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
  • 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 […]

  • Tariffs and trade wars are giving Utah farmers plenty to worry about

    OGDEN, Utah — Like a lot of farmers across the state, Ron Gibson is keenly aware of international trade agreements and their direct impact to their livelihood. He is extremely concerned about tariffs between the United States and Canada, Mexico and China. “We are saying our prayers it’s not going to turn into some great big trade war,” Gibson told FOX 13 on Friday. Gibson’s Green Acres, a dairy farm in western Weber County, has been in his family for […]

  • The Fourth of July was the first test of a new fireworks law

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Firefighters across the Salt Lake Valley were kept up all night responding to fire calls related to fireworks. The Unified Fire Authority said it received 45 calls to its dispatch center reporting fires, compared to 31 the year before. Firefighters said the fires, however, were smaller. Valley Emergency Communications, which dispatches for a number of agencies, told FOX 13 it had 647 phone calls from 9 p.m. to midnight. Of those, 77 were reporting fires (minus duplicate […]

  • Wilson wants Romney to debate this month, but he’s only agreed to do one later this year

    SALT LAKE CITY — Jenny Wilson, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, challenged Mitt Romney to a debate this month on immigration. On Twitter, Wilson released an open letter to Romney’s campaign insisting on a debate about the separation of families and other immigration issues this month. .@MittRomney – You've got mail! #DebateTime #utpol — Jenny Wilson for UT (@JennyWilsonUT) July 5, 2018 It’s one of a series of debates she has said she wants to have with the […]

  • Carbon County restricted its Fourth of July fireworks to one spot

    PRICE, Utah — Carbon County restricted its Fourth of July fireworks to one spot in an effort to alleviate fire danger. Residents were allowed to set off personal fireworks for one night at the Carbon County Fairgrounds. It’s the same spot the county put on a professional display. Carbon County restricted fireworks to July 4th only and to the fairgrounds in an effort to prevent more wildfires. This approach has been taken in previous years, said Justin Needles, the county’s […]

  • LGBT groups finally march in Provo’s Freedom Festival

    PROVO, Utah — Among the high school marching bands, veterans, pageant queens and politicians, groups representing Utah Valley’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community took some historic steps. After years of being rejected from one of America’s largest patriotic celebrations in one of Utah’s most conservative cities, several LGBT community groups were finally allowed in the Freedom Festival parade. “This is about America, all the people here, the community,” said Sgt. Jeff Clement, a Utah Army National Guard veteran who […]

  • Lt. Governor asks Utah Supreme Court to keep Count My Vote off the November ballot

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Lt. Governor is defending the law that allows voters to remove signatures from a citizen referendum petition. In a new court filing before the Utah Supreme Court, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox pushed back on Count My Vote’s request to strike down a portion of election law dealing with signature removal. Count My Vote, which would allow political candidates to gather signatures and skip the caucus-convention system that political parties prefer, failed to qualify for the […]

  • Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy resigns suddenly amid funding concerns

    PROVO, Utah — Utah County Sheriff Jim Tracy abruptly resigned Tuesday morning during a Utah County Commission meeting. Sheriff Tracy told commissioners they had repeatedly failed to respond to emails about funding concerns within the sheriff’s office. He said they’re operating $800,000 in the red because of an inmate’s medical needs. The doctor hasn’t been paid and he said the sheriff’s office has been sent to collections. “I’ve been requesting money, or at least advice, from the commissioner on how […]

  • Wanda Barzee denied parole in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapping

    DRAPER, Utah — Wanda Barzee, convicted for her role in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, has been denied parole. The Utah Board of Pardons & Parole announced on Monday that Barzee would be given another parole hearing in 2023. It would be ahead of the termination of her prison sentence, to determine if she has completed any mental health treatment. Barzee, 72, was convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in connection with the 2002 abduction of Elizabeth Smart. Barzee’s husband, […]

  • Judge won’t hold San Juan County in contempt over primary election problems after racial gerrymandering ruling

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has refused to hold San Juan County in contempt of court over problems that emerged leading up to the primary election. The county has been under court oversight and scrutiny following a ruling last year that commission and school board boundaries were gerrymandered along racial lines, making a Native American population majority into a political minority. He ordered special elections this year. Last month, lawyers for a group of voters and the Navajo […]