Ben Winslow is a multi-platform journalist for FOX 13 News, breaking news on a number of platforms.
He has covered some of Utah’s biggest news stories in a 20-year journalism career working for newspaper, radio, television and digital mediums. Winslow covers a wide variety of topics from politics to polygamy and is known for “live-tweeting” news events. He also co-hosts the “Utah Booze News” podcast, covering liquor laws and alcohol policy.
Winslow has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow award, the Religion Newswriters Association’s local TV news report of the year, numerous Utah Broadcaster’s Association awards and local awards by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also been recognized by Salt Lake City Weekly, QSalt Lake as the best TV reporter in Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY — The nation’s top court is considering whether to take up a death penalty case from Utah. Troy Kell is on death row for the 1994 murder of Lonnie Blackmon inside the Utah State Prison in Gunnison. Kell is accused of stabbing Blackmon numerous times in a racially-motivated murder that was caught on camera. After the slaying, he walked around a cell block with blood on his arms screaming “white power.” Kell’s attorneys argued the killing was […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A judge is threatening jail sentences for contempt if people who show up to a court hearing over the inland port don’t behave themselves. In a decorum order issued ahead of a hearing Monday in Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s lawsuit against the Inland Port Authority, Third District Court Judge James Blanch laid down some rules. Bags, backpacks and containers would not be allowed in the courtroom at all, except for attorneys and their staff. […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has dismissed the Davis School District, its school board and a number of administrators from a lawsuit over a teacher convicted of sexual abuse. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby also dropped some of the students suing over the abuse. That leaves one plaintiff and the lone defendant being now-former teacher Brianne Altice, and a single count of infliction of emotional distress. A court docket order filed on Thursday showed the changes to […]
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Former ambassador and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr. officially entered the race for governor on Thursday. Appearing before a crowd at Southern Utah University’s Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, Huntsman detailed his policy positions and why he chose to seek his old office after a decade away. “I’m not a politician and forgive me for that. I’m not a good politician,” he said. “I’m a public servant. Which is different.” Taking audience questions, […]
HERRIMAN, Utah — Leah McClellan is on hospice. The 8-year-old girl is diagnosed with a rare condition called SCN8A. “Bottom line? It’s a complicated neurological disorder and as a result she has several failures in her body. She’s in a lot of pain often,” said her father, Chad McClellan. “As a mother watching your daughter suffering, it’s the worst thing,” added her mother, April. After years of trying different medications, her family finally turned to medical cannabis to relieve her […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is on strange new legal ground after a judge allowed a Salt Lake City bar to serve alcohol under a court order. Why? Because when the DABC took Button Down’s license away, it gave it to someone else. There are no full-service liquor licenses available in Utah. (Do yourself a favor and read the background here and a little more here). In the latest episode of “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” FOX 13’s […]
SALT LAKE CITY — An ordinance regulating scooters within the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods has finally been proposed. More than a year after Bird, Lime and other scooter companies suddenly arrived in Salt Lake City, the proposed ordinance seeks to create rules for them to operate. They would be kicked off sidewalks in the downtown area — and the regulations may kick a couple of companies out of town. “We want to do everything we can to make sure […]
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Southern Utah University is launching a pilot project to accelerate the speed at which a student can graduate with a bachelor’s degree. The project, funded by the Utah State Legislature, gives a student the option to graduate in three years instead of the usual four. In an interview with FOX 13, SUU President Scott Wyatt acknowledged it is a gamble. “Universities are not the most change places. We’ve been going for a thousand years doing the […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Notorious killer Ron Lafferty has died in prison of natural causes, the Utah Department of Corrections announced. Lafferty, 78, was facing a firing squad execution for the 1984 murders of his sister-in-law, Brenda Lafferty, and her infant daughter, Erica. Ron Lafferty and his brother, Dan, were convicted of slitting their throats. Lafferty, who had been excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, formed a group called the “School of the Prophets” and claimed […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Court of Appeals said a man convicted of theft should only have to pay a sale price in restitution. In an unusual ruling issued over the weekend, a three-judge panel reversed the amount of restitution that Bashar Sabbagh had to pay for his crime. Sabbagh was convicted of taking four sets of headphones valued at $299 each, but put on sale by Weber State University’s book store for $175. Prosecutors demanded that Sabbagh pay $1,999 […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A judge is allowing a bar to open and sell liquor under a court order after she granted a temporary restraining order against Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Third District Court Judge Laura Scott’s decision is treading into new legal territory. The bar license the DABC Commission forfeited against Button Down and John Vecchi has already been given away to another business and there are no more available until next year. So she’s letting […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature is being asked to consider banning teens from tanning beds. “There is no compelling reason any more for a teen to be able to tan and there’s no reason to allow it,” Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, said in a recent interview with FOX 13. Currently, Utah law requires parental permission for minors who go to a tanning salon. Rep. Daw said for a long time, he believed parental choice was appropriate. But […]