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.”
CEDAR CITY, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert has cut a $50,000 check for his second-in-command’s campaign to replace him. The governor also plans to host a fundraiser golf event for Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, who is campaigning across the state. Speaking to FOX 13 at the governor’s annual Utah Rural Summit at Southern Utah University, Cox said he was grateful for the donation. “It’s the part I hate the most,” Cox said of fundraising. “I think it’s not good for […]
CEDAR CITY, Utah — The state is pushing Wasatch Front tech companies to hire rural employees to do jobs that can be handled remotely, in an effort to boost the economies of smaller communities. At the governor’s annual Utah Rural Summit here at Southern Utah University, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the state, the Salt Lake Chamber and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah to encourage tech companies to look outside the booming Silicon Slopes for qualified employees. […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Public health agencies statewide have confirmed 28 cases of severe lung disease and another 14 under investigation in people who vape nicotine or THC. The Utah Department of Health has now branded the situation an “outbreak,” with more cases expected in the coming weeks. “Usually people having some [gastrointestinal] issues first, followed by the respiratory depression. The vast majority of our cases report vaping either a THC product and-or a nicotine product,” said Dr. Angela Dunn, […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Washakie Renewable Energy CEO Jacob Kingston and his brother, Isaiah, have apparently been cooperating with federal authorities going after the final defendant in the fraud case. During a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Lev Dermen, Judge Jill Parrish brought up the government’s interviews with the Kingston brothers when asking prosecutors about providing evidence to the defense. “Have you finished providing all of the information you obtained from Isaiah Kingston, Jacob Kingston, the burner phones, […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Medical cannabis advocates have been talking with legislative leaders about getting rid of a requirement that buds and leaves be packaged in “blister packs.” “What we’re looking at is maybe altering the way that blister pack would be, in order to make it specific to how that particular dose would be most efficiently packaged, not cause any impurities, allow it to be given to a dose-specific element with a patient,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has ordered lawyers for Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the state to submit arguments over whether to block the inland port project from moving forward. Court records obtained by FOX 13 show that 3rd District Court Judge James Blanch set a series of deadlines over whether to grant the mayor’s request for a preliminary injunction. A hearing on that — and a motion for summary judgment — is scheduled for mid-November. Mayor Biskupski sued the […]
BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Three homes were destroyed and hundreds of homes were evacuated Friday morning due to a wildfire on the eastern side of Bountiful and Centerville. Officials with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest said the fire was human-caused, and it was started by an abandoned campfire believed to have originated near B-road above the gun range. Bountiful Police are looking for two people who may have been in the area in a small SUV around 1 a.m. At 5 p.m. […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A new study by a personal injury law firm finds that while Utah has the toughest anti-drunk driving law in the nation, it’s not the toughest overall when it comes to punishment for DUI. “I think kind of the eye-popping thing here is Utah came out number two. There’s been a lot of talk about .05,” Resh Jefferies, an attorney with Siegfried & Jensen, said on an interview on FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune‘s […]
SALT LAKE CITY — FOX 13 and other news organizations have filed a “friend of the court” brief, urging the Utah Supreme Court to preserve open meetings laws. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has filed a pair of lawsuits against the Garfield, Kane and San Juan County commissions. They allege the commissioners violated Utah’s open meetings laws when they met with then-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ahead of President Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. Lower courts ruled against […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez reiterated his support for a lawsuit against President Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument. In a Facebook post after meeting with Utah Diné Bikeyah and others who support the original monument designation, the Navajo Nation president reiterated his support. “We will continue to fight — our position has not changed. We continue to support the original Bears Ears National Monument designation of 1.9 million acres. We’re protecting these lands […]
Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control continues to make record-breaking amounts of money, reporting a significant sales increase year-to-date. On the latest episode of “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” FOX 13’s Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Kathy Stephenson also speak with Resh Jefferies, an attorney at the law firm Siegfried & Jensen, on a new study they did ranking states on their strictness when it comes to drunk driving. Despite Utah having the toughest blood alcohol level in […]
SALT LAKE CITY — With 21 suspected cases of vaping-related illnesses reported and the number expected to grow by next week, Utah lawmakers are looking to take action by preparing a series of bills aimed at cracking down on vaping. “Anytime you have that kind of a health situation and an emergency like that, it does move the needle,” Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, told FOX 13. Lawmakers are alarmed at the sheer number of cases reported by […]