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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
  • Inclement weather doesn’t spoil Fourth of July celebration in Brian Head

    BRIAN HEAD, Utah – Rain and hail didn’t stop Fourth of July celebrations in Brian Head Friday. Locals say it’s a common to have a little rain, but nothing like this. year. The storm rolled in around 1 PM and lasted until about 4 PM. It sent visitors looking for cover, while tents at the craft fair covered their wares. Vendors say they’ve come to expect it. “It does tend to have it’s moments,” says Jayne Crabdree with Jeff’s Applewood […]

  • A photo of the Middle Ridge Fire in southern Utah and portions of Nevada taken on July 3.

    Middle Ridge Fire burning 800 acres is one of several lightning-caused blazes

    SOUTHERN UTAH – Crews are battling several wildfires in southern Utah, northern Arizona and western Nevada that were caused by lightning strikes, and officials stated Wednesday there had been as many as 1,000 lightning strikes in the area within 48 hours. According to information from Utah fire officials, lightning sparked over 20 different wildfires in the area. The largest fire currently is the Middle Ridge Fire on the Nevada side of the border; the fire has since moved across the […]

  • Rangers on the prowl for impaired drivers in Zion this weekend

    SPRINGDALE, Utah – Rangers at Zion National Park will increase enforcement of drunk driving laws over the Fourth of July weekend, and they said it’s part of a cooperative effort to decrease fatalities on Utah roadways. In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in crashes related to impaired driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That accounts for 31 percent of all traffic related deaths in the United States. That number has increased by 4.6 percent between 2011 […]

  • Officials close popular southern Utah campsite due to fire danger

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – Dixie National Forest rangers closed the Oak Grove campground in Leeds canyon Tuesday, due to extreme wildfire conditions. “I don’t think it’s a surprise to anybody that we’re in a drought situation,” said Dixie National Forest spokesman Joe Harris. “Temperatures are getting up in the triple digits down here. It’s getting really hot and dry.” Oak Grove is a small campground with just nine sites, but it’s one of the most popular because of its remote […]

  • Restrictions put in place to ward off wildfires in southern Utah

    SOUTHERN UTAH — So far this year it’s been a slow season for wildfires. While that’s a good thing for public lands, fire managers say the dry conditions have agencies on edge. “We’re coming into the hottest period of the summer,” said Mark Rosenthal, fire manager for the Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip District. “Activities that people would normally participate in, without thinking about it, could easily start fires.” Ongoing drought conditions are one of the reasons mangers in […]

  • File Photo: A trail at Zion National Park

    Hikers urged to pack extra water after search and rescue operation at Zion NP

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – A Georgia couple needed the help of Washington County Search and Rescue after they ran out of water on a trail in Zion National Park early Thursday morning. They had a filter, but springs had all run dry. Search and rescue crews say the primary reason they’re called out in the summer is people don’t have enough water. Washington County Sheriff’s office Search and Rescue Liason Darrell Cashin says most hikers do a good job preparing […]

  • Charitable thrift shop at hospital gets upgraded

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Hospital Thrift is small, but does some big work. On an annual basis, volunteers put in close to 10,000 hours of service. Now, thanks to the efforts of one of those volunteers, the facility has more room to move. The receiving area at the small thrift store, until recently, was nothing more than a tin roof. The open area was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. That’s when longtime volunteer Jo Collester […]

  • St. George releases details regarding city’s fireworks restrictions

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Firework sales are officially underway in Utah, but along with the excitement come restrictions. Before the white tents began popping up in grocery store parking lots this week, the St. George City Council passed rules regarding their restricted areas. Fireworks are prohibited in all unincorporated areas of Washington County, including State and federal lands. Fire chief Robert Stoker said there aren’t any major changes this year, but residents need to know where their house lies. “We’ve […]

  • Courtesy of Jed Miller

    Teens injured when SUV rolls in St. George; alcohol, speed may have played part

    ST GEORGE, Utah — A 15-year-old girl is in critical condition after the car she was driving rolled late Monday night in a St. George neighborhood. Four other teens were taken to the hospital for varying injuries, and at least two have been cited for underage drinking. It happened just after 10 p.m. Many of the neighbors reported hearing the loud crash, followed by the screams. “It sounded like someone had hit one of my vehicles outside my home,” said […]

  • Southern Utah Bureau

    St. George teen accused of killing kitten with blow darts (WARNING: Graphic Image)

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A 16-year-old boy from St. George is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly shooting and killing a kitten with a blowgun. St. George resident Lee Webb found the cat outside his back door Friday morning. He said he’d seen darts in his yard before, but couldn’t believe whomever was shooting them actually killed an animal. “Domesticated animals shouldn’t be done in like that,” Webb said. “It’s cruel and unusual.” Webb called St. George police who came […]

  • Attendance numbers at St. George Children’s Museum exceed director’s expectations

    ST GEORGE, Utah – St. George kids love the city’s children’s museum. It’s been open only six months, but directors said they’ve already tripled the expected first year attendance. On any given day, there are dozens of kids roaming the rooms and halls. “It has been crazy,” said Museum Executive Director MaryNell Lundquist. “Because we’re a smaller community, we thought we’d have maybe 30,000 people our first year.” But as of June, attendance is closer to 100,000. Lunquist said now […]

  • St. George makes improvements to animal shelter

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The city of St. George is putting the finishing touches on improvements to the city-owned animal shelter, and those improvements came in response to public outcry about and allegations of animal neglect. “That shelter used to be a place of absolute horrors that I could not go in,” recalls Kris Neal, a founder of One More Chance Animal Rescue. “And today it is a place I love to go.” Neal is one of the volunteers who […]