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
  • Utah businesses selling out of solar eclipse glasses

    SALT LAKE CITY – If you’ve been able to snag a pair of solar eclipse glasses, consider yourself lucky. Utahns are having a tough time tracking them down. Anticipation is building for Monday’s total solar eclipse, but finding the special specs to view the rare event has been a nightmare for many, especially for those who bought defective ones from Amazon. “We’ve been looking for more than a week, and we’ve called every optician and optical office we could. There’s […]

  • Utahns running out of options to buy approved solar eclipse glasses

    SALT LAKE CITY – With less than a week away from the much anticipated total solar eclipse, some folks are scrambling to find the right protective eye wear after buying defective ones from Amazon. 1600 pairs of solar eclipse glasses distributed from the John A. Moran Eye Center are being recalled by Amazon. Amazon says the knock offs don’t comply with industry standards. Doctors warn people who try to view the rare event without proper glasses to think twice. “Anytime […]

  • Utah Board of Education votes to make three subjects optional for 7th and 8th-graders

    SALT LAKE CITY  — The idea is to give parents more control over what their child studies in middle school, but some say easing course requirements could put students at a disadvantage. On Friday, the Utah State Board of Education approved a new policy that makes health, physical education and art classes optional. In a 9-6 vote,  board members moved forward on revisions to several middle school course requirements. That means school districts and charter schools can now establish their […]

  • Granite School District picks up tab for students who qualify for reduced meals

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — With the “back to school” season just around the corner, many parents are feeling a strain on their budgets. But Granite School District is shouldering some of the burden to ensure students don’t go hungry. For this school year, students who qualify for reduced meals will receive them for free. “We had the financial ability to do that within the balance and so we want to take care of our students, give them an opportunity to learn,” […]

  • Record July heat contributes to rising ozone levels in northern Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – July’s weather was one for the record books, but it spells bad news for ozone levels. “This has been one of the worst summers for ozone that we’ve seen here in the valley,” said Jared Mendenhall, public information officer with the Department of Environmental Quality. In July, air monitors picked up skyrocketing ozone levels in Northern Utah. “Thirteen or 14 times we exceeded what the EPA has considered a safe level for ozone,” Mendenhall said. Ozone […]

  • Former Saratoga Springs officer defends himself on Facebook over allegations of sexual activity with teen boy

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah – A former officer with the Saratoga Springs Police Department is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a minor. A man called police when he came home early from work and found a stranger jumping from the balcony of his home. According to police, the stranger ran to his car, sped off and the father followed until high speeds became too dangerous. The father spoke to his 16-year-old son and learned the teen met the man […]

  • Big changes in store for Downtown SLC; planners launch ‘Cultural Core’ campaign

    SALT LAKE CITY – Big changes are coming to downtown Salt Lake City. Planners are focused on revitalizing the art and entertainment district – what they consider the “Cultural Core.” They believe the city has a lot of unused space that can be activated in creative ways. From theatrical productions, a night at the symphony and festivals celebrating various cultures, downtown Salt Lake City has a lot to offer. But planners believe they’re just scratching the surface. “One of the […]

  • 3rd Congressional candidate fights traffic ticket; apologizes for courtroom behavior

    SALT LAKE CITY – Audio recordings from inside the Salt Lake City Justice Court reveal Chris Herrod’s frustration with a judge and Utah Highway patrol trooper over a speeding ticket. The hearing took place in April after the former Utah lawmaker was pulled over for speeding on I-15 near I-80 on the morning of February 9, 2017. Chris Herrod, a candidate vying for Utah’s Third Congressional District, was frustrated with a judge during an April hearing over a speeding ticket. […]

  • Forest Service managers hauling tons of garbage out of Utah campgrounds and parks

    SALT LAKE CITY — People are leaving tons of garbage at Utah campgrounds, state and national parks. Public managers are fed up and posted photos on Facebook to drive the point home. It’s the perfect time to get out of the city and venture into the outdoors. But the U.S. Forest Service and Division of Wildlife Resources are seeing the ugly side of people’s recreational activity. Trash and litter is piling up. Photos posted on Facebook show people are leaving […]

  • Man killed in Pioneer Park shooting, suspect on the run

    SALT LAKE CITY – A man is dead after a shooting in downtown Salt Lake City Wednesday morning. Police responded to Pioneer Park near 400 W. 300 S. at about 1:30 a.m. to find a man dead on the sidewalk. Police identified the victim as Shawn J. Manymules, 26. Investigators are interviewing those who heard the gunshots and are trying to gather security camera footage, police said. “UDOT has some cameras, some record and some don’t, so they’re working on that […]

  • Deaths on Utah roads down over Pioneer day weekend compared to last year

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – The Utah Department of Transportation reported three deaths on Utah roads over the Pioneer Day holiday weekend. A motorcycle crash in Midvale claimed one life and a head-on crash in Duchesne claimed two others. That’s compared to nine deaths during the Pioneer Day holiday weekend last year. John Gleason, UDOT spokesman said while the trend is going in the right direction, one death is always one too many. “It’s hard to really celebrate any good news […]

  • Utahns celebrate pioneer heritage at annual Pioneer Day parade

    SALT LAKE CITY — 170 years ago, pioneers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley. On Monday, Utahns honored their pioneer heritage at the annual Days of ’47 parade. Thousands packed downtown Salt Lake City. Many staked out the perfect spot 24 hours earlier in order to get a front row seat to the parade. “We come down every year and get a spot. Sit out all day long,” said Michelle, a Salt Lake City resident. Over the years, families […]