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
  • Newly-elected House Rep. Phil Lyman’s federal probation will end ahead of him taking office

    SALT LAKE CITY — Newly-elected Utah House Rep. Phil Lyman’s court-ordered probation is scheduled to end ahead of him taking office. A report filed in U.S. District Court recommends terminating his supervision on Dec. 17, just weeks before he would be sworn into office representing southeastern Utah in the state legislature. “At the time of sentencing, he was ordered to pay a $50.00 special assessment fee, $1000.00 fine and $96,955.61 in restitution. The special assessment fee has been satisfied; however, […]

  • Utah Senate Democrats shake up leadership

    SALT LAKE CITY — In closed-door elections, the Utah Senate’s minority caucus has shaken up its leadership. Sen. Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, has been elevated to Senate Minority Leader in Friday’s election, replacing Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, who served for six years. Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, was elected Minority Whip and Sen. Jani Iwamoto, D-Salt Lake City, was elected as Assistant Whip. The newly elected Sen. Derek Kitchen, D-Salt Lake City, was appointed caucus manager. […]

  • New leaders elected in the Utah State Legislature’s Republican majority

    SALT LAKE CITY — Following Tuesday’s elections in local races, House and Senate Republicans met on Capitol Hill to pick new leaders. House Majority Leader Brad Wilson, R-Kaysville, was elected House Speaker after about an hour’s meeting of the House GOP caucus behind closed doors. Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, was elected Majority Leader; Rep. Mike Schultz, R-Hooper is Majority Whip and Rep. Val Peterson, R-Orem, was elected Assistant Whip. Rep. Wilson will replace House Speaker Greg Hughes, who is retiring […]

  • Utah Department of Health prepares to start distributing medical marijuana, expanding Medicaid

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Health has been given two mandates: voters on Tuesday told the state to expand Medicaid, providing healthcare coverage to an additional 150,000 people who can’t afford it. And soon the agency will have to start distributing medical cannabis. The Utah Department of Health is the agency tasked with doling out marijuana to patients under a compromise bill that will be taken up in a special legislative session next month to replace Proposition 2, […]

  • Utah’s medical marijuana initiative could also test the LDS Church’s political clout

    SALT LAKE CITY — Proposition 2’s win on Election Day is being viewed as a mandate to the Utah State Legislature about medical cannabis, but also a possible test of the strength of the political influence of the state’s dominant faith. The medical marijuana initiative, born out of years of frustration by legislative inaction, passed with about 53% of the vote. It also passed despite opposition from a coalition of groups including the Utah Medical Association, law enforcement associations and […]

  • President Trump says ‘Mia Love gave me no love and she lost’, race not yet called

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday Mia Love lost her election after showing him “no love”, but the race has not yet been called for Utah’s Fourth District. “Mia Love. I saw Mia Love, she called me all the time to help her with a hostage situation, being held hostage in Venezuela. But Mia Love gave me no love and she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia,” Trump said in a news conference Wednesday. The hostage situation in […]

  • Utah’s medical marijuana ballot initiative will pass

    SALT LAKE CITY — Proposition 2, Utah’s medical cannabis initiative, appears headed for passage based on returns. As of 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the citizen referendum initiative had 54% of the vote in favor to 45% against. FOX 13 projected the initiative would pass. At a watch party organized by the Utah Patients Coalition (which sponsored Prop. 2), the crowd burst into cheers at the projection. “All of our hard work has paid off,” said Desiree Hennessy, the mother of […]

  • A ballot issue in Orem is being decided by just one vote

    OREM, Utah — A single vote separates approval or failure of a ballot issue about student housing surrounding Utah Valley University. Proposition 5, which deals with zoning for student housing in an Orem neighborhood near UVU, is right now sitting at 50-50. According to numbers provided by the Utah County Clerk to the state elections office, there are 7,138 for Prop. 5, compared to 7,137 against it. The numbers are preliminary and are expected to be updated by the end […]

  • In San Juan County, a lot of oversight but no problems reported so far

    An historic election is under way in San Juan County. Photos shared with FOX 13 showed people lined up outside a voting location in Monument Valley. A federal judge ordered a special election this year for county commission and school board after he found racial gerrymandering against Native Americans in political boundaries. Native Americans (mostly Navajo) make up a majority population, but U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby found they were gerrymandered to be a political minority. He ordered the boundaries […]

  • Judge dismisses lawsuit over thousands of potentially missing mail-in ballots

    SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Salt Lake County clerk over thousands of potentially missing ballots. In a ruling following an emergency hearing in 3rd District Court, Judge Robert Faust dismissed the lawsuit. He said he found Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen has complied with the law. “Testimony is uncontroverted that all of the ballots for all of the registered voters were mailed out 28 days, the maximum amount of time allowed […]

  • Justice Dept. to send someone to monitor the historic elections in San Juan County

    SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will send someone to San Juan County to monitor the historic election ordered by a federal judge who found racial gerrymandering against Native Americans. In a statement on Monday, the agency announced it was deploying members of its Civil Rights Division to 35 communities, including San Juan County. “The Civil Rights Division will gather information on, among other things, whether voters are subject to different voting qualifications or […]

  • Judge won’t dismiss lawsuit filed over Millard County police shooting

    SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a man shot by police during a 2014 chase in Millard County. George Finlinson is suing over the shooting and his treatment inside the Utah County Jail after his arrest. In a ruling recently handed down, U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell allowed the lawsuit to proceed against police and probation officers and the Millard and Utah County sheriff’s offices (but dropped some specific officers […]