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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
  • Man pushed or jumped from minivan on I-15 in southern Utah, officials say

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah – Utah Highway Patrol is investigating whether a man jumped or was pushed from a moving minivan along Interstate 15 Tuesday morning. The incident happened around 10:30 am near milepost 13. Trooper Jake Hicks said witnesses saw a light blue minivan driving southbound, when suddenly a man in his 20s or 30s came lunging out of the passenger side. “Traffic stopped and protected the scene, preventing him from being struck by any vehicles,” Hicks said. Witnesses said […]

  • Enrollment spikes after public school reopens in polygamous Utah town

    HILDALE, Utah – One year after the Water Canyon School reopened they’re already outgrowing the building. School enrollment numbers show 291 students are enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, that’s almost double the 162 that were enrolled in 2014. Principal Darin Thomas said while the growth is bigger than they expected, it shows public education is making a comeback in the small polygamous town. “We are giving these children opportunities they haven’t had,” Thomas said. “And the end goal is […]

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    Missing 6-year-old girl found safe, non-custodial parent taken into custody

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A 6-year-old girl is home safe after police say the girl’s non-custodial parent took her from home and disappeared. The incident prompted a city-wide search by law enforcement and nearly triggered an Amber Alert. It happened around 3:30 Friday afternoon. Police say Shane Robert Swenson visited the home of his daughter and her mother, but while the family was distracted, he left with the girl. The family searched for several hours before contacting police to say the girl […]

  • Police seek suspects who fired shot after attempted robbery in Cedar City

    CEDAR CITY, Utah – Police are looking for a pair of suspects accused in an attempted armed robbery that happened Thursday night in Cedar City. Officers received the call about 6:20 p.m. that shots had been fired in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Super Center. The victims told police they had been sitting in their car after shopping, when a man climbed in the back seat and pulled a gun. “[The suspect] threatened them at the time,” said Sgt. Jerry […]

  • Southern Utah schools back in session, students brace for homework

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – For kids in Southern Utah, summer vacation is over. The Washington County School District started classes Thursday. Teachers said it’s the day they’ve been preparing for all summer, and they plan to get down to business. “Anxious kids, but once they get here they’re good,” said second-grade teacher Lori Sinomson. “We start off, we do reading, we do math, and we’re just ready to go.” That includes homework on the first day. Even Mrs. Simonson class […]

  • New, larger food pantry opens in St. George

    ST. GEORGE, UTAH – A new food pantry officially opened in St. George Wednesday, increasing the number of low-income families the group can serve while improving storage for donations. The 4,000 square foot building is located adjacent to the Switchpoint Center, which is a multi-use complex catering to homeless and low-income populations. Center Executive Director Carol Hollowell said a larger pantry will allow them to better address an increasing need. “We’re handing out almost 100,000 pounds every month,” Hollowell said. […]

  • St. George man accused of trying to sell 400 pounds of stolen metal, police say

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – A St. George man is in jail accused of trying to sell more than 400 pounds of stolen metal. On Friday, St. George police arrested 33-year-old Randolph Ronald Schmitz after Dixie Metal Recycling alerted them to a suspicious load. Police say the situation didn’t add up. “He claims he found them in a dumpster,” said St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain. “We suspect that is not the case — that he was taking them as they […]

  • LDS Church breaks ground on Cedar City Temple

    SOUTHERN UTAH — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground Saturday on their temple in Cedar City, and members of the LDS Church in the area said the moment marks the arrival of something they’ve been praying for for years. The LDS Church announced plans to build a temple in Cedar City back in 2013, and now, two years later, LDS Church leaders and local dignitaries gathered at the construction site for a ceremonial groundbreaking. “It’s a […]

  • Principal’s cross-country ride ends early due to injury, but message of kindness travels onward

    HURRICANE, UTAH – Hurricane High School principal Jody Rich is always looking for of ways to inspire his students. Late last month, a cross country bike ride ended early after he broke his collar-bone, but the message he intended to send carries on. Rich started the 1,700-mile bike ride July 13 with the theme, “It’s not about you.” Rich gave service cards to all of the high school students, with a goal of performing random acts of kindness toward another […]

  • Neighbor speaks after elderly man and dog killed in auto-pedestrian crash

    ST. GEORGE, UTAH – Neighbors of an elderly man killed Wednesday in an auto pedestrian accident say he was father and grandfather of their cul-de-sac. A driver police said was blinded by the sun hit 86-year-old Gerald Gilsdorf as he crossed Sunset Boulevard just before 7:15 a.m. Gilsdorf’s dog, Max, died instantly; Gilsdorf was transported to the hospital and later died. “As it unfolded, it was really upsetting,” said Gilsdorf’s neighbor, Karen March. March said Gilsdorf often took Max on […]

  • Resource officers ready to protect and serve in schools once more as summer winds down

    ST. GEORGE, UTAH – Teachers, students and parents are getting ready to go back to school–but so are police officers. The Washington County School District has school resource officers in all of its intermediate, middle and high schools. It’s a partnership they’ve had with St. George Police for the past 20 years. Police administrators said the day-to-day tasks may have evolved, but the goal is the same: to serve and protect the students. “Not always are they police issues,” said […]

  • High-speed chase through 3 towns ends when suspect crashes into police vehicle, officials say

    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A high-speed chase through three Washington County towns ended when the suspect collided with a responding Hurricane police officer’s vehicle early Sunday morning. At about 4:30 a.m., A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a Dodge Charger stopped along State Route 17. When the deputy turned to check on the car, the driver took off. “The vehicle sped up,” said Washington County Sheriff’s detective Nate Abbott. “[The car] actually passed a vehicle improperly at that point he […]


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