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.

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    Research from BYU suggests Utah County’s climate makes dust mites less of a concern

    PROVO, Utah – For years we’ve heard warnings about dust mites living in our mattresses, but research out of Brigham Young University indicates the microscopic insects aren’t as prevalent along the Wasatch Front. Dust mites live in furniture and feed off of dead skin cells, but Molecular Biology professor Scott Weber and Health Science professor Jim Johnston found the climate is too dry to support large numbers. Their findings were recently published in PLOS One, a scientific journal. “We have […]

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    Texting and driving still an issue 2 years after distracted driving law enacted

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It’s been two years since Utah’s heightened distracted driving law went into effect. Lawmakers hoped it would curb crashes, but Utah Highway Patrol says it’s still a major problem on roadways. Under the current law, use of a cellphone for anything other than calling or GPS, is prohibited. Last year, UHP says, they stopped 1,443 drivers for texting behind the wheel, and gave out 491 tickets. So far in 2016, they’ve pulled over 733 drivers […]

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    DNA testing helps lead to arrest in 5-year-old murder case in Tooele

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Familial DNA testing is what helped Tooele police find a suspect in a five-year-old murder case. It’s one of two tests the state crime lab has done since it started the program in 2014. State crime lab director Jay Henry said the use of familial DNA testing has been around for about 10 years, first developed in the United Kingdom, but has become more wide-spread. It works by taking an unknown DNA sample and comparing […]

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    Utah DPS praises Amber Alert system after children and suspects found

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Public Safety is praising the Amber Alert system for working successfully Thursday in bringing home two Clinton girls abducted by non-custodial parents. Police say Christopher Montoya and Monica Martinez took their two daughters, 3-year-old Cynthia Montoya and her 11-month-old sister Marae, from their grandmother’s home around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The widespread Amber Alert hit about 8 p.m., and by 4 a.m. the next morning the pair was spotted in Gallup, New […]

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    Businesses and a home in Layton damaged by raw sewage

    LAYTON, Utah – Four businesses and a home are cleaning up after raw sewage back flowed into buildings Wednesday night. The back-up happened while contractors C&L Water Solutions worked on a nearby sewer line. Thursday, project superintendent BJ Riggins said they were still looking into the exact cause. “It’s an ongoing investigation,” Riggins said. “We had a building back up, we’re doing everything we can to get it cleaned up right now.” Darren Wible’s dental assisting school was one of […]

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    Sail boats back in Great Salt Lake after wet winter and spring

    MAGNA, Utah – After a year of being out of the water, sail boats are going back into the Great Salt Lake. The boats were taken out last year when water levels got too low for sailing, but a wet winter and spring have given sailors the room they need to head back out on the water. A crew of about 12 used a crane to hoist around 22 sailboats out of the parking lot and lower them into the […]

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    Stretch of I-215 to undergo construction

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A major reconstruction of four miles along the Interstate 215 west belt will slow traffic for the next year and a half, but hopefully make the stretch a smoother ride for motorists. The Utah Department of Transportation will start its 215 Renewed project Tuesday night. The work zone will stretch from State Route 201 to 4700 South. The road will be reduced to two lanes in both direction while crews replace the concrete, rebuild bridges […]

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    Advocates for medical marijuana in Utah pushing forward with ballot initiative

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It may have failed in the Utah legislature, but advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana are still pushing forward. Historically, medical marijuana has been a legislative issue, with advocates relying on State Senators and Representatives to get the measure passed. But TRUCE President Christine Stenquiest said advocates say it’s quickly becoming an issue for all political offices. “It is an issue that a candidate must take on,” said Stenquist, who is also running for […]

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    Unified Police K-9 shot and killed in Millcreek standoff; suspect critically injured

    MILLCREEK, Utah – A Unified Police K-9 Unit was shot and killed while officers were trying to arrest a suspect near 4300 South, 700 East Wednesday night. Unified Police said the K-9 went in first to search for the suspect and was shot. Police then returned fire and moved back to set up a containment area. “It`s a tragedy and our entire K-9 unit, our entire department is mourning the loss but thank God it wasn’t one of our officers,” said Salt […]

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    Provo High School campus sold to BYU for $25M

    PROVO, Utah – The cougars will soon be taking over the doghouse. On Tuesday, the Provo City School District announced Brigham Young University will buy the current Provo High School campus for $25 million. BYU’s offer was one just one of several the school board had looked at over the past several months. The district announced they’d sell the property late last year after starting the process to build a new high school at district-owned property west of Geneva Road. […]

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    Hundreds show support to keep Salt Lake County equestrian park open

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Hundreds of equestrian enthusiasts filled the arena of the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center Monday with one clear message: keep the facility open. The crowd gathered for a town hall meeting with the Salt Lake County council to discuss the future of the facility. It’s part of a larger discussion brought up earlier this year by councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton. She raised the question in a blog post whether they should continue to provide a subsidy […]

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    Utah tech company’s expansion part of growing ‘Silicon Slopes’

    LEHI, Utah – They started in a small Provo warehouse and now Utah tech company Entrata Software announced they’re expanding operations again, bringing their total workforce to 1,400 employees. The expansion is just one of several companies adding to the growing “Silicon Slopes” of Northern Utah County. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development reports Utah is the second fastest growing state for tech jobs, making up about 5.6% of the Utah workforce. Entrata will expand operations, adding 191 employees over […]


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