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 — Federal authorities have filed court papers seeking to seize dozens of properties linked to the Kingston polygamous family. Meanwhile, defense attorneys have suggested in a court filing they are working toward a resolution in the case against Washakie Renewable Energy CEO Jacob Kingston. The filings, obtained by FOX 13, show both prosecutors and the defense ratcheting up the stakes ahead of a trial involving members of one of Utah’s largest polygamous groups. In the government’s filing, […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A newly formed coalition is crafting plans to push the Utah State Legislature to allow heavier beers to be served on tap. But if they don’t get that, the Utah Consumer Coalition said it would not rule out a ballot initiative in 2021 that could abolish state-run liquor sales for privatization. “We are very focused on one specific issue for 2020. What we would like to see is the ability to pour draft beer directly to […]
On the latest episode of “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” FOX 13’s Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kathy Stephenson talk with Squatters’ Adam Curfew about why Polygamy Porter has been blocked from selling in North Carolina. Also, Mike Druce of the newly-formed Utah Consumer Coalition talks about lobbying the legislature for heavier beers on tap. If they don’t get what they want, he says, they’re not afraid of a ballot initiative to abolish the DABC! LINKS: […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah law currently says a perpetrator’s confession of abuse to a member of the clergy can remain confidential. But a bill is being drafted in the Utah State Legislature to remove that exception. “I have a huge issue when those religious institutions aren’t obligated to report child sex abuse,” said Rep. Angela Romero, D-Salt Lake City. “I want to take that privilege away.” Rep. Romero said her bill would make it mandatory that ecclesiastical leaders report […]
SALT LAKE CITY — It was an unusual sight on Utah’s Capitol Hill. A small herd of Texas Longhorns moseying across the grass of the south lawn. Utah Highway Patrol troopers appeared nervous as the cattle moved from one pen to another, trying to keep a crowd of state government workers and tourists back. The cattle were more interested in eating the lush green grass, stopping midway through their drive to graze. When they were finally in their pen, some […]
DENVER — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling on racial gerrymandering that led to historic elections overhauling San Juan County government. In a unanimous opinion published Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected all of San Juan County’s appeals over the racial gerrymandering. “We find no error in the district court’s well-reasoned rulings,” Judge Nancy Moritz wrote in the ruling. The three-judge panel sided with U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby, who ruled that […]
SALT LAKE CITY — At their only televised debate, the eight candidates for mayor each vied to stand out from the pack. The forum, sponsored by the Pioneer Park Coalition, covered a variety of issues. Each candidate touted their air quality initiatives. Luz Escamilla promised equity and sustainability. Erin Mendenhall touted her experience as head of the state’s air quality board and longtime advocacy work. Stan Penfold promised free transit fare, as did Jim Dabakis. On homelessness, Rainer Huck announced […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The notoriously rough n’ tumble basketball games that take place in meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have become a cultural joke in Utah, so much so that the state’s top court has now acknowledged it. “An athletic competition acclaimed on some local t-shirts as ‘the brawl that begins with prayer,'” Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Thomas Lee wrote. In an opinion published Saturday, the Utah Supreme Court ruled on a […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food announced Saturday it would delay a highly anticipated announcement of medical cannabis growing licenses. Basically, the agency said, it has been overwhelmed by the number of applications and needed more time to evaluate them all. So now, the coveted cannabis licenses will be announced at the end of the month instead of its original July 15 deadline. “We are laser-focused on carefully reviewing each proposal while still ensuring Utahns will […]
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The phones have been ringing at the Latino advocacy group Comunidades Unidas. “We’re getting a lot of phone calls from community members, families, even allies who are wondering how can we help? What’s going to happen? When is it going to happen? How is it going to happen?” said Mayra Cedano, the group’s community engagement manager. Reports of an ICE operation nationwide this week have prompted worries in Utah. “The Governor’s Office is not aware […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Most politicians give away T-shirts and buttons. Stan Penfold has those, too. But he’s also giving out free condoms. The prophylactics are branded with “Vote Stan Penfold” and an image of his dog, Ollie. Campaign staffers came up with the idea as he prepared to campaign at the Utah Pride Festival. Penfold said they were originally nervous, but he was all for it. “It fits really well with my non-profit history at the Utah AIDS Foundation,” […]
OREM, Utah — Gov. Gary Herbert said talks are under way with tribal leaders to reach a deal over the future of Bears Ears National Monument. In an interview with FOX 13 at his annual Native American Summit, the governor disclosed that he had been holding talks about resolving the controversy surrounding the monument. “Some of it we’re doing a lot more quietly,” he said. “We’re talking with the Native Americans. I imagine it will come up in this meeting […]