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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
  • Family says man died after fox got into substation, caused power outage

    ST GEORGE, Utah – The family of a local man says a power outage on Sunday resulted in the death of their father, and that blackout happened because a fox got into the substation. Now family members hope the city takes a closer look at what it does to keep animals out. Cindy LaCorti said her 67-year-old father-in-law, John Hopkins, relied on an oxygen machine 24 hours a day. So when it shut off during the power outage, he passed […]

  • Renovation begins on historic theatre in downtown St. George

    ST GEORGE, Utah – City crews have started a major renovation intended to give a spark of new life into St. George’s downtown area. The historic Electric Theatre is on its way to become a performing art center. The Electric Theatre, 68 E. Tabernacle Street, was built in the 1910’s and showed movies up until 1999. After that it became a venue for concerts and private parties, but ultimately fell into disrepair. The city bought the theatre in 2013 with […]

  • St. George residents lose power after fox gets into substation

    ST GEORGE, Utah — A fox is to blame for a power outage Sunday night that left close to 8,000 homes in the dark. The blackout only lasted about an hour, but it came sudden and was widespread. Utility directors say the fox entered the Green Valley substation just before 10 p.m., and it was the last thing he did. “He found his way into a substation and caused a reclosure to fault,” said St George City energy conservation coordinator […]

  • Runners, volunteers preparing for St. George Marathon

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – It’s considered one of the fastest and most scenic marathons in the country. This weekend, close to 7,000 people will race through the red rocks of southern Utah. The runners started arriving on Friday for the running and health expo, gearing up for the big race, but the main event will start early Saturday in Central, Utah. The 26.2-mile route winds through the countryside to downtown St. George. “It means a lot to the city,” said […]

  • Crews working extra shifts to repair damage to I-15 caused by recent storms

    CLARK COUNTY, Nev. – Road crews in Nevada are on an emergency repair timeline after flooding damaged another section of I-15 during the most recent storm. A mile-long section south of Mesquite is the latest wash out. Officials with the Nevada Department of Transportation said flooding during a storm on Saturday closed down the interstate in both directions as the water deeply undercut the asphalt between mile markers 111 and 112. “Some barrier rail was exposed,” said NDOT associate engineer […]

  • Silt fills reservoir’s inlets after flooding in southern Utah

    GUNLOCK, Utah – Cities in southern Utah are still cleaning up the mess from a flash flood that fell in the area on Saturday. The storm brought down a lot of water, but it also brought down a lot of dirt The dirt covered some streets and filled drains. But it also filled the inlets at Gunlock Reservoir. Officials with the Washington County Water Conservancy District said it happens after just about every major storm. “The drainage of the Santa […]

  • Couple treated for hypothermia after car falls into river in Garfield Co.

    GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews say an Italian couple is lucky to be alive after their car fell through a washed-out road and got carried downstream Saturday night. Sussana Dursi and Roberto Bellocci are still recovering from the incident. They were traveling to Kodachrome Basin State Park when the road crossing the Paria River swept their car away. Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Clint Pearson got the call from his daughter after dark that there was a hole […]

  • Explosion in Colorado City alleged to be instance of intimidation, federal agents investigating

    COLORADO CITY, Ariz. – Federal agents are investigating an explosion that destroyed a pickup truck. Local residents said the blast was intentional and is the latest in a string of intimidation tactics. The truck belongs to David Stubbs, a former member of the FLDS church. Officials with the Mohave County sheriff’s office said they believe it happened on a remote area of the Stubbs’ property sometime between Friday, September 19 and Sunday, September 21. No one was injured when the […]

  • St. George’s old airport converted into Emergency Response Training Center

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Dixie Applied Technology College officially opened their new Emergency Response Training Center Thursday. The center takes advantage of an existing building and an existing training ground. At the ribbon cutting, directors expressed gratitude to the city for working with them to transform the old airport terminal into classrooms. The center will house courses in first aid, CPR and other emergency response training. It’s a prime location because the long runways will take a beating that […]

  • Utahns get vaccinated via drive-thru service

    ST GEORGE, Utah – There are drive-thru lines at banks and restaurants, but how about one for vaccines? That’s what happened at the Red Cliffs Mall on Wednesday. The Southwest Utah Public Health Department held their annual Flu Shoot Out. It’s an event designed to vaccinate as many people as possible. An estimated 800 cars lined up throughout the morning, and nurses poked the drivers and passengers. “Its pretty cool,” Max Theobald said of the drive thru style. “I just […]

  • Former DSU women’s basketball players accuse coach of discrimination

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – The women’s basketball coach at Dixie State University is under fire after three former players say they were forced off the team because of discrimination. Current players say the allegations are a result of disgruntled players. Austen Harris, Miranda Moore and Briana White say Women’s Basketball coach Catherria Turner routinely mistreated players and segregated the team. Turner became the head coach in April 2013 after the previous coach was fired for NCAA violations. Harris, Moor and […]

  • Massive sinkhole closes main road in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A corroded storm drain pipe is the cause of a sinkhole that appeared Friday night on Sunset Boulevard, according to engineers. The massive hole will cause traffic delays on the major road while the city decides the best way to fix it. The 20-foot wide, 15-foot deep hole took out part of the shoulder and sidewalk. The hole surfaced when the front tire of a fueling truck fell into the ground as it was pulling out […]


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