Ben Winslow
Fox 13 Reporter
Ben Winslow is FOX 13's reporter on Capitol Hill covering a wide variety of topics including politics, polygamy, vice and courts. He has been in the news business in Utah for more than 20 years now, working in radio, newspaper, television and digital news. Winslow has received numerous honors for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award; the Religion Newswriters Association Local TV News Report of the Year; the Utah Broadcaster's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Readers of Salt Lake City Weekly and Q Salt Lake have named him their "Best TV news reporter" for many years now. He co-hosts "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," covering the state's often confusing and quirky liquor laws. Winslow is also known for his very active Twitter account keeping Utahns up-to-date on important news.
SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Spencer Cox's office on Wednesday released an action plan for how the state handles agriculture's water use. Agriculture is the single largest user of water in Utah. "We reco...
Dust blows off the dry lakebed of the Great Salt Lake as seen from Farmington Bay on Aug.22 2022. (Photo: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — All of northern Utah faces risk from dust storms laced with arsenic and other chemicals from a shrinking Great Salt Lake, a scientist warned a panel of lawmakers on Tuesday night. "Th...
The state of Utah will implement the "turf buyback" program this spring. (Screenshot FOX 13)
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Wilson and Kari Jimenez are thrilled with how their yard looks. "We still have a little bit of grass here, but we plan to eliminate the rest of that and continue with the desert lan...
SALT LAKE CITY — A special blend of grasses that uses less water and still looks good has proven to be such a hit, other communities want it. "It’s been an incredible hit," said Dr. Kelly Kopp, a prof...
Birds flock over the Great Salt Lake on Friday, Aug 19, 2022.(Photo credit: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — An environmental group is pushing for the Great Salt Lake to be treated like a sovereign entity worthy of its own legal rights. "We believe Great Salt Lake should have a right to flou...
Governor Spencer Cox speaks at Utah State University's Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water & Air on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.(Photo by: John Eulberg, FOX 13 News)
LOGAN, Utah — Governor Spencer Cox said more money will be needed to expand water conservation measures and save the Great Salt Lake. At a forum on Thursday hosted at Utah State University's Janet Qui...
A group met with some Utah lawmakers and representatives of the governor's office to pitch an idea of a pipeline from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Salt Lake. (FOX 13)
SALT LAKE CITY — A group met with some Utah lawmakers and representatives of the governor's office to pitch an idea of a pipeline from the Pacific Ocean to the Great Salt Lake. International Water Hol...
Photo by: John Eulberg, FOX 13 News  Rep. Joel Ferry, R-Brigham City, appears at his Senate confirmation hearing to lead Utah's Department of Natural Resources.
Photo by: John Eulberg, FOX 13 News Rep. Joel Ferry, R-Brigham City, appears at his Senate confirmation hearing to lead Utah's Department of Natural Resources.
SALT LAKE CITY — Saving the Great Salt Lake will be his "top priority" in office, the new head of Utah's Department of Natural Resources said at his Senate confirmation hearing on Friday. "Right now,...
A specially-created blend of grass called "SLC Turf Trade" uses at least 30% less water than others, while still looking green.
A specially-created blend of grass called "SLC Turf Trade" uses at least 30% less water than others, while still looking green.
SALT LAKE CITY — The grass in the small park on the corner of Concord Street and California Avenue looks and feels just like any other lawn. But the specially-created blend of grass called " SLC Turf...
Utah State Rep. Joel Ferry, Sen. Mitt Romney and Utah House Speaker Brad Wilson tour the Great Salt Lake by fan boat, Friday, Aug 19, 2022. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)
FARMINGTON BAY, Utah — As the airboats moved through the marshes, hundreds of birds took flight. Senator Mitt Romney marveled at them. "You fly by this area on commercial aircraft and you look down, y...
SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution calling for action to save the Great Salt Lake. The resolution, sponsored by Council member Richard Snelgrove,...
SALT LAKE CITY — The last boats have been pulled from the Great Salt Lake Marina. FOX 13 News documented cranes lifting the remaining boats out on Wednesday. It is a result of the Great Salt Lake cont...
FARMINGTON BAY, Utah — The powerful Speaker of Utah's House of Representatives is planning more legislation to help save the rapidly shrinking Great Salt Lake. "The lake? The lake’s struggling right n...
SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Spencer Cox said more action will be taken to help save the Great Salt Lake, which continues to drop to new lows. "Should we have started earlier? Probably. But we are where...
SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake has dropped to a new historic low, FOX 13 News has confirmed. The imperiled lake has dropped to 4,190.1, below last year's record low of 4,190.2 feet. "It’s come a...
RIVERTON, Utah — A bill designed to change how Utahns pay for water in their property tax bills is advancing on Utah's Capitol Hill. Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, is proposing a major change in how prop...
Tech conserves water, but also costs a lot of money TREMONTON, Utah — Colton Russon can control the irrigation system with his phone. The Tremonton farmer has installed a series of automated irrigatio...
Photo by: FOX 13  Satellite images show dramatic effects drought is having on the Great Salt Lake
Photo by: FOX 13 Satellite images show dramatic effects drought is having on the Great Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Utah's congressional delegation have introduced a bill that seeks to get more water into the Great Salt Lake. The bill could include a pipeline to get more water into the s...
WEST JORDAN, Utah — The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is asking all of its customers to cut their water use by at least 10%. That's both indoor and outdoor use. "We’re not seeing the snowpa...
SALT LAKE CITY — Recent wind storms that hit the Wasatch Front brought dust from the West Desert and Great Salt Lake into communities, state officials said. Time-lapse videos (below) from FOX 13 News...
Environmental groups get $40m to secure water SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake may be weeks away from hitting its new historic low. The lake could to drop over the next three to four weeks, Laura...
More dust storms could blow into the Wasatch Front as a result of increasingly exposed lake bed, state leaders are warning. FARMINGTON BAY, Utah — More dust storms could blow into the Wasatch Front as...
A legislative commission is floating the idea of a pipeline to bring water from the Pacific Ocean into the Great Salt Lake. SALT LAKE CITY — A legislative commission is floating the idea of a pipeline...
Outside the Washington City Cemetery and a nearby athletic field, city crews are removing turf.
Outside the Washington City Cemetery and a nearby athletic field, city crews are removing turf.
WASHINGTON CITY, Utah — Outside the Washington City Cemetery and a nearby athletic field, city crews are removing turf. "We've identified areas throughout the city that we have deemed as non-functiona...
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Outside City Hall, some patches of grass look a little different than others. Look closely, and you'll see it's not real grass. West Valley City replaced some lawn around City...
{youtube}2W_S-pYqK7M{/youtube} SALT LAKE CITY — The Great Salt Lake is projected to drop another two feet to hit a new historic low this year, state officials warned on Tuesday. During a briefing to t...
{youtube}hJ8b3n4TUHI{/youtube} SALT LAKE CITY — The projection that the Great Salt Lake may hit a new record low this year is pressuring Utah political leaders to do more to protect the massive water...
Bison on Antelope Island
The shrinking Great Salt Lake could create more problems, with animals migrating in search of new food sources. ANTELOPE ISLAND, Utah — The shrinking Great Salt Lake could create more problems, with a...
Sen. Kathleen Riebe, D-Cottonwood Heights, and Rep. Jeffrey Stenquist, R-Draper, look out the windows as they and other Utah lawmakers take an aerial tour of the Great Salt Lake by Blackhawk helicopters from the Air National Guard. The group left from the Capitol in Salt Lake City Utah on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah National Guard dropped three Blackhawk helicopters on Capitol Hill to pick up lawmakers, taking them on an aerial tour of the shrinking Great Salt Lake. FOX 13 News accompani...
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah National Guard will fly dozens of lawmakers over the Great Salt Lake so they can see first-hand how far it has shrunk, FOX 13 News has learned. Rep. Doug Owens, D-Millcreek,...