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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
  • Tourism directors in southern Utah say recent warm weather increases area’s appeal

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Warmer temperatures may be thwarting plans for those who are looking for snow in February, but in southern Utah tourism directors say it’s actually providing a slight boost in visitation. Tourism directors said there aren’t any hard numbers to report, but anecdotally managers said they’re seeing more people out on the trails and on the golf greens. Pete Crane is among them. He’s visiting Snow Canyon State Park from Seattle. “People told us it was going […]

  • Road work will delay visitors in Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – The Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park may be a great summer getaway, but this summer, access will be limited. Starting March 2, road crews will begin a complete reconstruction of Kolob Terrace Road through the park. It’s a stretch of road that connects Highway 9 with Kolob Reservoir. It was originally paved in 1979, without a proper base or storm drain culverts. Park spokesperson Aly Baltrus said increased use of the old road […]

  • Washington Co. officials discuss possible implementation of curbside recycling

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah -Washington county residents recycled over 1,700 tons of material in 2014. It’s a number that would grow if the county implemented a curbside pickup, but some residents say it’s not worth the cost. Recycling has grown 75 percent since the county started the “binnies” program in 2008. Under current collection yellow sorting bins are placed at various locations throughout the county and residents bring their recycling to those bins. Monday the Washington County Solid Waste Board met […]

  • St. George police sees spike in car burglaries

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Police say an unprecedented spike in vehicle burglaries prompted a familiar warning to residents — keep valuables out of cars. In the past two weeks officers have responded to more than 20 different calls of vehicle burglaries. “It’s noticeable enough that we wanted to put some information out to St. George and the residents here that we are seeing an upswing,” said St. George police Sgt. Sam Despain. “There are individuals out there that seem to […]

  • Viral videos may be boosting tourism in southern Utah

    SOUTHERN UTAH — Tourism is up in southern Utah, and directors said its due in part to YouTube, as videos that have gone viral online are making the red rocks of Utah seem especially inviting. The St, George Tourism Bureau says tourism is up, and they said that is an indicator that word is getting out about the scenic views in the southern part of the state. Social media is helping to spread that message. “You have the power of […]

  • Washington City officials, residents discuss future of historic Warm Springs

    SOUTHERN UTAH — Washington City is getting a lot of heat from residents about their plans to turn the historic Warm Springs into a city park. City officials said that has always been the plan, but some residents who spoke with FOX 13 News aren’t on board. Rex Torgenson is a Washington City resident, and he said he believes Warm Springs should be saved rather than destroyed. He said he approves of the city’s effort to clean up the area […]

  • DSU student and dad take trip to Dominican Republic to offer medical aid

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A Dixie State University student is among the first from southern Utah to take a surgical trip to the Dominican Republic, but he said the real honor was working alongside a mentor, his father. Jensen Stock, 28, said it really was the trip of a lifetime for him. He’s a pre-med student at Dixie State, but he said going to a third world country solidified his choice to go into health care. “It was pretty eye-opening,” […]

  • Police in Mesquite warn residents after 82 percent increase in home burglaries

    MESQUITE, Nevada – A string of home burglaries throughout the city has residents in Mesquite on edge and police warning homeowners to keep doors locked and eyes open. Detectives said they’re currently investigating 30 different burglaries across the city. It’s an 82 percent increase in home burglaries from just five months ago. Mesquite police Lieutenant MaQuade Chesley said they’re different than past burglary sprees. Instead of taking off with large, expensive items, thieves are taking whatever small items they can […]

  • Students in southern Utah campaign against teen dating violence

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – High school students in southern Utah are adding purple to their school colors this month; it’s part of a national campaign to raise awareness for teen dating violence. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Youth advocates with the Canyon Creek Woman’s Crisis Center are helping students learn about healthy relationships and trying to prevent abusive behavior before it starts. “We’re trying to teach them what a healthy behavior looks like,” said Youth Advocate Darrah Jones. […]

  • Viral videos showcasing S. Utah landscape boosts tourism, officials say

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Tourism in southern Utah is up. Directors say it is due in part to exposure through YouTube. The scenic views of Zion National Park, Corona Arch and Bryce Canyon are just some of the backdrops to some of the most popular videos of the last two years. It’s one reason the St. George Tourism Bureau teamed up with popular music video makers “The Piano Guys” to show off those views. “They have over 3 million subscribers […]

  • His death helped tighten Utah’s driving laws, now his widow opposes efforts to undo changes

    ST GEORGE, Utah – The widow of a man whose death helped tighten Utah’s distracted driving laws is upset a Utah lawmaker is trying to loosen them. Leslee Henson said she was angry to learn about HB 63, a bill that would allow drivers to use handheld devices to make and receive calls, and also allow texting and playing music through hands-free devices. Henson helped push through the current law regarding cell phone use in cars, one that passed just […]

  • Misleading review and poorly marked trail may have contributed to hikers getting lost

    IVINS, Utah – A misleading review of a southern Utah hike may have led to two couples getting lost over the weekend, and search and rescue team members said it’s actually quite common on this particular trail. Sunday, the two couples in their 60s set out on the Red Mountain trail. Search and Rescue liaison Darrell Cashin said the group had bought a map which indicated the trail had moderate difficulty, and would take five hours. It ended up taking […]


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