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
  • Fugitive Cory Lee Henderson

    Utah Dept. of Corrections on failures that led to release of fugitive who killed officer, injured another

    SALT LAKE CITY – Authorities are releasing new information about errors that led to the parole of a man who ended up killing one Unified Police Officer and shooting another. The Utah Department of Corrections said, “communication errors and  failure to process a federal detainer in a timely manner” led to “incomplete information” being shared with the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole when it determined whether or not to grant Cory Lee Henderson parole. Henderson was released and on Jan. […]

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    Family of woman killed in accident at Utah bakery seeks answers

    SANDY – The family of the woman who died while working at a bakery inside a Ream’s grocery store in Sandy is grieving her loss. While they have yet to hear from Ream’s, they’re hoping that with two investigations underway they’ll get answers soon. Maria Silva holds fond memories of her big sister, Jackie Lindhart. Jackie was her protector and, when she became a mother, Jackie devoted her life to her only son, Pablo. “Her son was her everything to […]

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    Orem Police arms citizens with active shooter training

    OREM – It’s not a matter of if, but when. The thought of finding yourself in an active shooting situation isn’t pleasant, but law enforcement says it’s a reality you should prepare for. That’s why the Orem Police Department is arming everyday people with skills on how to survive if and when a shooter strikes. A training video used by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a gunman can strike anywhere, whether it’s a mall, at work or at […]

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    New owners look to revamp struggling Gateway Mall

    SALT LAKE CITY – After years of financial struggle, the Gateway Mall has a new owner. A Phoenix based company, Vestar, says in the next 60 days, people will start to see some noticeable changes including a dress code for shoppers. Kiersten Ramirez makes a regular stop to the Gateway Mall with her 2-year-old son, Samuel. “He loves the water fountain so in the summer time we come and play in the water and in the winter we still like to […]

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    Tips for talking to your teenager about sexual abuse

    SALT LAKE CITY – Talking to your child about sexual abuse can be an uncomfortable conversation for parents, but experts say it’s an important one. Parents in Summit County are currently facing that dilemma with the arrest of a former teacher. Derek Spitzer, a former music teacher at Ecker Hill Middle School in Park city, was recently accused of paying a 13 year-old student to take part in a fake study. Prosecutors say he sent the boy 500 sexually explicit […]

  • Cow dump truck

    Video appears to show live cow scooped up in dump truck after semi accident

    WARNING: Video below could be disturbing to some viewers. WEBER COUNTY, Utah – A video taken after the crash of a semi hauling cattle on Monday is making the rounds on the Internet. It shows a live cow being disposed of, and some are calling it animal cruelty while officials say they had a duty to protect the public. A woman posted the alarming video on Facebook on Monday. A live cow is seen moving around inside a front end loader. […]

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    Oregon standoff: Ammon Bundy asks colleagues to go home

      By Sara Sidner, Dana Ford and Jason Hanna CNN MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Oregon (CNN) — Protest leader Ammon Bundy has asked, through his attorney, that the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon go home. Bundy was arrested Tuesday night during a traffic stop. Another protester was shot and killed during the same stop. “We need to step back. Somebody died yesterday,” attorney Mike Arnold said Wednesday. “Mr. Bundy wants everybody to remember that somebody […]

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    Experts recommend depression screening for pregnant women, new moms

    SALT LAKE CITY– All adults should be screened for depression. That’s one of the recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. This updates the 2009 recommendation that called for screening only if mental health services were in place. For the first time, the panel of experts are including pregnant women and new moms in this group. Jodi Nichol enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old son Will. But when he was born something didn’t feel right. “I had no interest […]

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    Holladay community pays final respects to Officer Barney as funeral procession rolls by

    HOLLADAY, Utah – The community of Holladay where Officer Doug Barney spent most of his time turned out to pay their final respects. Hundreds of students from Olympus High and Crestview Elementary Schools lined the procession route along 4000 South and 2300 East. They wanted to perform one final act for the man who served and protected their neighborhoods for years. High school students were excused from school at 1 p.m. so they could stand with faculty and parents along the […]

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    Utah Midwives demand changes to ‘restrictive’ licensing rules

    SALT LAKE CITY – A decade long ‘turf war’ between hospitals and birth centers is heating up on Capitol Hill. Owners of birthing centers say they want to provide a safe service to their clients, but the rules are too restrictive and need to be changed. Some pregnant women choose to deliver in a birthing center, where midwives attend to the birth in a more home-like setting. “Each year the demand for midwifery care increases exponentially,” said Eve German, a […]

  • A crash/suicide at the Calvin Rampton Complex in Salt Lake City 1.20.16. Image courtesy FOX 13 News Viewer.

    Investigators identify man who crashed RV into Calvin Rampton Building, shot self in head

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Utah Highway Patrol has identified the man who crashed an RV into the Calvin Rampton Building Wednesday as 53-year-old Gary Chandler. Following the crash, Chandler took his own life. “Self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, and he died last night in the hospital,” said Daniel Fuhr, a Utah Highway Patrol Superintendent. FOX 13 News does not generally report on incidents of suicide unless there is a broader impact to the public, as in the case of a crash […]

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    Pregnant women who’ve traveled to Latin America, Caribbean urged to get tested for Zika virus

    SALT LAKE CITY – If you’re pregnant, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging you to avoid traveling to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as a mosquito-born virus called Zika is putting expectant women at risk. These are the affected areas: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico. Doctors say 80 percent of people who get Zika virus never show signs, as the symptoms are […]


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