Ben Winslow is a multi-platform journalist for FOX 13 News, breaking news on a number of platforms.
He has covered some of Utah’s biggest news stories in a 20-year journalism career working for newspaper, radio, television and digital mediums. Winslow covers a wide variety of topics from politics to polygamy and is known for “live-tweeting” news events. He also co-hosts the “Utah Booze News” podcast, covering liquor laws and alcohol policy.
Winslow has won numerous awards for his work, including a national Edward R. Murrow award, the Religion Newswriters Association’s local TV news report of the year, numerous Utah Broadcaster’s Association awards and local awards by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also been recognized by Salt Lake City Weekly, QSalt Lake as the best TV reporter in Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY — For over an hour, the Republican candidates vying to be Utah’s next governor faced a tough series of questions from Silicon Slopes Executive Director Clint Betts. The head of the tech industry group grilled them on perks and incentives handed out to the state, growth, affordable housing, rural Utah’s economy, the inland port, LGBTQ rights, President Trump and whether developers have too much influence in Utah. It was a lively debate at the annual Silicon Slopes […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Fourth District Congressman Ben McAdams is endorsing Mike Bloomberg in the presidential race. In a statement released Friday morning through the Bloomberg campaign, Congressman McAdams praised the former New York City mayor and billionaire who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. “Washington is full of people who talk, and our country is desperately in need of a doer like Mike who puts people ahead of politics,” Rep. McAdams said in […]
TOOELE, Utah — One of the state’s first medical cannabis grow facilities opened its doors to community leaders and state officials as they begin harvesting the first crops for patients. “The people voted it in here in Utah. We are very excited to be participating,” Tyke Companies General Manager Randall Gleave told FOX 13 in an interview on Thursday. Tryke gave tours of its production facility, from seedlings to harvest and the picking of marijuana flower. For Tooele Mayor Debbie […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has reversed part of a former school teacher’s convictions in a ruling about whether scrapbooks he made featuring pornographic images actually broke state law. In a unanimous ruling, the state’s top court overturned two counts of Michael Scott Hatfield’s conviction. He pleaded no contest in 2017 to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after being caught at American Preparatory Academy with scrapbooks “containing homemade collages comprised of pornographic images of adults […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed “our state of the state is… it’s just the best” in his final address to the people of Utah. Gov. Herbert, who is ending his third term in office and not seeking re-election, delivered his annual State of the State address looking forward and laying down some new policy initiatives. Speaking directly to the people of Utah, the governor praised them as “kind-hearted people” who work hard and care about their neighbors. […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox said the referendum on the legislature’s tax overhaul bill will not appear on the November ballot. In a statement Wednesday, the Lt. Governor said that since the tax bill had been repealed by the legislature and signed by Governor Gary Herbert, it was now “moot.” “The purpose of a referendum petition is to refer a law passed by the legislature to a vote of the people. Since that law has been […]
SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would legalize “wine of the month” clubs in Utah may not get too far in the Utah State Legislature. In an interview on “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast” produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, the senator tasked by the Republican majority with running liquor bills expressed a little doubt about the future of the bill. Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, also talked about liquor bills he’s running that could […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes spent a donation from Washakie Renewable Energy CEO Jacob Kingston that his campaign originally claimed had been set aside in the aftermath of a federal raid. The disclosure by Reyes’ campaign, first reported The Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Gehrke, shows that the money had already been spent despite claims to FOX 13 and others that it was in escrow. “In 2014, the Reyes campaign received donation support from Washakie Renewable […]
SALT LAKE CITY — On the same day the citizen referendum met a threshold to force a public vote, the Utah State Legislature repealed its controversial tax reform bill. The Lt. Governor’s Office reported Tuesday night that 130,470 signatures had been validated — more than the 116,000 signature threshold needed to get on the November ballot. The House voted 70-1 to repeal the bill. “Mr. Speaker, I ask your support and everyone in this body’s support to repeal the second […]
SALT LAKE CITY — If you want a hunting license or a fishing license in Utah, you’d better be current on your child support. House Bill 197, sponsored by Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, R-Clearfield, would prohibit the state from issuing licenses, tags or permits if someone is delinquent at least $2,500 on their child support obligations. In an interview with FOX 13, Rep. Lisonbee said more than $400 million in child support is uncollected in Utah. “It’s just another way to […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah is opposing efforts to add a wrongful death claim to a lawsuit filed by the family of murdered student Lauren McCluskey. In a filing by the Utah Attorney General’s Office obtained by FOX 13, the university argues it has governmental immunity. “Because Ms. McCluskey’s death originated from Rowland’s murder (an assault and battery), the Immunity Act prohibits the University from being liable for Plaintiffs’ wrongful death claims, even if Plaintiffs’ claims sound […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Legislature is under way, with lawmakers promising to immediately repeal a tax overhaul bill they passed in special session a month ago, buckling to a citizen referendum. The repeal will be run through the House and Senate tomorrow with no public hearing, Senate President Stuart Adams, R-Layton, told reporters. Instead, they will suspend the rules to run the bill and get it to Governor Gary Herbert to sign. “We pretty much heard from […]