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
  • Secondary water will be metered under a bill on Utah’s Capitol Hill

    SALT LAKE CITY — Watering your lawn could get more expensive — or cheaper — depending on how you use secondary water. Sen. Jake Anderegg, R-Lehi, filed Senate Bill 52 on Monday, allowing for the metering of secondary water in Utah. Right now, many communities don’t meter the secondary water supply. This bill would create a program to have metering statewide by 2030. It would be for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential use. In a drought-stricken state like Utah, conservationists […]

  • Animal cruelty could be added to the list of domestic violence offenses

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill being proposed on Capitol Hill could add animal cruelty to the list of offenses in Utah’s domestic violence law. Sen. Alan Christensen, R-Ogden, filed Senate Bill 45 on Monday. It would put aggravated animal cruelty on the list of offenses that would qualify as domestic violence. The bill was filed ahead of the 2019 Utah State Legislature that begins at the end of the month.

  • Washakie Renewable Energy CEO Jacob Kingston asks to be released from jail

    SALT LAKE CITY — Washakie Renewable Energy CEO Jacob Kingston is offering to post a $10 million bond to be released from jail as he awaits trial on fraud charges. In a recent court filing, Kingston’s attorneys asked for his release arguing he will remain in the state of Utah, wear a GPS monitoring device and he and his family would surrender their passports. “The bond will also be co-signed by 45 members of Kingston’s family who exert powerful moral […]

  • You could see a tax cut this year, but more things in Utah will likely be taxed

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Governor Gary Herbert wants a $200 million tax cut, but legislative leaders aren’t necessarily sure where it would be. At a speech Monday morning to the Utah Taxpayers Association, the governor pushed for “tax modernization.” He said that as society moves from one of goods to more services, the state is losing tax revenue that funds everything from roads to schools. “We’ve gone from 70% of the economy paying taxes, now to only 40% paying […]

  • Aimee Winder Newton confirms she’s considering a run for governor

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Council Chairwoman Aimee Winder Newton is considering a run for Utah governor in 2020. Chatter began Monday morning that some Republicans were looking to recruit her for a potential run. Her name being floated was first reported by the political website In a text message to FOX 13, Winder Newton confirmed she was considering it but said no decision had been made yet. Winder Newton, the first woman to chair the Salt […]

  • Utah’s congressional reps ask for emergency opening of Zion, Bryce Canyon national parks

    SALT LAKE CITY — All of Utah’s congressional representatives are asking the U.S. Department of Interior to re-open Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks on an emergency basis. In a letter sent Saturday, Republican Reps. Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart and John Curtis ask the acting Interior Secretary for a “critical exception” to the government shutdown because of a lack of search and rescue crews. Read the letter here:   Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams sent his own letter that was shared […]

  • Lawyers resist speedy deposition of LDS Church president in lawsuit

    SALT LAKE CITY — Attorneys for a couple being sued over decades-old accusations of sexual abuse are urging a federal judge to reject a demand for a speedy deposition of the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In a filing on Friday, attorneys for Brenda and Richard Miles called the motion “aimed at publicity rather than any real litigation need.” They pointed to an interview the plaintiffs’ attorney did with FOX 13 last month about the […]

  • Rideshare company Lyft names the most popular spots in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — The rideshare company Lyft is naming the most popular destinations in the city. In its annual “Lyftie Awards,” the company tallied up the most popular places that people used its service to take rides to in 45 cities. For Salt Lake City, the winners were: The Sun Trapp was the most popular bar. USANA was the most visited concert venue. Not surprising if you’ve ever been stuck in traffic in the West Valley neighborhoods surrounding it. […]

  • The Utah GOP’s ‘civil war’ continues into 2019 with the U.S. Supreme Court being asked to hear appeal

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Republican Party’s ongoing “civil war” is continuing into 2019 with the U.S. Supreme Court being asked to hear an appeal over who can be a candidate for the GOP on the ballot. On Friday, the U.S. Pastor Council, Christian Life Center and the Layton Christian Academy submitted their own “friend of the court” briefs, asking the nation’s top court to hear the Utah GOP’s appeal of the Senate Bill 54 lawsuit. They argued the […]

  • Government shutdown halts tribe’s lawsuit staking claim to 2 million acres of land in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — The ongoing federal government shutdown has halted the Ute Tribe’s lawsuit staking claim to more than two million acres of land in eastern Utah. In a court filing on Friday, a federal judge agreed to halt the Ute Tribe’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior. Government attorneys said funding for their jobs had lapsed. “Absent an appropriation, Department of Justice attorneys and employees, as well as employees of numerous other federal agencies, are prohibited from […]

  • The Utah State Legislature could be in a water fight with several bills and a constitutional amendment

    OGDEN, Utah — Ron Gibson looks out over the farmland his family has been working for 150 years now. Water is its lifeblood. “There’s nothing grown without water,” he said in an interview with FOX 13 on Friday. “Doesn’t matter how much dirt you have if you don’t have water to go with it, you’re in trouble.” Water issues are becoming increasingly more critical in Utah, where the state is seeing unprecedented growth. As a result, bills are being filed […]

  • Slavery is still in Utah’s constitution and a lawmaker wants voters to remove it

    SALT LAKE CITY — Slavery still exists in the Utah State Constitution. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within this State,” it states in Article I, Section 21. While officially abolished at the end of the Civil War, Utah’s constitution still has the words in it. Rep. Sandra Hollins, D-Salt Lake City, is now proposing a constitutional amendment to have the words removed. “It’s still […]