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
  • Lagoon

    Lagoon opens a ‘Biergarten,’ marking the first time the park has a dedicated spot for alcohol sales in 40 years

    FARMINGTON, Utah — The highly-anticipated “Lagoon Biergarten” opened on Thursday, marking the return of a dedicated spot for alcohol sales at the family-run amusement park in 40 years. “We just wanted to offer something fun for our guests!” said Julie Freed, Lagoon’s director of special events. The Biergarten, styled after Bavarian villages, features more than 20 brews on tap and four bottled beers in a centralized area next to the classic roller-coaster. It offers a pair of restaurants that offer […]

  • FLDS members

    After 14 years, the legal battle over the FLDS Church’s land is finally over

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of the longest running court cases in state history involving Utah’s largest polygamous church has ended. A judge on Tuesday ended court oversight of the Fundamentalist LDS Church’s United Effort Plan Trust after 14 years. Dozens of FLDS members, wearing their traditional prairie-style dresses and long-sleeved shirts, packed the courtroom to hear his ruling. “Things are operating the way I had hoped it to,” 3rd District Court Judge Richard McKelvie said. “It was never my […]

  • Can’t stay in the state hospital, can’t be in the community, so what does the state do with ‘high risk,’ mentally incompetent, disabled offenders?

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah — The state is grappling with what to do with a growing group of people who are deemed mentally incompetent to face trial, but they can’t stay in the state hospital, jail, or go back into the community. “It’s a really thorny issue that I think has baffled everyone that has looked at it so far,” said Aaron Kinikini, the legal director of the Disability Law Center. The people in question have committed serious crimes that have […]

  • St. George considers water restrictions

    ST. GEORGE, Utah — The city council will consider implementing watering restrictions at its Thursday meeting. The council is considering restricting water usage to between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., while also urging people to avoid watering outdoors from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., which the city has said is the time for peak usage.

  • VidAngel ordered to pay $62 million in lawsuit

    LOS ANGELES — A jury has handed down a $62 million verdict against Utah-based VidAngel in a massive copyright lawsuit. A jury on Monday found the Provo company guilty of infringing on copyrights of 819 films, awarding $75,000 per work for “copyright award” and $1,250 per work for a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. For the 819 works, the total award is $62,448,750. “We find today’s ruling unfortunate, but it has not lessened our resolve to save filtering […]

  • Utah tax reform town halls set

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature has scheduled a series of town halls to discuss the hotly contentious issue of tax reform. A bill in the legislature imploded earlier this year amid protests that the process was not transparent enough. Now, lawmakers are vowing to go around the state to solicit public feedback. Legislative leaders argue that with declining revenues, the state will be unable to pay for ongoing government services like roads, schools and health care. The […]

  • Four injured by stray firework at Utah Summer Games

    CEDAR CITY, Utah — Four people were injured when a stray firework landed near them at the opening ceremonies of the Utah Summer Games. Southern Utah University said in a statement it happened outside the Eccles Coliseum at about 10:30 p.m. Friday. The four were treated by medical staff on scene. Three ended up going to a nearby hospital, the university said. “At this time the extent of the injuries are unknown. An investigation is underway,” SUU said in its […]

  • marijuana cannabis

    Odds of a settlement ‘poor,’ so lawsuit over medical cannabis ballot initiative headed for trial

    SALT LAKE CITY — The lawyers have no need for a mediator, nor do they need a judge to sit in a settlement conference. “The potential for resolution before trial is poor,” said the court document obtained by FOX 13 on Saturday. So the Epilepsy Association of Utah, Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education and other plaintiffs in the lawsuit will face off against the state of Utah at trial. A scheduling order submitted to a federal magistrate judge […]

  • Plea deal in the works for a Utah man accused of killing his wife on a cruise ship near Alaska

    A plea deal is apparently being negotiated in the case of a St. George man accused of killing his wife aboard a cruise ship near Alaska. In court documents obtained by FOX 13, federal prosecutors ask for upcoming deadlines in the case of Kenneth Manzanares to be stricken. “A modification of the pre-trial deadlines is necessary in this matter as the parties still do not anticipate a trial in this case and are actively working towards a negotiated resolution in […]

  • Nurse to face trial in inmate’s death, state appeals court rules

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has reinstated the case against a former jail nurse facing negligent homicide. Jana Clyde will now go on trial on a misdemeanor charge in the death of 21-year-old Madison Jensen, who died in the Duchesne Co. Jail in 2016 of severe dehydration. Prosecutors accused Clyde of failing to offer the appropriate care. Prosecutors claimed that Clyde didn’t take enough action to help Jensen, who was booked into jail on drug charges. […]

  • Amended charges filed against man accused of sparking Brian Head Fire, case starts all over

    PROVO, Utah — Prosecutors have filed amended charges against the man accused of sparking the massive Brian Head Fire, so now the case starts all over. During a brief court hearing for Robert Ray Lyman on Thursday, Iron County prosecutors announced they had filed charges of reckless burning/endangering a human life, a class A misdemeanor; and burning during a closed fire season, a class B misdemeanor. “Anytime you amend a charge where it’s a class A misdemeanor or above, the […]

  • Dabakis has big lead in new poll on SLC mayor’s race, but ‘not sure’ is bigger

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new poll shows former state senator Jim Dabakis with a significant lead over his opponents in the mayor’s race. But the biggest vote-getter is “not sure,” meaning it still could be anybody’s race. The poll, released by the left-leaning policy group Alliance for a Better Utah, gives Dabakis a 17-point lead over his nearest opponent, Sen. Luz Escamilla. The poll ranks the candidates as follows: Jim Dabakis 27% Luz Escamilla 10% Stan Penfold 8% David […]

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