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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
  • Glen Canyon Dam opens flood gates to improve conditions downstream

    PAGE, Ariz. — Visitors to Glen Canyon Dam will see a whole lot of water flowing out. Not to worry – the dam hasn’t sprung a leak. It’s part of an experiment by the Bureau of Reclamation to improve conditions downstream. This is the third year the federal agency has done a high-flow experiment. For 96 hours the outlet will pour out 37,500 cubic feet per second of water. The main goal is to simulate yearly flash floods below the […]

  • Votes still being counted for S. Utah’s RAP tax

    ST GEORGE, Utah — Sport organizations are anxious to hear how the city plans to use funds from newly passed RAP taxes. The measure narrowly passed during last week’s election, but the results may still be up in the air. Proposition 3 was ahead by 633 votes on election night, but Washington County Clerk Kim Hafen said 2,047 votes still have to be counted. It’s enough to swing the decision. “That includes provisional and absentee ballots that came in before […]

  • Judge rules prairie dog protection doesn’t extend to private property

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Property owners in Iron County are calling it a major win in the struggle to build on their land; this week, a federal judge ruled the Utah prairie dog’s protection under the Endangered Species Act doesn’t extend onto private property. People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners (PETPO) sued the federal government earlier this year after years of battling the US Fish and Wildlife Service over prairie dog removal regulations. Under federal law, only a […]

  • Protestors rally with dance party outside St. George City Council meeting

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Close to 100 people gathered on the steps of the city hall Thursday for a dance party The dancing was part of a protest while the city council met inside. Those involved said they wanted to send a message that ordinances governing special event permits for outdoor dance parties are too restrictive. “We love to dance, that’s what we want to do,” participant Marco Perez said. “We should be able to dance whenever we want, wherever […]

  • Zion official discusses vandalism at park, federal investigation ongoing

    ZION NATIONAL PARK – Federal prosecutors are waiting to review the investigation into graffiti at eight national parks, including some in Utah. Casey Nocket, 21, of New York is accused of defacing rocks across the western United States, including some in Zion National Park. Photos of the paintings at parks began appearing on social media a few weeks ago. “Graffiti in a park is vandalism, it’s not art,” said Zion National Park spokesperson Aly Baltrus. Baltrus said they aren’t disclosing […]

  • Bats removed from St. George courthouse

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Halloween may be over, but exterminators continue to pull dozens of bats out of the Washington County Courthouse. Nearly 150 bats have been removed from the 5th District Courthouse in St. George. The mammals first appeared in the building late last week. Southwest Exterminators technician Eric Palmer said the creatures have to be removed carefully because of their protected status. That’s why it’s taken several days to get the majority out. “As of Halloween we took […]

  • Marching bands from multiple states compete in southern Utah

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Thirteen Marching bands from Utah schools played their hearts out at a regional band competition featuring bands form eight different states. The American Fork High School marching band has been practicing all season for this performance; band member Kaden Maxwell said they’ve focused their attention on musical ambitions. “Rehearsals just about every day,” she said. “And during the school year, rehearsals after school, just about every day. So, we’re all behind on school work a little […]

  • Tourists flock to Zion for fall foliage

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – While leaves are falling off trees in much of the state, in southern Utah the fall colors have just begun to turn. Visitors are flocking to Zion National Park to get a look at the color on color views. The leaves typically turn later in the season, mostly due to the lower elevation and milder climate. They also attract artists and photographers. The array of colors are one reason the park hosts a Plein Air […]

  • Political candidates say sign vandalism, theft not uncommon

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Vandalism is something political candidates are forced to deal with during the campaign process. As the general election moves closer, those running in southern Utah are reporting more cases. St. George Police Department officials said they’ve received a few calls about stolen signs and minor vandalism. Sgt. Sam Despain said it doesn’t appear to be any more than in previous years, but it’s still concerning. “It falls under theft code and criminal mischief,” Despain said. “It’s […]

  • Woman arrested after Cedar City road rage incident turns violent, police say

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – An apparent road rage incident led to the arrest of a woman after she pulled a gun on the man she illegally passed just a few minutes earlier Tuesday morning. It happened in the parking lot of a Cedar Middle School. Cedar City Police Sgt. Jimmy Roden said 32-year-old Kimberly Tishie was dropping of her child around 8 a.m. A man reportedly witnessed her driving erratic a few blocks from the school. “Tishie passed illegally, made […]

  • Utah police shut down dance party because of… dancing?

    GEORGE, Utah — Police patrolled a Halloween party over the weekend to make sure there was no dancing. It has many on social media accusing the city of living in a “Footloose” mentality. The city says the organizers of the party didn’t follow the rules. Party organizers Heart of Dixie have held The Monster Mash for three years now, but this is the first time it took place in St. George. Organizer Jared Keddington said they thought they’d be able […]

  • Homeless shelter in southern Utah aims to be one-stop shop for those in need

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – City officials held a grand opening Friday for a new homeless center. But it’s more than a shelter, directors said it’s a one-stop shop for services to help individuals get back on their feet. It’s called the Switchpoint Community Resource Center. St. George Mayor Jon Pike said the city wanted a place where the community could come together for a common goal. Council members put aside half a million dollars in grant money and another $2 […]


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