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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
  • Exiled FLDS moms return to Hildale demanding their children

    HILDALE, Utah – Three women kicked out of the Fundamentalist LDS Church returned to Hildale Tuesday to demand their kids after being separated about three years ago. Sarah Draper was one of the mothers. When leaders kicked Draper out with just the clothes on her back, they kept her five minor kids. At the time their ages were 2 through 12. Leaders exiled the kids’ father three years earlier, claiming ownership over the children. “It took us about three years […]

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    One dead in crash near Toquerville Falls

    TOQUERVILLE, Utah — A Santa Clara woman died Monday morning in a crash near Toquerville Falls. According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Mark Wyler of St. George and 20-year-old Cierra Perez were driving on a dirt road near the recreation area when the vehicle went off a cliff Sunday night. Wyler, who was driving the vehicle, called 911 Monday morning saying he’d woken up in the wrecked car. He told dispatchers Perez was thrown from the car, and […]

  • Firefighters urge caution after 3 brush fires in 2 weeks found to be sparked by kids

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Local firefighters have battled three brush fires in two weeks. The one thing they have in common? They were all started by kids. Lourdes Lemus was in her house at George Square townhomes near 1000 East and 175 South when a wildfire broke out Thursday afternoon. Firefighters put it out quickly, but it came within about 20 feet of the building. St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said kids started the flames while playing with a […]

  • St. George residents may only water from dusk till dawn under new restrictions

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Homeowners in St. George will have to watch the clock when watering their lawns this summer. Thursday, the St. George City Council approved mandatory daytime water restrictions. Those restrictions prohibit using culinary water for outdoor watering during daytime hours (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.). St. George City conservation coordinator René Fleming said they are restrictions they ask for every year, but particularly during drought years. “We’re using about 60 percent of our drinking water for […]

  • Construction slows traffic in Virgin River Gorge; here’s how to merge correctly

    [Editor’s Note: Even if you aren’t affected by the road construction in Virgin River Gorge, there’s a helpful tip about merging in the video above. Skip to the one minute mark to learn the correct way to merge when traffic is reduced to one lane.] MOHAVE COUNTY, Arizona – Drivers on I-15 through the Virgin River Gorge have noticed an already slow drive got a lot slower this week. The Arizona Department of Transportation temporarily lowered the speed limit from […]

  • Historic dam in Washington County restored; improvements to protect against future flooding

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – An historic dam in Washington County posed a threat to cities during flooding events, but instead of tearing it down, county officials restored it. Washington County Commissioners, members of the Shivwits Band of Paiutes and representatives of the National Resources Conservation Service toured the completed renovation of Shem Dam, also known as Windsor Dam, Tuesday. The $10 million restoration is part of a series of projects aimed at protecting communities from flooding along the Santa Clara […]

  • First responders remind public of water safety after 2 near drownings in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – After two toddlers almost drown in residential pools last week, St. George first responders are urging parents and children to be extra careful in the water. The two near drownings happened just days apart. Both involved 3-year-old boys, and parents were present. St. George fire chief Robert Stoker said it shows the need to be extra vigilant. “It was just seconds,” Stoker said. “Talking to the mother she said, ‘I was on the phone for just […]

  • St. George in running to host Ironman 70.3 competition in 2017

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – After hosting several regional Ironman 70.3 competitions, southern Utah is in the running to potentially host a world 70.3 championship event in 2017. Ironman executives made the announcement Tuesday. St. George is a finalist city up against Lake Placid, New York City and Chattanooga, Tenn. Local tourism directors say it was the Ironman executives who suggested St. George bid to host the championship. “It puts us on a stage with the Alps of Austria, and the […]

  • Fee increases at 3 national parks go into effect July 1

    ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – Entrance fees at Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks are going up. Park superintendents announced the increase last week. Park administrators say one of the main reasons for the increase is the wear on infrastructure. All three national park areas have seen a steady increase in visitors, which puts added strain on trails, restroom facilities and shuttle services. “Our deferred maintenance, that amount of maintenance that we’re not able to keep up with, […]

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    Did you feel it? Magnitude 4.8 earthquake shakes parts of Utah

    CALIENTE, NEV. – Residents across Utah reported feeling a magnitude 5.4 earthquake that originated in Caliente, Nevada, Friday afternoon. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at 12:47 p.m. While originally recorded as a 5.4 magnitude quake, seismologists at the University of Utah seismology center said it was actually a 4.8 magnitude quake at the epicenter about 24 miles south, southwest of Caliente, Nevada, at 12:47 p.m. “It looks like a strike slip earthquake,” said U of U research seismologist […]

  • Washington Co. search and rescue calls top 2014 total; guide suggests relying on technology a factor

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Search and rescue volunteers in Washington County are having a busy year. Already the team has responded to 51 calls for help, and guides say a reliance on technology may be one reason. FOX 13 News first reported on the increase in calls in March, and the  24 calls for help between that first report and this one means that with more than half a year to go, the county has already exceeded last year’s total of 44 […]

  • Conservation garden featuring desert landscapes in St. George aims to educate visitors

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Folks in southern Utah are getting a lesson in desert landscapes, as the Washington County Water Conservancy District opened up the Red Hills Desert Conservation Garden Wednesday. Water district managers say between the landscape, the fish in the river, and even some dinosaur tracks–the primary purpose of this garden is education. More than 3,000 individual plants dot the 5 acres of land. The displays are meant to show homeowners what works well in the desert and […]


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