Ben Winslow is a multi-platform journalist for Fox 13 News, experimenting with new technologies and ways of sharing news across multiple platforms.

He covers a wide variety of topics ranging from politics to polygamy, courts and city hall, and is known for “live-tweeting” news events. He has covered some of Utah’s biggest stories over a nearly 20-year career in news working in newspaper, radio, digital and now television.

Winslow has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow award, the Religion Newswriter’s Association’s local TV news report of the year, numerous Utah Broadcaster’s Association awards, local awards by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also been recognized by Salt Lake City Weekly, QSalt Lake and in the online “Chappy Awards.”

Recent Articles
  • Salt Lake City chosen as U.S. nominee for 2030 (or beyond) Winter Olympics

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Olympic Committee has announced Salt Lake City will be its choice in a bid for the Winter Games in 2030 or beyond. “We won!” Governor Gary Herbert cheered, holding hands in victory with Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall and others. “This has been the culmination of a significant team effort, starting with the support of the public,” the governor added. The announcement came following a meeting by the U.S. […]

  • Lt. Governor Spencer Cox is having a fundraiser exploring a possible run for governor

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert is throwing a party for his Lt. Governor. The governor is hosting a luncheon January 22 at the Little America Hotel for his Lt. Governor, who has been considering whether to run for governor in 2020. For $2,000 a plate, you can attend the bash which is officially being thrown  by “Friends of Spencer Cox.” A copy of the invitation was shared with FOX 13 on Thursday. “Friends of Spencer Cox” is a […]

  • Deposition of LDS Church president sought in sex abuse lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being sought for a deposition in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse involving his daughter and son-in-law. In a motion filed in federal court, an attorney representing six unnamed plaintiffs is demanding an early deposition of LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson. “Russell N. Nelson is simply a witness,” Craig Vernon, the attorney for the plaintiffs, told FOX 13 on Thursday. The lawsuit accuses President […]

  • Utah restaurants, nightlife and law enforcement prepare for .05 DUI law to take effect

    SALT LAKE CITY — On Dec. 30 at midnight, Utah will have the nation’s toughest anti-drunk driving law. The blood alcohol level will be lowered from .08 to .05. Hospitality and tourism groups are trying to mitigate any negative impacts by pushing a new campaign to remind people they can keep drinking — just leave the car at home. “Yes, we have some concern, but Utahns are smart and certainly because you go out socially doesn’t mean you can’t be […]

  • Utah Supreme Court focuses on lies and payments to witnesses in death penalty case

    SALT LAKE CITY — The justices of the Utah Supreme Court focused on lies and payments to witnesses in the case against death row inmate Douglas Carter. Whether it is material to the homicide case or not could help decide if Carter lives or dies. The state’s top court heard arguments on Wednesday largely focusing on the statements. Carter is facing execution for the 1985 murder of Eva Olesen in Provo. Prosecutors said the 57-year-old woman, who was a relative […]

  • Utah AG joins multi-state probe into illegal robocalls

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is joining a coalition in probing illegal robocalls. In a statement, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced his participation alongside 40 other state attorneys general. The coalition is reviewing what telecom companies are doing to combat illegal robocalls. “To be clear, we are not talking about first amendment protected robocalls like political messages or calls from bona fide charities. While some find these calls annoying, they are legal,” Reyes said in a statement “However, if […]

  • Walmart joins the push for Utah to ditch 3.2 beer as six-packs start disappearing from shelves

    SALT LAKE CITY — Signs are being posted on the beer aisles in Walmart stores across Utah urging consumers to get involved in the push to get rid of 3.2 beer. Customers are urged to text a number to get involved in Walmart’s “Customer Action Network” as the mega-retailer pressures the Utah State Legislature to change the legal definition of beer to allow heavier brews to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. “Walmart is currently asking our customers who […]

  • Salt Lake City restaurateurs group won’t fight new .05 DUI law

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group that advocates for Salt Lake City’s growing restaurant scene is dropping its fight against Utah’s tough new .05 DUI law. The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association told FOX 13 on Tuesday it would no longer pursue modifications to the law that takes effect at the end of this month. SLARA Executive Director Michele Corigliano said lawmakers had made it clear they have no plans to modify the anti-drunk driving law. “What we’ve realized is […]

  • Utah Sen. Jim Dabakis announces run for Salt Lake City mayor

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Sen. Jim Dabakis announced Tuesday he will run for Salt Lake City Mayor. Dabakis made the announcement via a Facebook live post while standing outside Rose Park Elementary School in Salt Lake City. During his announcement, Sen. Dabakis said a mayor should be three things. He said mayors should  be ambassadors for their city as well as capable of running a business, adding a city is a multi-million dollar a year entity. Finally he […]

  • Utah is hiring a ‘cannabis czar’ to deal with all things pot

    SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah is now advertising for someone to oversee all things marijuana. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food posted the job opening for a “Cannabis Program Manager” to handle the newly created medical cannabis program, as well as the state’s industrialized hemp and CBD oil regulations. “As the Cannabis Program Manager, you will: Be the state expert on medical cannabis and industrial hemp production, processing, and distribution; Lay the foundation of and develop […]

  • Emergency petition asks the Utah Supreme Court to undo the legislature’s medical marijuana bill

    SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of emergency petitions are asking the Utah Supreme Court to grant a referendum on the legislature’s replacement bill for Proposition 2, the medical cannabis ballot initiative. The filings by a group called “The People’s Right” asks the state’s top court to allow a referendum on the legislature’s action. It would allow them to go before voters to challenge the vote by lawmakers to swap out Prop. 2. In the alternative, they also seek to […]

  • Lawsuit challenges Utah lawmakers’ decision to replace medical marijuana ballot initiative

    SALT LAKE CITY — The medical marijuana advocacy group Together For Responsible Use and Cannabis Education is suing Gov. Gary Herbert and Dr. Joseph Miner, the executive director of Utah’s Department of Health, over the new law replacing Proposition 2. The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court. TRUCE founder Christine Stenquist and the Epilepsy Association of Utah’s Doug Rice are the plaintiffs. It seeks to declare the legislature’s replacement for Prop. 2 unconstitutional. “Anything […]