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.”
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court is looking at how much power the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole has over inmates. But the state’s top court may not be able to get very far, after the board unexpectedly decided to release the inmate suing them. Bobbie Dawn Widdison was convicted in the 1996 murder of her infant daughter, Breanna Loveless. The Delta woman was sentenced to spend 20 years in prison, but the parole board extended it […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers are looking to get more aggressive about vaping, drafting a number of bills to regulate shops that sell e-cigarette products and warn children about the health risks. “We know we need to do some things in the regulatory sector, we know we need to do some things in the education sector,” said Rep. Susan Pulsipher, R-South Jordan. “We know we need to do some things in outreach for the whole community.” Rep. Pulsipher is […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Federal Communications Commission has announced that Salt Lake City and New York City will be test sites for new 5G wireless technology. “These projects will test new advanced technologies and prototype networks like those that can support 5G technologies. We’re also establishing a process to ensure new innovators can have access to this testing resource while protecting current, licensed users. I thank all those who are leading these efforts on the ground and stand committed […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Public Safety faced more scrutiny over its use of facial recognition technology on citizens and sharing that info with federal authorities. The disclosure of the system by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, reported on by FOX 13 earlier this year, has prompted alarm from lawmakers concerned about privacy rights. At Wednesday’s hearing, the Government Operations Interim Committee grilled Utah DPS Commissioner Jess Anderson about it. The facial recognition system has […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature’s unanimous votes to do away with a state-run medical cannabis dispensary network left people both happy and frustrated following a special session on Monday night. “I have to admit, I’m surprised it was unanimous,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said on Tuesday. The bill that Sen. Vickers ran with Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, did away with “central fill,” the state-run dispensary network and added 14 private “pharmacies” to hand out […]
CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah — Lawmakers are planning now for what Utah will look like 20 or 30 years in the future. The legislature met at Camp Williams for a policy summit, to focus on growth and all the issues that surround it. Rep. Karen Kwan, D-Taylorsville, is surrounded by development and growth. “Our district is changing rapidly. Not only in population, but in diversity,” she told FOX 13. “Not only ethnic diversity but in population in age diversity. We’re seeing […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature voted to end a state-run medical marijuana distribution system in a special session Monday night. The Senate voted unanimously to approve it. The House did as well. “This goes a long way toward honoring that promise” of medical cannabis for patients, said Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. Lawmakers compromised on a bill that allowed for 14 privately-run dispensaries and more if the Utah Department of Health determines it’s […]
WEBER COUNTY, Utah — At the home of Utah Agriculture Commissioner Kerry Gibson, everyone gets drafted to help cook. Gibson’s wife, Katrina, was making salsa with locally grown tomatoes, jalapenos, bell peppers and peaches. On the stove, corn grown by a neighbor and purchased at Ogden’s farmers market was boiling. Gibson has tried to use only Utah-grown ingredients (the only exception being a bit of lime juice for the salsa recipe). “The fresh food? It has a better taste to […]
SALT LAKE CITY — An opponent of the ballot initiative that legalized medical cannabis in Utah is now pressuring the legislature to block vaping the substance. Walter Plumb III, who bankrolled some of the anti-Proposition 2 campaign and sued the state to block the initiative from getting on the ballot, plans to take out newspaper ads on Sunday to demand lawmakers ban vaping any product with THC. In an interview with FOX 13 on Friday, Plumb said he would like […]
SALT LAKE CITY — On the 170-acre Utah State Prison site near 7200 West and I-80, buildings are starting to go up. Concrete walls are being poured on site, then stacked up to form the new men’s maximum security unit. “It’s called a sandwich tilt panel,” said Michael Ambre with Utah’s Division of Facilities Construction and Management “They pick them up with a crane and tilt them up.” Once the walls are stacked up, a crane drops in the cells […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to partisan school board elections. In a unanimous ruling issued Wednesday night, the state’s top court overturned a lower court’s decision blocking state school board elections based on political party. “The question before us is not whether SB 78 is good public policy: that’s a question for the citizens of Utah, speaking through their duly elected representatives. No, the question before us is whether SB 78 violates the […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Nathan Vogel was sentenced to time served and three years probation for procuring the handgun ultimately used to kill University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey. The sentence was a part of a deal Vogel struck with federal prosecutors where he cooperated with their investigation into McCluskey’s murder. “He’s a decent person and that’s all I have to say,” Vogel’s attorney, Randy Ludlow, told FOX 13 as he left the federal courthouse. As he left court, Vogel […]