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
  • Ghorbani to take advantage of new rule allowing campaign cash to pay for child care

    SALT LAKE CITY — Shireen Ghorbani’s 3-year-old son Desmond got ready for school, while she got ready to hit the campaign trail. “Mom runs for congress!” he said in response to a reporter’s question about what his mother does. The Democratic candidate for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District is taking advantage of a new Federal Election Commission ruling allowing her to spend campaign cash to cover the cost of child care. Ghorbani is the first candidate in Utah to utilize it. […]

  • Appeals court delays ruling in lawsuit over the deaths of Susan Cox Powell’s children

    SEATTLE — A federal appeals court has put off a ruling in a lawsuit over the deaths of Susan Cox Powell’s children. In an order handed down on Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals indicated it would not rule in a lawsuit filed against Washington State’s child welfare services agency until that state’s Supreme Court ruled in similar case. The ruling meant a delay in Chuck and Judy Cox’s efforts to revive their lawsuit against Washington’s child protective […]

  • Salt Lake County health authority endorses Medicaid expansion, stays neutral on medical marijuana

    SALT LAKE CITY — The largest public health policy board in Utah has voted to support a citizen ballot initiative expanding Medicaid in Utah, but will remain neutral on medical marijuana. At its monthly meeting on Thursday, the Salt Lake County Board of Health voted unanimously to support Proposition 3, which expands Medicaid. “We believe bringing those federal dollars into Utah is wise,” Board Chairwoman Clare Coonan told FOX 13. “It will cover more Utahns in terms of access to […]

  • Price man arrested on gun charges, accused of threatening to kill the president

    SALT LAKE CITY — Federal prosecutors have leveled weapons charges against a Price man, accusing him of threatening to kill the president. William Scott Wheeler, 56, appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday where he was ordered detained. According to a charging document, Wheeler was arrested outside of Price last month driving a pickup with a blanket over the hood, obscuring the headlights. It led to a Carbon County Sheriff’s deputy finding a number of firearms. The deputy also said […]

  • Utah’s governor pushes ‘balance’ between preservation, business interests at Outdoor Recreation Summit

    MIDWAY, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert called for an “appropriate balance” between preservation and business interests in remarks delivered to members of the outdoor industry. At the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit, the governor highlighted how big of a business outdoor recreation has become. It’s a $12 billion industry that employs more than 110,000 people. “Tourism and travel is increasing by double digit numbers each and every year. It’s an amazing number and certainly a big part from our economic expansion,” […]

  • LDS Church asks for jury trial in woman’s lawsuit alleging sexual assault at the MTC

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new court filing asks a judge to set a jury trial in McKenna Denson’s lawsuit against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In a joint scheduling order obtained by FOX 13, Denson’s attorneys and LDS Church attorneys outlined the status of the case. “The potential for resolution before trial is poor,” David Jordan, an attorney for the LDS Church’s Corporation for the President, wrote. “This case should not be referred to the court’s […]

  • Utah farmers are looking at a potential new cash crop with newly legalized hemp

    SANDY, Utah — Farmers across the state are expressing some curiosity about a newly legalized crop in Utah. The Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food has opened a public comment period for new rules governing the growing of industrialized hemp. So far, it’s intrigued some farmers as a potential new crop. “We’re always looking for opportunities in agriculture to find new products that we can grow to enhance our farm income,” said Ron Gibson, the president of the Utah Farm […]

  • Prop. 2 sponsors file election complaint over radio ad about medical marijuana

    SALT LAKE CITY — Sponsors of Proposition 2, the medical marijuana ballot initiative, have filed a complaint with the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office against their opponents. In the complaint filed Tuesday, the Utah Patients Coalition centers its anger on an advertisement airing on radio stations that declares “Prop 2 is actually about recreational use and not medical.” The ad was paid for by Drug Safe Utah, which is a coalition of groups including the Utah Medical Association, the Utah Eagle […]

  • ‘Gerry-Meander’ race to call attention to Utah’s Proposition 4 on independent redistricting

    SALT LAKE CITY — The League of Women Voters of Salt Lake is backing Proposition 4 in an unusual way. They’re sponsoring a 5k fun run called the “Gerry-Meander,” a cheeky play on the term “gerrymander,” which means to manipulate political boundaries to favor one party or class. “It’s just going to be a lot of fun for everybody, walking running around the area,” said Kathy Biele, the president of the League of Women Voters of Salt Lake. “We cross […]

  • Judge orders Isaiah Kingston detained in tax fraud case

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal magistrate judge has ordered Washakie Renewable Energy CFO Isaiah Kingston detained in a massive tax fraud case against him. U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells ordered Kingston to remain in jail, noting he transferred at least $52 million to a bank in Turkey, a country where the U.S. cannot extradite him. Kingston is facing money laundering charges. His brother, Washakie CEO Jacob Kingston, is also facing fraud charges alongside Lev Derman (also known as Levon […]

  • The state of Utah wants you to comment on hemp and CBD oil

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is opening a public comment period for new rules about industrialized hemp and CBD oil. The Utah State Legislature passed bills earlier this year allowing some growing of hemp, which has a lower THC level than marijuana. The legislature also legalized CBD oil, but required the Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food to test it and set labeling standards to ensure consumer safety. The agency will release the rules […]

  • United Utah Party candidate drops out of congressional race

    SALT LAKE CITY — Homebuilder Jan Garbett has quietly dropped out of the race for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. Garbett filed paperwork with the Utah Lt. Governor’s Office last month, formally withdrawing from the race as the United Utah Party candidate. In a statement posted on her campaign website, she explained why. “I feel my obligation to the company I helped start and the hundreds of employees and their families dependent on Garbett Homes must come first,” Garbett wrote. “This […]