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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    Letter carrier receives praise after alerting Bountiful neighborhood to natural gas leak

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah – A Bountiful mail carrier is being praised by the customers on his route after alerting Questar to a natural gas leak in his delivery neighborhood. Sean Anderson was delivering mail on January 7 when he smelled gas at one of the homes. He called to report it and continued on his way. When he circled back around, he found the cracked pipe had forced the evacuation of three homes, and crews had to dig a massive hole […]

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    Sisters rally elementary school to raise $4,000 for Utah girl seriously hurt in skating crash

    WEST HAVEN, Utah – Two sisters at Kanesville Elementary School raised more than $4,000 this week, all for a little girl they’ve never met. Eight-year-old Sabrina and 11-year-old Sophia Johnson heard about Tayton Timothy on the news and decided they wanted to help. Tayton has been in the hospital since December 26, when she fell during a roller skating accident and suffered a skull fracture. Tayton is also battling a strep infection and meningitis. The Johnson sisters approached their principal […]

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    UDOT announces projects aimed at giving Bangerter Highway more of a freeway feel

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Transportation announced a series of projects aimed at improving traffic flow along Bangerter Highway, and they are changes that will give the corridor more of a freeway feel. UDOT is currently looking at the possibility of changing four intersections—5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South and 11400 South—into interchanges. The interchanges are part of a multi-year process to upgrade Bangerter Highway and keep up with unprecedented growth on the county’s west side. “Our […]

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    Orem police investigates two residential break-ins

    OREM, Utah – Orem police say a man broke into two homes Monday night, but only got away with a credit card as people were home at each of them. The break-ins happened about 8 p.m. near 100 North and 600 West. Lt. Craig Martinez said the suspect got in by throwing a rock through a back window. Homeowners at each residence heard the noise and were able to scare the would-be burglar off. “The homeowner was in bed, poked […]

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    Utah attorneys travel to Oregon with aim to de-escalate standoff

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge is now in it’s seventh day. It’s a holdout that includes people from all over the country, including Utah. Among them are a group of Utah attorneys, looking to help defuse a situation that has only seemed to escalate. “We spent basically a half-day meeting with the players involved,” said Utah attorney Todd MacFarlane. “Their biggest concern was what they felt like was the distortions and […]

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    Management deal keeps Miller Motorsports Park operating for 2016 season after judge vacates sale

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – A Chinese investment company who lost the sale of the Miller Motorsports Park following a judge’s ruling last month will still be allowed to manage it for the upcoming race season. Tooele County commissioners announced Friday the approval of a management agreement between them and Utah Motorsports Campus, LLC, a division of Mitime Investments. The agreement gives UMC operational control for one year, or until a new owner can be found. “We chose them [UMC] because […]

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    Warming up cars during morning hours biggest contributor poor air quality, study shows

    SALT LAKE CITY – A study into vehicle emissions shows Utah drivers are contributing most to poor air quality before they even leave the driveway. Students and researchers from Weber State University’s National Center for Automotive Science & Technology and Utah State University found cold starts contribute the most to a vehicle’s pollution than any other time during a trip. “During the cold mornings, for the first two minutes is your highest pollution levels,” said NCAST director Joe Thomas. “About […]

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    Family visitors to ICU patients help in recovery, study shows

    MURRAY, Utah – A group of Utah doctors say restricting visitation to the intensive care unit is wrong and actually detrimental to patient healing. A study from Intermountain Medical Center, published in the January issue of the American Journal of Critical Care, is showing support for open visitation. Dr. Samuel Brown said the findings show allowing family and friends to be at the patient’s bedside helps on a medical and human level. “Our philosophy is, ‘let them in,’” Brown said. […]

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    Crews rescue skier who got lost on Powder Mountain; man suffered minor frostbite

    EDEN, Utah – Weber county search and rescue crews rescued a California man Friday night after he got lost near Powder Mountain ski resort in freezing temperatures. Ski patrol says 33-year-old Michael Nessl went skiing alone earlier in the day, but somehow got lost out of boundaries. Nessl contacted his wife saying he was lost, and she called for help. Ski patrol and search and rescue crews began looking where Nessl said he was, but crews say Nessl didn’t stay put. […]

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    Experts say cold temps in Utah abnormal but not quite record-breaking

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Much of Utah woke up to sub-zero temperatures on New Year’s Day, and it was the coldest thermometer reading in two years at the Salt Lake City airport. The National Weather Service said s a combination of clear skies and heavy snow already on the ground plummeted readings well below freezing. “Its about 20 degrees below what we see on average this time of year,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Monica Trap Hagan. “Not quite […]

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    Groups urge Utahns to include clean air efforts among New Year’s resolutions

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The inversion over the Salt Lake Valley is expected to continue into 2016, and clean air advocates hope Utahns will include an air quality resolution when making goals for the coming year. Thursday, the levels of particulate matter in the air peaked at 29.7 ug/m3, just below the threshold for an “unhealthy” air day. Earlier in the week, levels reached unhealthy twice. “What we have is a trifecta effect,” said Utah Department of Environmental Quality […]

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    Snowpack levels for Wasatch Front above average as December winds down

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Snowpack levels are above normal for Utah as December comes to a close, but the state may need more precipitation to pull out of a drought cycle. According to readings recorded by the National Resource Conservation Service, as of December 30, snowpack levels along the Wasatch Front are between 100 and 110 percent of normal. In areas like Southeastern Utah, snowpack is almost double that. “We’re doing way better than we were last year, at […]


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