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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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    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 […]

  • Utah students testing skills in space mission simulator at STEM Fest

    OREM, Utah – About 10,000 seventh and eighth graders are converging at a conference in Orem to test their tech skills. It’s all about learning what you can do with STEM skills, that’s science, technology, engineering and math. Several Utah companies are showing the children how these skills apply to real-world jobs. The STEM Fest runs from March 25 to March 27 at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University. Seventh and eighth grade classes will attend through Friday from 8 a.m. to […]

  • New UDOT study shows where most people are really going during rush hour

    SALT LAKE CITY – A new study from the Utah Department of Transportation shows most of those on the road with you during rush hour aren’t going to work. UDOT’s latest study focused on why people were out driving and how many people were in the car. According to the researchers, more than half of the people out during rush hour are running errands. Officials said many were dropping off their children at school and heading to the gym or […]

  • Job fair aims to bolster ranks of women fighting wildland fires

    SALT LAKE CITY — If you look at the number of people who fight wildfires in Utah, you might think it’s an all men’s club—but the U.S. Forest Service says women represent more than 10 percent of wildland firefighters, and they are taking steps to reach out to women interested in such a career. Megan Saylors has been a wildland firefighter for about 14 years, and Thursday she was trying to recruit other women to the front lines of fighting […]

  • Unseasonably warm weather influences avalanche conditions in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – Warm temperatures in the mountains of Utah are causing snow to melt, which means greater avalanche danger. Toby Weed works for the Utah Avalanche Center in Logan, and he has been shooting video in recent days of the natural, wet avalanches that have occurred due to the warm weather. “It’s a tremendous amount of snow that has just disappeared in mid-elevations,” Weed said. He said the warm weather is bad for snow stability. “What happens is […]

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    Utah’s best and brightest bring the brains at student technology conference

    KAYSVILLE, Utah – State leaders are pushing to get more students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Based on the number and caliber of students who have turned out for this local competition, strides are being made to recruit more young minds. All year, students from across the state prepare for the Utah Technology Association conference. The annual event kicked off at Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville Tuesday. Students are just setting up to prepare for the competitions in 50 […]

  • Crews close bridge to begin renovation on 1300 South viaduct

    SALT LAKE CITY – Engineers are starting construction on the viaduct on 1300 South. Officials said construction is expected to last about six months. City officials said the new structure will allow for smoother traffic flow over the railroad tracks between 500 and 700 West. The viaduct is a critical corridor for traffic between the east and west sides of Salt Lake City. Jay Ingleby, First Vice Chair for the Glendale Community Council, said residents have expressed concern over the bridge. […]

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    Joggers in serious condition after hit by truck in Clearfield

    CLEARFIELD, Utah – Two joggers are in serious condition after a truck hit them in an intersection Thursday morning. Police said two women, ages 61 and 26 were in the crosswalk when a left-turning truck hit them at 700 S. State St. just after 6 a.m. Authorities said the light was changing so the truck tried to get out of the intersection, didn’t see the joggers and hit them. Emergency crews were down the street at another accident when they […]

  • Utah Airman honored for actions in hours-long fire fight

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE – A local Utah Airman is being honored for his actions in an hours-long fire fight in Afghanistan last year. Staff Sergeant Kyle Bushey was on his first deployment last May in Afghanistan, when his training was put to the test to help save the lives of his team members. Sgt. Bushey is part of the 775th EOD Flight, his team was to clear out a cave where insurgents housed improvised explosive devices. During the 12-hour […]

  • Lawmaker introduces bill to clarify leases after Fair Park loses RSL deal

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Fair Park lost out on a deal to bring a minor league stadium to the park. Officials said it was over issues with the lease. Now a state lawmaker is introducing a bill that he said would help future lease agreements. Losing the Real Salt Lake deal was a big disappointment for the Utah State Fair Park. Leaders worked with the state to renew the park’s lease for another 40 years so RSL […]

  • Mitt Romney part of push to hold presidential primary rather than caucus in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah may hold a presidential primary in 2016. A House committee signed off on House Bill 329—a bill that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed for in hopes of turning out more voters in Utah. The Utah Republican Party plans to hold a caucus rather than a primary,  which is a move Romney criticized in a letter made public Wednesday. Romney said in part: “Every Utah voter deserves to have their vote counted in the selection […]


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