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 — What just happened? The Utah State Legislature just happened! Hard to believe it was 45 days ago that lawmakers opened the 2019 legislative session to protests over their plans to replace Proposition 3, the voter-approved Medicaid-expansion ballot initiative. They did, and the bill they imposed (later signed into the law by Governor Gary Herbert) will go into effect next month, when people will begin enrolling. It will provide healthcare coverage for some of Utah’s poorest, but […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A deal has been struck in the Utah State Legislature to dump 3.2 beer for heavier brews. A substitute bill would raise the alcohol content from 3.2 to 4.0% alcohol-by-weight. It’s less than the 4.8% ABW the Senate sponsor originally wanted, but it is believed to get through the House, which has opposed changes. “It’s not everything we’d hoped for but it is the biggest change in alcohol laws in Utah since 1933,” Kate Bradshaw of […]
UPDATE: On Wednesday, the Senate cast the final concurrence vote sending the bill to Governor Gary Herbert, who said he would sign it into law. Previous story continues below: SALT LAKE CITY – After years of trying, a hate crimes bill has finally passed the Utah State Legislature. Senate Bill 103 passed the House on Tuesday night after an emotional debate. It would add a penalty enhancement for targeting people based on things like race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender […]
SALT LAKE CITY – After days of high-stakes negotiations, House and Senate Republican leaders have struck a deal on the state budget. It means that a lot of big ticket items, including air quality investments, suicide prevention programs and affordable housing initiatives will now be funded. It was a huge sigh of relief on Capitol Hill for a lot of programs that worried the legislature would end without any money for them. “We will be sending back a bill that […]
SALT LAKE CITY — House and Senate leaders are at odds over the state budget, which could leave hundreds of millions of dollars worth of programs and initiatives unfunded. Big priority items like suicide prevention, affordable housing and air quality could be left without any money if the legislature adjourns Thursday night without an agreement. “We’re still trying to find a place where we can agree,” House Speaker Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, said during an appearance before the House Minority Caucus […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill on Daylight Saving Time has finally made it onto the House floor. Rep. Marsha Judkins’ legislation is the furthest a bill on this topic has ever gotten. On Monday, the House Economic Development Committee passed her bill (now amended to a resolution) out to the full House for debate. “I’m just going to say that changing our clock has real impact to our health, to our psychological health and to our society, to our […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would have blocked cities from enacting bans on plastic bags, straws, containers and other items will not go forward in the Utah State Legislature. House Bill 320, sponsored by Rep. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, was shouted down by his House colleagues when he made a motion to bring it to the floor for debate. The motion to uncircle failed, meaning the bill will not be heard in the 2019 legislative session. Park City […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill named for murdered University of Utah student Lauren McCluskey will not advance in the Utah State Legislature. The bill was held after a lengthy debate Monday about the idea of holding gun owners civilly liable if they lend the weapon to someone who uses it in a crime. Rep. Andrew Stoddard, D-Sandy, filed House Bill 190 after McCluskey was shot and killed at the U last year. The man who killed her borrowed the […]
SYRACUSE, Utah — A new state liquor store is set to open with dramatically different features than others. The store at 865 West Antelope Dr. will feature eco-friendly designs, better signage and a “wine cave.” In addition, Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has partnered with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to promote more Utah-made sprits, wine and beers. A pair of displays will feature local companies including Beehive Distillery, Epic Brewing Co., and Dented Brick. “The DABC […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A new bill introduced in the Utah State Legislature would let you sue over a ballot initiative the legislature replaces. Sen. Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights, filed Senate Bill 267. It would let citizen referendums pick their effective date and, if the legislature replaces the initiative, take them to court. “You went through all that trouble to do the work, that if it was undone there should be a process for you to have that day in […]
SALT LAKE CITY — After weeks of getting nowhere, a bill on Daylight Saving Time will finally see the light of day. After FOX 13 aired a story Friday on Rep. Marsha Judkins’ legislation proposing a ballot question for voters to decide whether Utah should stay on standard time, jump off of it or keep switching back-and-forth, her bill was granted a hearing. On Monday, the House Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee will hear House Joint Resolution 15. Rep. […]