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 — Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Utah have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on abortions after 18 weeks. The lawsuit was announced at a news conference at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday. It seeks an injunction to block the new law from going into effect on May 14. “This 18-week ban puts medical decisions in the hands of politicians rather than the woman and her doctor,” said Karrie Galloway, the CEO […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Fifteen police officers are on leave as an outside agency investigates a mass shooting rampage through downtown. Salt Lake City police announced on Tuesday that 10 of its officers, two Unified Police officers and three Utah Highway Patrol troopers are on leave while Monday’s shooting spree and chase is being investigated. The officers are believed to have shot and killed Harold V. Robinson after his car was struck by a patrol car during the case and […]
SALT LAKE CITY – The gunman is dead and one officer suffered a minor injury after police say a man fired numerous shots from his vehicle during a chase in Salt Lake City Monday. On Monday afternoon, police identified the deceased suspect as 37-year-old Harold Vincent Robinson of West Valley City. Things began with a couple of robberies at convenience stores, one at a Holiday Oil in Taylorsville and the second at a 7-Eleven at 3300 South and 900 East. […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has scheduled a 10-week jury trial beginning in July for members of the Kingston polygamous family. In an order issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Jill Parrish set a trial date for Washakie Renewable Energy CEO Jacob Kingston; his wife, Sally; his brother, Isaiah; his mother, Rachel; as well as Lev Dermen, whom prosecutors have alleged was a business partner. The five are charged in what federal prosecutors allege was a half-billion dollar […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Costs are going up to build the new Utah State Prison and the new facility won’t open until 2022, state officials said Friday. At a briefing on the progress of the new prison, Utah Department of Administrative Services Deputy Director Marilee Richins said labor and supply costs have been rising as it competes with other construction projects around the state and nation. “In some areas, we’re seeing big escalation and in other areas we’re seeing big […]
SALT LAKE CITY – New campaign finance reports show the Salt Lake City mayor’s race is shaping up to be an expensive one. Businessman David Ibarra leads in campaign contributions with nearly $235,000 including a $50,000 check he cut to himself in the race. David Garbett, the former head of the Pioneer Park Coalition, has raised $111,131 in contributions (including a lot of $3,500 checks from members of the Garbett family). Former state Senator Jim Dabakis cut himself $58,101 in […]
HILDALE, Utah — This small community on the Utah-Arizona border wants to show the state and the world it is not what it used to be. The city is creating a new “brand” for Hildale to be used as a municipal logo and a tourism initiative. There are also plans for a welcome sign at the city limits and a welcome center to draw in people who might otherwise drive by. “There’s some things we want, to show there’s been […]
WEST WENDOVER, Nev. — A new bill introduced in the Nevada State Legislature would allow the creation of lounges for people to consume recreational marijuana. It’s a bill that West Wendover city officials are closely watching as the Utah-Nevada border community moves forward with recreational marijuana sales. AB409, sponsored by Assemblyman William McCurdy II, D-Las Vegas, would create licenses for cannabis lounges, where marijuana purchased in the state could be legally consumed. Right now, marijuana cannot be consumed in public […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Talks are underway to find an agreement on a bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBTQ children and Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s office has expressed interest in passing a bill in a possible special session later this year, FOX 13 has learned. In an interview on Wednesday, Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, confirmed that there were some early discussions to revive the bill. “We continue to talk to several interested parties including the governor’s office, […]
SALT LAKE CITY — After years and years of trying and failing, Utah finally has a working hate crimes law. In a public ceremony at the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 103 into law. “I think with the passage of Senate Bill 103, we are sending a message that everybody, every person, every individual in our society is worthy of dignity, respect and love,” the governor said. The ceremony represents years of frustration and […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Leonard Bagalwa said he and his family would have been covered under Proposition 3, the voter-approved Medicaid expansion ballot initiative. But under the Utah State Legislature’s replacement of it, he makes a little too much money so he can’t get Medicaid. “Very frustrating,” he said in an interview Monday with FOX 13. “To me, healthcare means peace of mind. So when I don’t have peace of mind, I cannot think of how to improve my income. It […]
SALT LAKE CITY — New figures provided to FOX 13 show 38 people have been arrested under Utah’s strict new .05 DUI law. The Utah Department of Public Safety said that in January 2019, the first month the controversial new law had been implemented, 844 people had been arrested statewide. Of those, 38 people were arrested for a blood alcohol level from .05 to .079. Breaking it down: 7 were people under the age of 21 (which is not a […]