Zach Whitney is a multi-media journalist for Fox 13 News. He joined the Fox 13 News team in November 2011.
Prior to working at Fox 13, he worked as a reporter for KLEW News in Lewiston, Idaho. He is no stranger to Utah. He graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and grew up in Murray.
He loves politics and religion. He is also fluent in Spanish. Zach and his wife have two daughters.
ST. GEORGE, Utah – Heads up, thumbs up. That’s the message St. George City is trying to send through a new campaign to stop distracted driving. The city launched their campaign Tuesday. They partnered with Utah-based Sorensen Advertising to create a website and various media spots to raise awareness against something police officers say they see every day. “It’s pretty ridiculous how often I see it,” said St. George Police officer Mark Beihl. “That’s the problem.” Beihl said it’s not […]
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Hundreds of fans of the cartoon show “My Little Pony” are gathered this weekend, and their goal is to celebrate the characters, the message, and the art from the kids’ TV show, but many are adult men. The Crystal Mountain Pony Con is in its fourth year. Convention president Shane Gray said the community of “Bronies” and “Pegisisters” grows every year. While it’s surprising to some, attendees say it’s really simple. “I think it’s something […]
JORDANELLE STATE PARK, Utah – AQUA x ZONE is an inflatable water sports park that sits atop the Jordanelle Reservoir that allows up to 65 people to run, jump, swing and swim. The attraction is one of only four floating water parks west of the Mississippi River, and the playground is a joint public/private partnership between AQUA x ZONE and Utah State Parks. “It’s unlike anything you’ve probably ever done before,” said AQUA x ZONE owner Etai Timna. “It’s like a bounce […]
ALBANY, Oregon – Two sister missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are being called heroes after they helped their neighbors out of a burning home in Albany, Oregon. The two sisters are both from Utah, serving in the Salem Oregon mission. Sister Jana Shumway, of Lehi, and Sister Heather Munford, of North Ogden, were just getting ready for their preparation day on Monday when they heard cries for help from next door. “It was kind of […]
DEER CREEK STATE PARK, Utah – A new zip line at Deer Creek State Park is giving visitors a birds-eye view of the reservoir. It’s the latest attraction at Zipline Utah. The zip line course opened at Deer Creek State Park in September 2015, but the Screaming Falcon is the crowning achievement. It’s a 3,925-foot-long line over Rainbow Bay. Jon Johnson, founder of Zipline Utah, said it’s the longest line over water in the world. “It’s real exciting to have […]
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The University of Utah had a wild visitor Friday when an 18-month-old bull moose showed up on campus. Students and employees first spotted the moose around 8 a.m. near the Chapel Glenn area of campus. U of U employee Annalisa Purser said she was walking to her office when she noticed the four-legged companion. “As I was walking, I heard some clops walking past me,” Purser said. “I got off my phone and looked up, […]
WILLARD, Utah – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources started dumping rocks into Willard Bay Thursday. It’s a project designed to give the bottom of the reservoir a little “variety.” Crews will dump 500 tons of large rocks into the bay. It’s done by loading up dump trucks one at a time onto a barge, sailing out to a pre-determined location, and dumping the load. Kent Sorenson, an assistant habitat manager with the DWR, said the bed of the freshwater […]
SALT LAKE CITY — While Hogle Zoo staff tranquilized an escaped leopard, zoo guests were quickly rushed into the nearest building. It’s part of lockdown protocol. The female Amur Leopard, Zeya,was spotted by a guest outside of its exhibit in the Asian Highlands around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The 4-year-old, 60-pound-cat, was sleeping on a beam about 15 feet in the air just outside the fence to her cage. Zoo officials said hundreds of guests had to be ushered into exhibit buildings, gift […]
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Suspected shooter in an apparent road rage incident in West Jordan is in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase across Salt Lake County, Monday evening, police dispatch confirms. The chase started in West Valley City and continued into Salt Lake City. Police say speeds reached over 100 mph on the freeways and over 80 mph on residential streets. The suspect, later identified as Joseph Granados, got out of his vehicle at 4800 West and […]
MAGNA, Utah – Rio Tinto Kennecott announced Friday a pilot project aimed at improving the stability and safety of their tailings property just north of SR 201. Managers say it’s in response to recent reports about increased probability of earthquakes in Utah. The company plans to install over 100 wells on the hillside south of the impoundment lot. Tailings and Water Services manager Paula Doughty said the wells will pump about 700 gallons per minute from the ground. The drier […]
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Business owners near Pioneer Park are fed up with the growing homeless population in their neighborhood. They say its affected business in the area, and not enough is being done to change it. Business owners and stakeholders expressed their frustrations at the Pioneer Park Coalition meeting earlier this week. Pete Henderson, owner of the Rio Grande Café, was one of them. “We all want to help the homeless, and I’m included in that group, very […]
COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah – Salt Lake City utilities is investigating after a fire hydrant malfunctioned early Wednesday morning. Fire crews in Cottonwood Heights turned on the hydrant to fight a house fire near 7700 South and 3500 East, but water sprayed out the bottom rather than going through the hose. “It looked like Niagara Falls,” neighbor Norbert Kula said. “The water that they should have been putting on the house was going down the road.” Unified Fire Authority Captain Dustin Dern […]