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.

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    National Guard, Utah Task Force One join search for missing child after deadly flash flood in Hildale

    HILDALE, Utah – The search for a missing 6-year-old boy swept away in Monday’s fatal flash flood continued Wednesday, this time joined by members of the Utah National Guard and the state’s elite Utah Task Force One. Twenty-four members of Utah Task Force One and 26 members of the Utah National Guard scoured the banks of Short Creek. It’s ground that volunteers already covered in their recovery of 12 flood victims, but commanders say this is a deeper search. “We’re going back […]

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    ‘Prophet’s Prey’ opens in southern Utah; film documents alleged illegal activity in FLDS Church

    SPRINGDALE, Utah — A documentary film investigating the actions of FLDS Church Leader Warren Jeffs made its southern Utah premiere Friday night, and those involved in the film said they hope it raises awareness of the alleged illegal activity going on in Hildale and Colorado City along the Utah-Arizona border. Hundreds of people gathered in Springdale to see the telling documentary film. It’s called “Prophet’s Prey”, and the film’s principal storyteller, Sam Brower, said he hopes it inspires others to […]

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    Family pizzeria destroyed by fire in Duck Creek Village

    KANE COUNTY, Utah – An early morning fire destroyed a popular family pizzeria on Wednesday. Hot Mama’s Pizza and Brew has been part of the small Duck Creek Village for more than 10 years. The fire broke out around 5:45 Wednesday morning. Pizzeria owners San Atkinson and Ashley Romero said they got the call shortly after. They rushed over, but by the time they got there, there was nothing to do but watch their business burn to the ground. “It […]

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    Potential debris from wildfire raises watershed contamination concerns in southern Utah

    LEEDS, Utah – The Oak Grove Fire continued to burn it’s way through the Pine Valley area in southern Utah Wednesday. Hot shot crews and helicopters joined the fight, which has turned to an effort to save a precious Southern Utah resource: the watershed. The hillside is a primary water collector for Quail Creek Reservoir, the main storage for municipal water fed throughout the St. George metro area. U.S. Forest Service fire information officer Marcia Gilles said that makes it […]

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    Oak Grove Fire grows to 300 acres with zero percent containment

    LEEDS, Utah – The U.S. Forest Service confirmed lightning sparked a 300-acre wildfire burning north of St. George on Pine Mountain. Rangers recorded the fire Tuesday morning, located approximately three miles southeast of the Oak Grove Campground near Leeds. Originally estimated at 80 acres, fire information officer Marcia Gilles said the flames spread quickly through the steep mountain valleys. “The biggest factor our firefighters are facing right now is the steepness of the terrain,” Gilles said. “And with that is […]

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    St. George firefighters battle 25-foot blaze; bystanders delay progress

    ST. GEORGE, Utah –  Firefighters are warning bystanders about getting in the way after large crowds surrounded an operation Sunday night. Fire captains say large crowds hindered work, but neighbors say they were trying to get out of the way. The fire started about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Tom Callister’s family was one of the first to spot a raging fire behind their neighbor’s house on Bridge Pointe Way. The family joined others trying to put it out, but the flames quickly […]

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    Police in St. George seek help locating missing teenager

    ST. GEORGE, Utah – Police in St. George are asking for the public’s help in locating a teenager who was last seen Tuesday. Macin Smith, 17, was last seen in the Little Valley area of St. George on the morning of September 1. Macin’s sister, Rayclen Hansen, said their mother woke him up for school around 7:30 a.m., he left but never made it to school. Macin is a senior at Desert Hills High School. “It’s hard because the mind […]

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    Rockville secures $15,000 in grants to explore restoration options for historic bridge

    ROCKVILLE, UTAH – The small town of Rockville is exploring options to restore a 90-year-old bridge that spans the Virgin River in the town. This week they received two grants to help pay for that exploration. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and The George S. and Delores Dore Eccles Foundation awarded two grants totaling $15,000 to the town. With locally matched funds, a study will be done to see if the bridge can be restored, and what it would […]

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    ADOT pauses road work to give southbound traffic in Virgin River Gorge more room for holiday weekend

    MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – Utahns traveling south past St. George this weekend will find a little more room in a Virgin River Gorge construction zone. The Arizona Department of Transportation opened two lanes on southbound I-15 through the work zone at mile post 16. Crews there are rebuilding the bridge spanning the Virgin River. They reached a transition point and decided to give drivers a little reprieve for Labor Day. “We really just kind of caught a lucky break this […]

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    New addiction treatment center opens in St. George

    ST GEORGE, Utah – A new addiction treatment center opened its doors Tuesday, and in the process is trying to open up a discussion about addition itself. Therápia Addiction Healing Center is a 90-day in-patient treatment facility. Directors say there are an estimated 22.5 million people dealing with addiction in the United States, but only about 10% get treatment. One reason for that low number is that addiction recovery carries with it a level of shame. A community wide campaign […]

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    Photographer captures video of flash flood over Paria wilderness

    SOUTHERN UTAH – Heavy thunderstorms over the weekend triggered flash floods over the Paria wilderness near the Arizona border. A local photographer caught it on camera. David Rankin is known for chasing storms and floods. Sunday afternoon he used a drone and hand camera to film a flash flood near Marble Canyon. The national weather service said between two and three inches of rain fell in just over an “We get what we call a monsoon,” said NWS meteorologist Michael […]

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    ATF seeks suspect who stole 70 lbs of explosives from Hildale bunker

    HILDALE, Utah — The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is looking for a suspect who stole 70 pounds of explosives from a bunker in the border town of Hildale. In a statement, the ATF said someone broke into a storage bunker in Hildale on August 7 and stole the high explosives. The explosives were registered and the ATF said they were lawfully permitted to the owner of the bunker. ATF special agent Michael Minichino said they’re purposely […]


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