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
  • 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, […]

  • West Wendover is building a downtown from the ground up

    WEST WENDOVER, Nevada — It’s an ambitious project. This border community known as a quick getaway for Utahns to gamble and party, is building a downtown from the ground up. “It’s going to have a little bit of everything,” said Brenda Claiborne, a realtor who works in West Wendover and across the border in Wendover, Utah. “It’s going to have retail, places where you can sit down and eat. Right now, we don’t have a lot of restaurants in our […]

  • Amid tariffs and trade wars, Chinese minister visits Utah to talk cooperation

    SALT LAKE CITY — The minister of the Chinese embassy in the United States met with political leaders in Utah to discuss ways to deepen relationships and collaborate, even as tariffs and trade wars have the potential to damage the state’s economy. Minister Xu Xueyuan met behind closed doors with members of the Utah State Legislature on Tuesday and she will meet with Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday. Lawmakers who attended the meeting told FOX 13 they discussed a booming […]

  • The LDS Church gave money to an LGBTQ Mormon support group for suicide prevention

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gave an LGBT support group $25,000 for suicide prevention efforts. Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends, announced on Tuesday it had received the grant from the LDS Foundation to focus on suicide prevention. The grant came about after meetings with LDS Church officials, the group said. The LDS Church funded the entire amount requested, Affirmation said in a statement. “We hope that this LDS Foundation grant to Affirmation […]

  • When it’s Taco Tuesday, and you’re the governor of Utah

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — What do you do when you get a taco craving? Utah Governor Gary Herbert was out making visits and taking meetings with his entourage on Tuesday, when he found himself near a Taco Bell. So, he brought the whole staff in for tacos. The pictures provided to FOX 13 by Gov. Herbert’s staffer, Trey Hansen, show the governor clearly appreciating “Taco Tuesday.” The visit was spur of the moment, the governor’s office said. It clearly took […]

  • Utah doctor charged in husband’s drinking death wants the case dismissed

    SALT LAKE CITY — A physician accused of manslaughter and abuse of a vulnerable adult in connection with her husband’s drinking death is asking for a judge to dismiss the case against her. Dr. Ina Amber’s attorneys appeared to take the judge by surprise on Monday. She was in court for what was scheduled to be an arraignment. Instead, her lawyers announced they would be filing a motion to quash. The motion, if granted, would essentially dismiss the entire case […]

  • Gender identity bill to return to the Utah State Legislature

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would give transgender people a process to legally change their gender identity is poised to be reintroduced in the Utah State Legislature. Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, told FOX 13 he plans to make some modifications to the bill in hopes of getting it passed during the 2019 legislative session. A version of the bill earlier this year had social conservatives complaining it went too far, and LGBTQ rights groups saying it didn’t […]

  • ‘Would-be terrorist’ Bill Keebler freed after pleading guilty in attempted bombing

    SALT LAKE CITY — The leader of a Utah militia group is being released from jail Thursday after he pleaded guilty on charges related to the attempted bombing of Bureau of Land Management building on the Utah-Arizona border. A judge decided William “Bill” Keebler, who has been incarcerated since 2016, has spent enough time in jail after he admitted to driving from Tooele County to Mount Trumbull, Ariz. to try to blow up a cabin owned by the BLM. Keebler […]

  • A political action committee is drafting Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to run in 2020

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A political action committee is recruiting volunteers and raising money to draft Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to run for Utah governor in 2020. Owen Fuller, the general manager of the software company Lucidpress, launched the Utah 2020 PAC to persuade Cox to run. Governor Gary Herbert has said he is not seeking re-election. Fuller touts the Lt. Governor as a compassionate conservative, espousing his work with the homeless, inclusion of LGBT people, his passion for rural […]