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 — Advocates for the LGBTQ community are praising a new administrative rule that bans the practice of conversion therapy, making Utah the latest — and arguably, the most conservative state to do so. The rule was to go into effect on Wednesday. But as FOX 13 first reported, Governor Gary Herbert had it implemented on Tuesday night. Utah is the 19th state to ban the widely discredited practice of attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Health is reinstating an HIV awareness campaign, but without condoms that riffed on Utah slogans and catch-phrases. In a statement Tuesday, the agency said the decision to move forward with the campaign was made in consultation with Governor Gary Herbert’s office. The governor objected to the campaign and the use of taxpayer money for “sexual innuendo.” The condoms featured Utah slogans and catch-phrases such as “Uintah Sex?” and “This is the Place” […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A rule banning conversion therapy on LGBTQ children has gone into effect, making Utah the 19th state to ban the practice. Governor Gary Herbert’s office confirmed to FOX 13 that the administrative rule went into effect on Tuesday night. The governor’s office declined to comment any further on it. Conversion therapy is a widely discredited practice that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the rule, psychologists and therapists in Utah who practice […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would remove Utah’s ban on “wine of the month clubs” by allowing it to be imported. House Bill 157, sponsored by Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, would allow such things to exist — but only if they went through Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The bill calls for the DABC to essentially act as a “Grubhub” or “DoorDash” by delivering it to the consumer’s door. “The same safeguards, […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has upheld Utah’s lewdness statute in a case involving a West Valley City woman facing criminal charges for baring her breasts inside her own home. In a ruling handed down on Tuesday, the judge struck down Tilli Buchanan’s legal challenge to Utah’s lewdness statute. She asked for her case to be dismissed and a portion of the law found unconstitutional. Buchanan’s attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah cited a recent ruling […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Sponsors of a referendum on the legislature’s tax overhaul bill believe they are very close to reaching the threshold to force a public vote. “An estimated 112,000 people so far have signed a referendum to let Utah voters decide whether to start paying huge tax increases for food, fuel and fistfuls of new services. Nearly 116,000 signatures must be gathered by the 5 p.m. January 21 deadline. More support is also needed in case some signatures […]
SALT LAKE CITY — House Speaker Brad Wilson is preparing for a busy legislative session. The 2020 Utah State Legislature kicks off next week with more than 1,100 bills already requested. In a recent interview with FOX 13, the Speaker outlined priorities the Republican majority has this year. “The things we heard the most were number one: education,” he said. “The second thing our members told us is transportation. We’re seeing continued congestion up and down the state and how […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Scratch Sean Reyes off the growing list of Republican gubernatorial candidates. The Utah Attorney General said in a statement Friday he has opted not to run for governor, but instead will seek re-election to his current post in 2020. “I sincerely appreciate the many local, national and global leaders who have encouraged me to run for Governor of this great State. Like job offers in Washington D.C. I decided to turn down, this opportunity required serious […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah lawmaker has introduced a resolution that calls for the establishment of a ratings board for apps on phones, tablets and other internet ready devices. Rep. Susan Pulsipher, R-South Jordan, is proposing the resolution that notes “the most downloaded applications often include content that is not consistent with the age rating or description of such applications.” Her House Joint Resolution 9 notes that parents deserve transparency, tech companies ought to disclose more and there is […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Across the state, volunteers are scrambling to gather enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot that forces a public vote on the legislature’s big tax overhaul bill. January 21 is the deadline for signature-gathering on the referendum. Supporters of it must gather about 116,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Marci Campbell, a volunteer who is gathering signatures, believes they can make it. “It has been people stepping it up, all over the […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A resolution introduced in the Utah State Legislature would discourage the removal of names, symbols or imagery that some Native American tribes and groups have long sought to get rid of. House Joint Resolution 10, sponsored by Rep. Rex Shipp, R-Cedar City, would declare the legislature “supports the appropriate use of names, images, or symbols of Native Americans or other indigenous people by schools or other places.” However, it also “discourages removal of names, images, or […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill set to be introduced in the Utah State Legislature will make a number of changes to the state’s medical cannabis program, including removing special packaging requirements and allowing qualifying patients to seek to have prior marijuana convictions expunged. “We’re trying to move forward and streamline the process for implementation,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, said in a recent interview with FOX 13. The bill will remove “blister packs” which were a special […]