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
  • Rescuers help two teens stranded in Weber County

    WEBER COUNTY, Utah — Two teenagers have been rescued after they were stranded overnight in the Cutler Flats area of northern Weber County. The pair set out for a hike on the Ben Lomond Trail, near the North Fork Campground, around 3 p.m. Monday. By 9 p.m., they realize they couldn’t find their way back and called for help. Search and rescue crews had a difficult time finding a good way to reach the lost hikers. “The other team that […]

  • Hogle Zoo weighs in after rare gorilla shot, killed at Cincinnatti zoo to protect child

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The debate over whether a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla should have been shot is growing, but Monday, zoo directors defended the action. Animal care directors at Hogle Zoo said the death of the 17-year-old silverback gorilla is devastating, but won’t criticize the zoo’s actions. A person getting into enclosures is something they work hard to prevent. “We do many drills throughout the year to plan for different types of emergencies and accidents,” said Michele Stancer Hogle […]

  • As summer approaches, park rangers remind Utahns that life jackets save lives

    WASATCH COUNTY, Utah – Campsites are booked for Memorial Day weekend at Jordanelle State Park, but before boaters head out on the water, park rangers say they should make sure they have the proper safety gear. May 21-27 is National Safe Boating Week, and the main message from the National Boating Safety Council this year is wearing life jackets. “One of the things we want people to remember is life jackets save lives,” said Jordanelle State Park ranger Jason Whittaker. […]

  • Memorial Day weekend marks beginning of ‘100 deadliest days’ on Utah roadways

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, but it’s also the start of the 100 deadliest days on Utah roads. University of Utah AirMed paramedics see firsthand the deadly accidents that happen, that’s why they’re joining up with The Utah Department of Transportation and The Utah Highway Patrol’s Zero Fatalities campaign. Paramedic Nathan Morreale said they’re seeing more critically injured patients. “When AirMed is called to the scene of an accident, that means […]

  • Hawk caught on video attacking BYU student on campus

    UPDATE: Crews have created a walkway around the area where the hawks have been attacking students and faculty on BYU’s campus. PROVO, Utah – A new video shows a dive-bombing hawk attacking a student at BYU and is causing others to run for cover. Walking past the hawk family on campus means entering a trail of terror for many BYU faculty and students. Now student Madison Coburn has captured one of the dreaded encounters on video.  Recently a Cooper Hawk has set up […]

  • Skyline High senior faces fine after riding motorcycle through school

    MILLCREEK, Utah – A Skyline High School student received a $1,500 fine Tuesday after a senior prank didn’t go over well with school administrators. The senior drove his motorcycle through the busy halls of the high school as part of a senior prank. Friends caught the stunt of camera. He was eventually caught by administrators, and now could possibly be held back from graduation. “Very dangerous type of prank and we don’t find it humorous at all,” said Granite School […]

  • Nesting hawks on BYU campus attacking passersby

    PROVO, Utah – A dive-bombing hawk is causing students at Brigham Young University to run for cover. Recently a Cooper Hawk has set up home in one of the large trees outside the Brimhall Building, and has no reservations about marking her territory. Students and employees have reported being attacked by the bird, simply for using the sidewalk underneath. “I was walking down the sidewalk, and out of nowhere was hit really hard in the back of the head,” said […]

  • Forest service proposes fees to maintain popular trails in Little, Big Cottonwood Canyons

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Hiking in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons could get more expensive. The U.S. Forest Service wants to start charging for the use of improved trailheads up the canyons. The Forest Service estimates between five and six million visitors use the paved trails every year, more than some of Utah’s national parks. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest trails manager Matt Lane said the number of visitors has made it difficult to keep up with maintenance. “Our prime objective […]

  • Video captures Angel Moroni atop LDS temple being struck by lightning

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah – A Bountiful woman filming Sunday’s storm on her phone caught the moment lightning struck the local temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brittany Haslam said at first she didn’t realize what the lightning hit. It wasn’t until she went back and viewed the video in slow motion that she saw it hit the LDS temple. Temple neighbors say the spire was hit twice Sunday afternoon. The second strike hit with such force, it […]

  • UDOT rejects community-proposed alternative to West Davis Corridor

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Transportation has rejected a community-proposed alternative for the planned West Davis Corridor freeway. The proposal, called the “Shared Solution”, pointed to improving city streets and providing more mass transit as a way to alleviate projected traffic growth. But UDOT project manager Randy Jefferies said the Shared Solution would not have met the needs of future traffic projections. “We were able to take advantage of the most recent housing and population projections […]

  • LDS Church adds guidelines on hats, sunglasses to missionary dress code

    SALT LAKE CITY – Missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have a very specific dress code, which recently got an update designed to protect proselytizers from the sun. The new guidelines from the LDS Church now allow missionaries to wear certain varieties of sunglasses and hats. The guidelines say sunglasses may be worn to protect eyes form over-exposure to the sun, however, unless they serve a medical purpose, they should not be worn when talking to people […]

  • Dog bites to postal carriers up 55 percent in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Last year, 34 letter carriers for the United States Postal Service suffered dog bites while delivering mail to Utah residents. “That’s 34 too many, and it doesn’t include the many close calls with dogs our carriers face on a daily basis,” said USPS District manager Darrell Stoke in a news release sent to FOX 13. “This has got to stop. Dog owners need to restrain their dogs and allow their carriers to deliver the mail safely. […]