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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
  • Officials seek feedback on proposed fee increase at national parks in southern Utah

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Iron County residents got the chance to voice their opinion in person about a proposed fee increase at three of southern Utah’s national parks. Thursday, superintendents with Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument held an open house to answer questions about the proposed entrance fee increase and collect public comment. The increases are proposed by the parks themselves, but in general they would increase entrance fees between $5 and $10. […]

  • Court employees investigated for allegedly deleting citations for friends, family

    PAROWAN, Utah – Five Iron County Justice Court employees could soon find themselves facing criminal charges. This week, Parowan Police Chief Kan Carpenter completed an investigation into alleged mishandling of court documents. The allegations say those employees deleted traffic citations for their friends and family. “Rather than the citations going through the legal process, it was being circumvented,” Carpenter said. “That’s what we took a look at.” Parowan City runs their own justice court, so in this case they were […]

  • Utah teacher finds teen’s body in school bathroom, authorities investigating as suicide

    BEAVER, Utah – A  teacher found a 17-year-old girl’s body in a Beaver County school bathroom Monday and now officials are investigating a possible suicide. “There was a gun that was found on scene next to her and we believe that could be the cause of death,” Sheriff Cameron Noel said. Noel said, in a hunting community, it’s not unusual for a teen to have access to a weapon. His office is working to investigate why and how this happened. Officials said, […]

  • Washington City officials begin work on new park at historic watering hole

    WASHINGTON CITY, Utah – City crews have started work on turning a historic watering hole into its newest city park. The move comes as a surprise to a group who’d hoped to see the area preserved as a unique ecosystem. The Warm Springs, also known as “The Boilers” have been locked up since the 1990s, but just before Christmas the fences came down and public works employees began removing some of the ground cover. Washington City mayor Ken Nielson said […]

  • Woman who went into labor while airborne shares her story

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A Wisconsin woman who went into labor on a flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis Wednesday said she’s grateful for the quick action of flight crews in helping her through the ordeal. The Delta flight made an emergency landing in Salt Lake City. Now the family is on an extended layover. Allison and Zach are first time parents. When they boarded the flight toward home, birth was far from their minds. About 30 minutes into […]

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    Woman gives birth after flight diverted to SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — A woman whose Delta Air Lines flight was diverted to Salt Lake City Wednesday morning has given birth at a local hospital. According to Salt Lake City International Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann, Delta flight 2566 from San Francisco to Minneapolis had to make an emergency stop in SLC because a passenger was having “pregnancy complications.” The woman was taken to University Hospital, where she gave birth via an emergency cesarean section, a hospital spokeswoman said. Alta […]

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    Expert offers tips for keeping the heat coming during winter months

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – As the temperatures drop outside, inside people are cranking up the heat. That means furnace repair companies are also work late nights to fix overworked heating systems. Technicians with Same Day Heating and Air said they’ve received hundreds of calls in the past few days from people who turn on their thermostats, and they don’t work. Technician Cleigh Thomas said it’s caused him some late nights. “The phones have been ringing off the hook, staying […]

  • Gunfire after argument ends with stray bullet in child’s room; no injuries

    COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – Police say it could have ended tragically. An altercation ended with shots fired, one into the room of a 4-year-old boy. It happened Friday when police say several men got into an argument at the Waterside Condominium complex on 1300 East. One of the men was hit with the butt of a gun. Police say the victim fired two shots. One went through an exterior wall, the other through the floor and into the home of […]

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    Southern Utah’s Brian Head Resort gets 34 inches of new powder

    BRIAN HEAD, UTAH – Thursday’s Christmas storm brought fresh powder to most of Utah’s ski resorts, but one got more than all the others, and it’s located in southern Utah. On Friday, Brian Head resort reported 34 inches of snow accumulated within the previous 48 hours. Hundreds of people filled the slopes, hoping to get a little bit of the fresh powder. “We all just came out to get some snow,” said Salt Lake-area skier Fern Hardin. “I mean, nothing […]

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    Drivers shed tears of gratitude after Christmas encounter with cops

    ENOCH, Utah — Getting pulled over by the police is never fun, but what if they handed you cash instead of a ticket? That’s what happened in Iron County this week when Enoch police spread a little holiday cheer “The thought in their mind is… maybe they’re getting a citation, maybe they’re getting a warning, and then we come back up and hand them a hundred-dollar bill, and tell them ‘Merry Christmas,’” said officer Dustin Roy of the Enoch Police […]

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    Former NASCAR driver pleads guilty after three-state chase

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A former NASCAR driver who was arrested last year for leading police on a chase through three states pleaded guilty on Tuesday, saying substance abuse led to his destructive behavior. In Jan. 2012, Timothy Tyler Walker and his then-wife were driving from their home in California. Nevada troopers attempted to stop him, but he took off. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to failure to stop, driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine. “I’ve been able […]

  • Construction underway to restore southern Utah’s first movie theater

    ST GEORGE, Utah – Construction is underway in downtown St. George, with a goal of restoring the first motion picture theater in southern Utah. Last week, crews began demolition of two buildings adjoining the historic Electric Theater. Earlier this month they completely gutted the theater itself. The $3.5 million project will restore the theater to its original 1911 design. The city council expressed interest in the renovation back in 2012. They purchased the buildings and hope to transform the landmark […]


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