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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
  • Documentary featuring local Polynesian athletes premieres at Sundance Friday

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Polynesian community is big on football, and there’s no doubt they turn out impressive talent to the NFL. For many players, the journey to the NFL is their way out of poverty and drugs, and that’s the focus of a documentary with local ties being featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The documentary “In Football We Trust” follows four young Polynesian high school football players in Utah, who are all focused on one goal: […]

  • Orem New Years Day robbery suspect

    Man arrested after allegedly robbing Orem woman at gunpoint

    OREM, Utah – Authorities have arrested a man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in a Utah credit union. Police said 35-year-old Michael David Taylor allegedly robbed a 29-year-old woman at a Utah Community Credit Union ATM in Orem on New Year’s Day. According to police, Taylor pointed a gun through the woman’s car window and demanded money. Officials said the suspect took her money, phone and car keys and ran. Police found Taylor at a friend’s house near […]

  • New open data website sheds light on state government in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to be more transparent, the state government recently unveiled a new online catalog. Users can now visit opendata.Utah.Gov to view data provided by every agency in the state, and the website is the product of a bill passed by the Utah Legislature last year. Users can view everything to crimes that were committed in an area to the location of traffic accidents at any intersection. Users can also compare the grade’s Utah schools […]

  • EVE Winter Fest celebrating New Year with record-breaking event, national acts

    SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City’s EVE Winter Festival is kicking off its sixth year downtown Monday. This year’s theme is “Warm Your Winter” and organizers said they hope Salt Lake gets more warm weather for the three-day event. However, it doesn’t look like that will happen. They have planned plenty of activities to keep you warm while you ring in the New Year. The fun runs from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31. An all-access pass will allow you to […]

  • Experts urge people to plan before giving pets as presents

    SALT LAKE CITY — Families adding a pet to their household this holiday season should remember it’s a commitment that extends well beyond Christmas morning. In many households this holiday season, a dog or cat is on the kids’ wish lists. That’s why the Humane Society of the United States reminds families that a new pet is a significant addition. “A dog or a cat or a puppy or a kitten is a big commitment,” Alan Heymann of HSUS said. […]

  • Task force votes not to recommend Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah legislature’s Health Reform task force voted not to recommend Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan Thursday. Instead, it suggested some of its own solutions on how to cover the approximately 50,000 Utahns who are uninsured and fall in the Medicare coverage gap. Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan pays the premium for employer-provided insurance or for private insurance on the state exchange. Some Republican leaders voiced concerns about long-term costs and worry the federal government may not […]

  • Sego Lily spa fire

    Dryer to blame for fire at Midvale spa, closed to clean up

    MIDVALE, Utah – A Midvale spa is cleaning up after a fire overnight. Fire crews were called to the Sego Lily spa at 7475 S. Union Park Ave. at about 4:30 a.m. Officials said neighbors reported hearing alarms going off. When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the back of the building and found flames coming from the laundry room. Firefighters said the sprinklers helped keep the fire in the laundry room. Fire investigators traced the source of the fire to the […]

  • Utah report cards are out; Check how your child’s school scored here

    The Utah Office of Education released the grades for 2014 and state education leaders are speaking up. Every year officials hear much criticism about the school grading system. This year is no different, especially with the released of two report cards. Some are saying the system may not be in the best interests of the students. GRADES: Check how your child’s school scored here  Elementary/Middle School Grades: A – 13% B- 45% C- 31% D- 8% F-2% High School Grades: […]

  • Man in critical condition after car collides with semi in West Jordan

    WEST JORDAN, Utah – One man is in critical condition after his car collided with a semi truck in West Jordan Wednesday. Just before 8 a.m., authorities were called to the scene on U-111 near 8300 South. Officers said a 32-year-old man in a green sedan was driving south on U-111 and a northbound semi made a left turn colliding with the car. The man in the car was flown to the hospital; the semi driver was not hurt. Authorities […]

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    Utah clean air advocates asking lawmakers to hit brakes on increased speed limits

    SALT LAKE CITY – Drivers are hitting the roads faster thanks to increased speed limits and now some clear air advocates are slamming on the brakes. The advocates say increasing freeway speeds is a step in the wrong direction. Some are concerned the higher speeds could have a negative impact on air quality. The group, Utah Mom’s for Clean Air, has tried to roadblock increasing the speeds for the last year. Group members said this could mean more fatal accidents and worsening air […]

  • pet food story

    Vets discuss potential pet food pitfalls

    SALT LAKE CITY — Projections for this year show Americans are on track to spend $60 billion on their pets, and pet food is among those costs. With hundreds of options to choose from, it can be tough to determine which pet food is best for your pet. Dr. Sarah Abood, a doctor of veterinary medicine and a Ph.D., said people may not be as informed as they could be when it comes to pet food. “Most pet owners don’t […]

  • Magna house fire smoke 1

    Fire claims Magna home; residents safe, pets unknown

    MAGNA, Utah – Crews are investigating what sparked a large house fire in Magna Friday morning. Residents got out but their pets are unaccounted for at this time. Officials said the home appears to be a total loss. Unified Fire evacuated homes near 3000 S. and 9050 W. as a precaution at about 7 a.m. Authorities have not confirmed what sparked the fire but said they believe it started in the kitchen. Check back with Fox 13 for the latest […]


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