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
  • Sandy to consider lifting a ban on Airbnb and other short-term rental sites

    SANDY, Utah — The city council is expected to vote next week on an ordinance that would lift a ban on short-term rentals like Airbnb. For years now, Sandy has prohibited them. There are hundreds of vacation rentals available in Sandy, but Mayor Kurt Bradburn said they have been operating illegally. He’s pushing the council to vote in favor of an ordinance lifting the ban. “The market and the demand is moving this way and one thing I feel passionate […]

  • Lawsuit to block medical marijuana initiative claims measure violates Mormons’ religious freedom

    SALT LAKE CITY — A lawsuit has been filed seeking to block Proposition 2 from going on the November ballot, claiming Mormons freedom of religion rights would be infringed upon if medical marijuana were to be legal in Utah. The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday by the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Utah and Walter Plumb III, tries to stop Lt. Governor Spencer Cox from putting the medical marijuana ballot initiative before voters. It’s the second lawsuit of its kind […]

  • Medical marijuana opponents will ask a judge for a restraining order to keep it off the ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — A plaintiff in the lawsuit to block medical marijuana from the November ballot plans to seek a restraining order from a judge, he told FOX 13. Walter Plumb III, who is suing Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to keep Proposition 2 from the ballot, said in an interview Thursday that he believed the initiative should not go before voters. The lawsuit makes a new legal argument. It suggests that Prop. 2 would violate Mormons’ religious freedom rights. […]

  • SL County Democrats blocked from putting replacement candidate on the ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Democratic Party won’t be able to put a replacement candidate on the ballot in a legislative race. The county party’s central committee voted to advance a name at a meeting Wednesday. Monica Zoltanski will replace Abigail Wright, who withdrew from the Senate District 9 race in May. “It’s not official,” said Q. Dang, Salt Lake County Democratic Party chairman. “We haven’t done anything official.” The Utah Republican Party filed a complaint on […]

  • Appeals court upholds conviction in deputy’s death

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a man in connection with the death of a Millard County Sheriff’s deputy. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Roberto Roman’s appeal in the 2010 death of Deputy Josie Greathouse-Fox during a traffic stop outside Delta. Roman’s attorneys argued a federal court that convicted him should have considered the fact he was acquitted of the deputy’s murder in state court. “Contrary to Roman’s assertions, the district […]

  • Utah Supreme Court considers if it’s too easy to kick citizen initiatives off the ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court is considering if it’s too hard to get a citizen referendum initiative on the ballot, and too easy to kick them off. In arguments Wednesday, the state’s top court heard a legal challenge by organizers of “Count My Vote,” a ballot initiative that failed to qualify after opponents managed to convince enough people to remove their signatures from the citizen referendum petition. The justices grilled lawyers for Count My Vote about individual […]

  • The success of ‘Operation Rio Grande’ one year later depends on who you ask

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Hector Sotelo strolls through Pioneer Park, chatting up people spread out on blankets. “You guys doing OK? He’s doing OK?” he asks. “Yeah,” a man replies. “OK, all right. Hey, you doing OK? Is he doing OK? You alright?” Sotelo asks a man who isn’t rousing like the rest of the group. “You just sleeping?” “Uh huh,” the man finally responds. “Ain’t nothing wrong with that. You take care,” Sotelo says. At […]

  • Judge dismisses most of sex assault lawsuit against LDS Church, ex-MTC president

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has dismissed most of a woman’s lawsuit alleging rape while at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Missionary Training Center. In a ruling handed down on Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball dismissed all of McKenna Denson’s claims — with the exception of upholding a fraud claim against the LDS Church. The judge dismissed ex-MTC president Joseph Bishop from the lawsuit entirely. But Denson’s lawyer was claiming victory, saying her […]

  • Moab considers a ban on plastic bags

    MOAB, Utah — This tourism hot spot is contemplating banning plastic bags. At its Tuesday meeting, the Moab City Council will vote on whether to implement a prohibition on single-use plastic bags effective 2019. “They don’t recycle well, they don’t biodegrade well, they are detrimental to our environment, to our landscape, to our waterways, to our wildlife,” Moab City Councilwoman Tawny Knutson Boyd said in an interview Monday with FOX 13. “They just look trashy when they blow around the […]

  • Sons say they made up accusations that sent their father to prison, want to clear his name

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s a story of a broken family and an effort at reunification. Two men accused their father of a horrific crime and now, they say they made it up. “We accused him of sexually abusing us, which wasn’t true,” Jeremy Hawkins said. David Hawkins’ sons say they’re trying to right a wrong. “This man’s suffering for something he didn’t do,” Nathan Hawkins said. “That’s not right and this needs to be fixed now.” 12 years ago, […]

  • Hildale, Colorado City make ‘significant’ changes under court oversight, report says

    A new report prepared by a court-appointed monitor said the border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have made significant changes since a Justice Department lawsuit over control exerted by the Fundamentalist LDS Church in public services. The document, obtained by FOX 13 on Sunday, outlined a series of changes one year after a federal judge appointed someone to oversee changes in the town governments. “This past year has seen some significant effort and progress both on the […]

  • Judge sets new trial date in cruise ship murder

    A federal judge has scheduled a new trial date for a Utah man accused of murdering his wife aboard a cruise ship in Alaska. Kenneth Manzanares will go on trial for four weeks beginning May 20, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess wrote in an order obtained Sunday by FOX 13. Manzanares is accused of killing his wife, Kristy, while aboard the Emerald Princess cruise ship off the coast of Alaska last year. In his order, the judge noted […]