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Tamara Vaifanua was born in southern California and raised in Taylorsville, Utah. She graduated from Southern Utah University in Communications and Political Science.Before joining Fox 13, Vaifanua worked at ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV as a reporter.

Before that, she launched the first news operation in St. George, Utah and served as anchor, reporter, producer and Managing Editor. She also served as the station's political reporter. During her tenure, she covered the 2005 flooding of southern Utah, and the capture of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs. She also hosted and produced several documentaries, one featuring the homecoming of the 222nd Field Artillery Battallion from Afghanistan, another highlighting the humanitarian efforts of a local group who traveled to a Mexican orphanage.

Vaifanua began her career in broadcasting in Laughlin, Nevada as an anchor/reporter. She reported on the 2001 Laughlin River Run brawl that left numerous outlaw biker gang members dead. The Taylorsville native is excited to be back in her hometown near her family. She enjoys spending time with her family, and traveling to exotic places like her homeland of Samoa.

When she's not chasing down news stories, you can find her logging miles for marathon #2. She ran her first marathon at the 2009 St. George Marathon. She and her husband have one daughter.


Recent Articles
  • Lack of water forcing boats to be removed from Great Salt Lake

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – Sailboats are being pulled from the Great Salt Lake Marina Friday because there isn’t enough water. Officials said water levels in the lake just aren’t high enough to accommodate sailboats but they have a plan. Crews are moving the boats so State Park crews can start the dredging project. Authorities said the boats will be stored in the parking lot. The owners will have to wait at least a year to get back out on the Great […]

  • Herriman sets up emergency alert service to warn Utahns during wildfire season

    HERRIMAN, Utah – A dry winter has exposed the city of Herriman to some trouble spots where fires could flare up so firefighters are keeping a close eye on conditions for what’s expected to be an active fire season. All eyes are on the hillsides covered with brush and tall grass. The fear is once all the brush dies, it will become dry fuel. On a windy hot day, a wildfire could spark and quickly spread. Unified Fire authorities are […]

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    Utah documentary helping law enforcement combat latest gang trends

    SANDY, Utah – A local documentary is spotlighting how football is reaching the Polynesian community to help erase gang activity. The documentary is helping officers understand and combat the latest local and national gang trends. Directors of the film, “In Football We Trust,” say it’s not a movie about gangs but instead shows Polynesian teens can get caught up in the lifestyle and how their culture and home life shape their decisions. Organizers of the Utah Gang Conference said they […]

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    Utah university offering new program to help state’s struggle with autism

    OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University is paving new ground in the state’s struggle with autism. The university is offering students a new education path, a minor meant to have a major impact on Utah’s ability to provide help to those with the developmental disorder. UVU began offering a minor in autism studies about a year ago where students learn to interact with adults and children with autism. Professors challenge students to help those with autism cope with sensory or […]

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    Book of Mormon tickets on sale in Utah; here’s what LDS Church is saying

    SALT LAKE CITY – The wait is over for fans of the Book of Mormon musical. Several dozen turned out to snag a few tickets and they didn’t have to deal with any long lines.  Doors opened at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Theatre and the line didn’t really start forming until about 8:30 a.m. ArtTix is selling tickets online and the site was getting so much traffic some logging on to buy were put on an online wait list. The […]

  • Study suggests many women not giving their body enough time off between pregnancies

    SALT LAKE CITY — Women aren’t giving their bodies enough time in between the birth of a child and having another baby, according to a recent study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors say women typically wait 2.5 years between pregnancies, but a new study is showing a different trend. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took a look at 2011 birth certificate data from 36 states, including Utah. Researchers learned that 29.6  percent of women […]

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    I-15 open again in SLC after black ice contributes to several crashes

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Highway Patrol has reopened southbound I-15 in Salt Lake City after a series of crashes and dangerous road conditions forced them to close a 10 block stretch of the freeway Thursday morning. The southbound lanes of I-15 between 600 N and 400 S had been closed while crews worked on cleaning up the accidents, which were exacerbated by black ice. UHP urges drivers to use extra caution in slick road conditions. “All we’d ask […]

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    Snowy weather hits Wasatch Front; about 140 crashes, slide-offs in Utah and Salt Lake counties

    SALT LAKE CITY — An overnight snow storm made the roads wet and slushy for morning commuters, leading to several crashes and slide-offs. Wednesday morning, the Utah Department of Transportation reported pockets of heavy snow, reduced visibilities and slick road conditions in the Salt Lake Valley, especially over bridges. “Right now, our biggest problem is probably Parleys Canyon. There is restrictions to chains and four wheel drives up there and people aren’t adhering to that so much,” said Sgt. Todd […]

  • BYU study sheds light on ‘mommy brain’ stereotype

    SALT LAKE CITY — You may have heard the term “mommy brain” when it comes to having a baby, as it’s a common stereotype that women’s brains don’t work as well when they are pregnant. Now, a new study from Brigham Young University indicates that’s not actually the case. Michael Larson, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at BYU, spoke about the stereotype. “There’s been a conception for a long time that women don’t have as good of memory, […]

  • Shaving cream filled balloons feature in students’ Autism Awareness Day celebration

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Some students in West Valley City used shaving cream filled balloons Wednesday, but it wasn’t for an April Fools’ Day prank– instead, they’re raising awareness about autism spectrum disorders, which affect one in 68 children. Students at Whittier Elementary School ditched the books and picked up balloons filled with shaving cream to mark an occasion dear to their heart on Wednesday. The children who attend have been diagnosed with autism, and they were celebrating World […]

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    Utah fans travel to Houston to support Runnin’ Utes at Sweet 16

    HOUSTON- — In just a few hours, the University of Utah Runnin’ Utes will take on the Duke Blue Devils in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, and some loyal fans are traveling all the way to Texas to see their team play. FOX 13 News’ Tamara Vaifanua spoke with several Utah fans before they departed Salt Lake City International Airport. “I am headed to the Sweet Sixteen! How sweet it is!” Vicky Hansen said. Hansen said she is […]

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    Utah Airman honored with Purple Heart for actions in Iraq, Afghanistan

    SOUTH OGDEN, Utah – A Utah Airman is being honored with a Purple Heart for his actions and the injuries he sustained overseas.  This South Ogden native, Tech Sgt. Gabriel Wasnuk, was an explosive ordnance tech and served combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. A car bomb blew up his convoy in Iraq in 2006 and he suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Wasnuk said he tried to ignore the symptoms and was too afraid to admit he was dealing with […]

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