utah University and left two people with minor injuries. At approximately 7 a.m., police got the call about a bull in a residential neighborhood. When officers arrived, it led them on a chase. “Officers were busy clearing the streets, trying to get people out of the way,” said Cedar City […]

  • Games award gold medals to athletes in their golden years

    ST GEORGE, Utah – Senior athletes from all over the world are in southern Utah this week to compete for the gold medal. The Hunstman World Senior Games kicked off October 6. Seniors are competing in 27 different sports over the course of two weeks. They may have more gray hairs than younger athletes, but the competition is just as fierce. “I didn’t even learn my sport until I was 35,” said volleyball player Susan Waters. “So to have this […]

  • Influx of returned LDS Church missionaries may explain enrollment jump at DSU

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – While many universities across the state showed a decrease in enrollment this fall, at Dixie State University the student population is up for the first time in two years. A report released Wednesday by the Utah System of Higher Education shows Dixie State saw a 2.63 percent increase in enrollment, which amounts to about 220 students. Public Relations Director Steve Johnson said that has a lot to do with an increase in first time freshmen, as […]

  • Family says man died after fox got into substation, caused power outage

    ST GEORGE, Utah – The family of a local man says a power outage on Sunday resulted in the death of their father, and that blackout happened because a fox got into the substation. Now family members hope the city takes a closer look at what it does to keep animals out. Cindy LaCorti said her 67-year-old father-in-law, John Hopkins, relied on an oxygen machine 24 hours a day. So when it shut off during the power outage, he passed […]

  • Renovation begins on historic theatre in downtown St. George

    ST GEORGE, Utah – City crews have started a major renovation intended to give a spark of new life into St. George’s downtown area. The historic Electric Theatre is on its way to become a performing art center. The Electric Theatre, 68 E. Tabernacle Street, was built in the 1910’s and showed movies up until 1999. After that it became a venue for concerts and private parties, but ultimately fell into disrepair. The city bought the theatre in 2013 with […]

  • St. George residents lose power after fox gets into substation

    ST GEORGE, Utah — A fox is to blame for a power outage Sunday night that left close to 8,000 homes in the dark. The blackout only lasted about an hour, but it came sudden and was widespread. Utility directors say the fox entered the Green Valley substation just before 10 p.m., and it was the last thing he did. “He found his way into a substation and caused a reclosure to fault,” said St George City energy conservation coordinator […]

  • Runners, volunteers preparing for St. George Marathon

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – It’s considered one of the fastest and most scenic marathons in the country. This weekend, close to 7,000 people will race through the red rocks of southern Utah. The runners started arriving on Friday for the running and health expo, gearing up for the big race, but the main event will start early Saturday in Central, Utah. The 26.2-mile route winds through the countryside to downtown St. George. “It means a lot to the city,” said […]

  • Crews working extra shifts to repair damage to I-15 caused by recent storms

    CLARK COUNTY, Nev. – Road crews in Nevada are on an emergency repair timeline after flooding damaged another section of I-15 during the most recent storm. A mile-long section south of Mesquite is the latest wash out. Officials with the Nevada Department of Transportation said flooding during a storm on Saturday closed down the interstate in both directions as the water deeply undercut the asphalt between mile markers 111 and 112. “Some barrier rail was exposed,” said NDOT associate engineer […]

  • Silt fills reservoir’s inlets after flooding in southern Utah

    GUNLOCK, Utah – Cities in southern Utah are still cleaning up the mess from a flash flood that fell in the area on Saturday. The storm brought down a lot of water, but it also brought down a lot of dirt The dirt covered some streets and filled drains. But it also filled the inlets at Gunlock Reservoir. Officials with the Washington County Water Conservancy District said it happens after just about every major storm. “The drainage of the Santa […]

  • Couple treated for hypothermia after car falls into river in Garfield Co.

    GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews say an Italian couple is lucky to be alive after their car fell through a washed-out road and got carried downstream Saturday night. Sussana Dursi and Roberto Bellocci are still recovering from the incident. They were traveling to Kodachrome Basin State Park when the road crossing the Paria River swept their car away. Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Clint Pearson got the call from his daughter after dark that there was a hole […]

  • Explosion in Colorado City alleged to be instance of intimidation, federal agents investigating

    COLORADO CITY, Ariz. – Federal agents are investigating an explosion that destroyed a pickup truck. Local residents said the blast was intentional and is the latest in a string of intimidation tactics. The truck belongs to David Stubbs, a former member of the FLDS church. Officials with the Mohave County sheriff’s office said they believe it happened on a remote area of the Stubbs’ property sometime between Friday, September 19 and Sunday, September 21. No one was injured when the […]


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