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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.

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  • Experts demonstrate safe ways to set off fireworks

    SALT LAKE CITY – Wednesday is the first day of the summer holiday season Utahns can legally begin setting off fireworks, and the professionals want to make sure folks are following proper safety procedures. With some help from the Salt Lake City Fire Department, a firework technician gave FOX 13 News a demonstration. “We want to make sure everybody is safe,” said Joee Witter, who is a representative for Phantom Fireworks. Witter met FOX13 at the Salt Lake City Fire […]

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    Warnings and restrictions: Fireworks for July 4 & Pioneer Day

    We are just a few days away from celebrating our freedom and that means it’s almost time to set off fireworks. But before you do, experts have a warning for Utahns. Restrictions: Check here if fireworks are banned or restricted in your area Although fireworks are for sale right now, residents cannot set them off until July 1 to July 7. After July 4, fireworks are allowed again for Pioneer Day from July 21 to July 27. On July 4 […]

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    Salt Lake officials asking your help keeping seniors cool by donating fans

    SALT LAKE CITY – During these sweltering summer days, many stay inside to try to stay cool. But for some Utah residents, it’s just as hot indoors. These triple-digit temperature are especially hard on seniors and now Salt Lake County leaders are asking your help to keep the elderly cool. Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services is collecting new fans for seniors who don’t have air conditioning. As officials make their daily rounds delivering meals to about 1,300 elderly residents, they […]

  • Pro basketball player with Utah ties who is legally deaf hosts camp for youth with hearing loss

    SALT LAKE CITY — Professional basketball player Lance Allred hosted a second annual basketball clinic for kids with hearing loss in Salt Lake City recently. Allred spoke to FOX 13 News about what he’s doing to reconnect with his Utah roots. “There’s sometimes a disconnect, and I know people are afraid to communicate with each other–those who speak sign and those who don’t–and so I’m definitely trying to bridge the gap and get the people to come together,” he said. […]

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    How to help your hot dogs and keep your cats cool this summer

    SALT LAKE CITY – Temperatures are expected to hit triple digits which can be dangerous for humans but also serious for our four-legged friends. If you’re hot, there’s no doubt your pet is as well. The Humane Society of Utah said it receives dozens of calls about the soaring temperatures and is reminding owners to take precautions for pets. If you’re going to be spending some time outdoors, make sure your pets have collars with tags displaying your contact information. […]

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    New ‘HAWK Walk’ helping make Hogle Zoo safer for families, drivers

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Hogle Zoo is working to make things safer for visitors and their families. If you have ever had to park across the street, you have experienced how dangerous it can be crossing Sunnyside Ave. to get to the zoo with just a cross walk and no stop sign. The zoo is now installing a new “HAWK Walk” to help make the area safer for families and drivers. Officials said the roadway is highly traveled by cars […]

  • Researchers working to determine why ozone is increasing around Great Salt Lake

    SALT LAKE CITY – It’s no secret Utah has ozone issues, especially in the summer, because of our state’s unique geography. Health officials say ozone causes respiratory problems and children and the elderly are the most at risk. In recent years, ozone levels around the Great Salt Lake have increased and researchers are now working to figure out why. Experts from Weber State University are working with the Department of Environmental Quality and other Utah universities to put out sensors to detect […]

  • Man killed not wearing seat belt when driver falls asleep on way from Wendover

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah – The Utah Highway Patrol is stressing the importance of seat belts after an accident that killed one person on I-80 Wednesday morning.   Troopers said friends and family were driving back to Salt Lake City from Wendover when the tired driver fell asleep and veered off the road on I-80 westbound at the Tooele County and Salt Lake County line just before 7 a.m. The passenger in his 30s who died was lying down in the backseat, […]

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    ‘Slide the City’ approved for Salt Lake, must meet health guidelines

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A giant water slide will return to the streets of Salt Lake City this summer. The Salt Lake County Board of Health approved the “Slide the City” event again but with several conditions this year. It was a close vote, 7 to 5, to give the slide a green light. Health officials said they have several concerns including people getting hurt. They cited injuries from similar recent events across the country. In Pittsburgh another rider […]

  • ‘Slide the City’ approved; Event back in Salt Lake City this summer

    Health board votes to approve #SlideTheCity event 7 to 5. #gdu — Tamara Vaifanua (@TamaraVaifanua) June 16, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY – Remember that jumbo slide that stretched across three blocks in downtown Salt Lake City last summer? Event organizers want to bring it back, but the Salt Lake County Health Department has concerns about the health and safety of those who participate. The health department board hasn’t signed off on the event and they are meeting with organizers Tuesday to […]

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    One teen killed, others injured in Utah County rollover accident

    LEHI, Utah – A rollover crash in Lehi killed one teenager and injured others late Thursday night. Authorities were called to the crash, near 2600 N and 300 E, shortly after 11 p.m. Officials said the vehicle involved had been traveling at least 50 mph, but the speed limit along the narrow, winding road is 20 mph. A passerby witnessed the crash and approached the scene to find four of the six teenage occupants in an SUV had been thrown […]

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    Police search for suspects accused of spraying Salt Lake home with bullets

    SALT LAKE CITY – Officials are investigating after a woman said someone fired multiple shots into her home overnight. Police said the shooting at about 3 a.m. could be gang-related on 900 N. near Redwood Rd., not far from Escalante Elementary. A window on the home’s ground floor is riddled with bullet holes and officers said they found 20 to 30 shell casings on the road. The woman who lives in the home said the shots woke her and she called […]


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