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
  • Utah highlights reform efforts after lawsuit over mentally ill inmates being stuck in jails indefinitely

    PROVO, Utah — The state of Utah has instituted a series of court-ordered reforms following a class action lawsuit over mentally ill inmates detained indefinitely while they waited for bed space at the state hospital. On Thursday, state officials took FOX 13 and others on a tour of the Utah State Hospital’s forensic unit to talk about those changes. The forensic unit is where inmates deemed mentally unfit to face trial are taken to be restored to competency. “They have […]

  • Big Utah families, the legislature is giving you about $175 in a child tax credit

    SALT LAKE CITY — Family of seven? You could see a little bit of money coming back to you in the form of a child tax credit. The Utah State Legislature voted to spend $30 million for an exemption that was taken away by the federal tax reform package passed by Congress. It was one of the top gripes lawmakers said they heard from constituents after the Republican-led tax reform package passed. “It does not go all the way to […]

  • LDS Church asks judge to dismiss woman’s lawsuit alleging rape at the Missionary Training Center

    SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a former president of its Missionary Training Center asked a federal judge to dismiss a woman’s lawsuit alleging rape, claiming it is decades too late. The arguments in federal court on Wednesday are a critical phase in McKenna Denson’s lawsuit against the LDS Church and Joseph Bishop. They centered on whether the statute of limitations for sexual abuse reporting had expired. Attorneys for the Church […]

  • Governor seeks cooperation with Native American tribes

    OREM, Utah — At his annual Native American Summit, Gov. Gary Herbert pledged support to provide educational, healthcare and employment opportunities to Utah’s tribes. The summit, founded by Gov. Herbert when he was Lt. Governor 13 years ago, also focused on youth, economic development and justice issues. “The unique challenges we have of a sovereign nation inside a sovereign state inside a sovereign nation are real,” Gov. Herbert told FOX 13. Following a speech to a crowd of hundreds at […]

  • West Wendover sells land for a marijuana cultivation facility

    WEST WENDOVER, Nevada — The city is selling about 10 acres of land for a marijuana cultivation site. At a meeting earlier this month, the city approved the sale of land to a company called BRLS NV Properties V, LLC., (also known as “Harvest of Nevada”) for the purpose of building a cultivation facility. A sale contract approved in June said West Wendover would be selling the land in an industrial park for $718,740. The site would be for growing […]

  • Deal struck over inland port, the largest economic development project in state history

    SALT LAKE CITY — After weeks of negotiations, a deal has been struck between Utah’s governor, legislative leaders and members of the Salt Lake City Council over the inland port. The massive project, which would create an import-export center combining road, rail and air in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant, has been billed as the largest economic development project in state history with the potential to generate billions. The inland port came out of a bill pushed through in the […]

  • Negotiations under way again over inland port, without SLC’s mayor

    SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the city council, Governor Gary Herbert, House Speaker Greg Hughes and other lawmakers met behind closed doors for about two-and-a-half hours on Thursday, but no deal has been reached on the highly controversial inland port authority. “We’re in the works,” Salt Lake City Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall told FOX 13 as she left the meeting. “It’s very positive work that’s happening and work is literally still happening. I think we’re very optimistic.” Absent from […]

  • Utah man accused of spying for China appears in court as judge sets restrictions on top secret evidence

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Syracuse man accused of spying for the Chinese government has pleaded not guilty to federal espionage charges. Ron Rockwell Hansen, 58, appeared in federal court on Friday afternoon. Shackled and wearing a jail jumpsuit, he sat with his hands in his lap and answered the judge’s questions politely. “Mr. Ron Rockwell Hansen, I know as you sir, how do you plead to the indictment and all counts therein? Guilty or not guilty?” U.S. Magistrate Judge […]

  • Navajo Nation files election complaint against San Juan Co. over primary races

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Navajo Nation’s Human Rights Commission has filed an election complaint against San Juan County over incidents during the June 26 primary. County officials, in turn, have accused the Navajo Nation of “harassment.” It’s the latest salvo between the two sides in a contentious legal battle over elections in the Four Corners area. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Shelby has ordered a special election for county commission and school board seats after he found racial gerrymandering […]

  • Get ready to start paying taxes on your online purchases, Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert may call a special session next week that could include a fast-tracked bill to allow the state to collect online sales tax. Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, made the announcement at the beginning of the Utah State Legislature’s Revenue & Tax Interim Committee. The bill is being drafted right now. It would allow Utah to require online retailers to collect sales tax. It’s in reflection of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gives […]

  • SLC offers Bird electric scooters a deal to keep operating

    SALT LAKE CITY — City leaders have offered a deal to electric scooter operator Bird, which showed up suddenly to the delight and consternation of downtown residents and workers. A draft copy, provided to FOX 13, lists a series of restrictions on any electric scooter company seeking to move in. It includes limiting the number of scooters in the downtown area to 200, with another 100 being deployed daily to the west side of the city. It also tries to […]

  • Rep. Bishop introduces bill to let states decide Daylight Saving Time

    SALT LAKE CITY — Congressman Rob Bishop has introduced a bill that would allow states to determine how they observe Daylight Saving Time. The bill, Bishop’s office said in a statement, would allow states to determine if they want to spring forward or fall behind, or remain as-is. “The Daylight Act simply allows states the freedom to pursue one of these three options. This bill will not force any action nor compel a state to take any action. Quite simply, […]