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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    Holiday weekend draws in crowds at stores and online

    SALT LAKE CITY – ‘Tis the season to shop. Whether at the mall or online, local consumers are looking for convenience and savings. The numbers are out and it appears American consumers are changing how they shop on Black Friday.  151 million people shopped either in stores or online, but more shoppers chose the online route over brick and mortar stores during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Foundation. More than 103 million shopped online over the four-day weekend […]

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    Draper police nab suspect who stole mail from hundreds of people in Salt Lake County

    DRAPER, Utah – For the past week and a half, Draper Police have stepped up surveillance in neighborhoods, looking for the person who has been grabbing mail out of mailboxes and taking off. Tuesday, a tip paid off, and they arrested 35-year-old Kevin Humphreys. “He was actually at a Check City while we were actively looking for him to cash a forged check,” said Sgt. Chad Carpenter with the Draper Police Department. Police searched Humphreys’ home and vehicle, and they […]

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    Police step up patrols to track down thieves stealing mail

    DRAPER, Utah – Draper Police are ramping up patrols in some neighborhoods after seeing a spike in the number of mail thefts within city limits and parts of Utah County they patrol. Thieves are hitting up mailboxes in Draper neighborhoods early in the morning between 4-7 a.m. What’s even more alarming for neighbors is thieves have targeted the same areas three times in the past week. “I feel like is anything safe outside at this point,” said Heather Pulley, a […]

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    Gov. Herbert and Utah’s congressional leaders consider limiting intake of Syrian refugees

    SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert received a letter from the White House laying out the screening process for Syrian refugees before they’re admitted to U.S. While governors technically don’t have the ability to stop refugees from coming into their states, Herbert is the only Republican who has not refused Syrian refugees. However, he is considering a federal plan that would limit the intake of Syrian refugees, a move that would put him in line with Utah’s congressional delegation. […]

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    Utah firefighters who posed for steamy calendar raising funds to fight cancer

    SALT LAKE CITY — The 2016 Utah firefighter calendar has finally arrived, and all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. A launch party for the calendar was held earlier this week, and Utah firefighters strutted their stuff throughout the night to celebrate the calendar’s success. Between pictures and autographs, they were kept pretty busy, all to benefit the more than 11,000 Utahns diagnosed with cancer every year. “It’s a little overwhelming, but I’m hoping this will actually […]

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    Health leaders warn people about risk of wood burning in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY —  People are using wood burning stoves to stay warm this winter. While it may be a necessity for some, health leaders want you to be aware of the health and environmental risks wood smoke creates. A toasty fire is inviting on a cold winter day, but health leaders are warning people that wood smoke is bad for your health. “These are typically small particles, soot and dust, that get emitted into the air, and when you […]

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    Ogden business owner forgives thieves via social media, generates positive vibes

    OGDEN, Utah – People deal with adversity in different ways. For an Ogden business owner, he took to social media to address thieves who targeted his restaurant and it paid off. Ben Fonua and his wife opened their restaurant, Leila’s Luau, a year ago in Ogden. Every night, they lock up the generator attached to their food truck parked outside the restaurant. Tuesday morning when they got to work, they realized it was missing. “I was sad, I was angry, […]

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    Highland couple asks city to allow them to bury husband in back yard when he dies

    HIGHLAND, Utah – Should you have the right to bury your loved one on property you own, like your back yard? That’s a dilemma facing the Highland City Council. Steven and Susan Ledkins sent a letter to leaders October 9th. They write that Steven’s health isn’t good. He’s going to discontinue dialysis treatments, but, before he does, he asks if the city would grant approval for them to dedicate a certain piece of their property as a private family cemetery. […]

  • Joshua Harding, left, returns to his seat with his attorney Mike Brown during his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at the Fourth District Court in Provo. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

    Man gets up to 5 years in prison for abuse, death of Provo infant

    PROVO, Utah – Sentencing for a Utah County man convicted for his role in the death of his girlfriend’s baby took a surprising twist. A judge ignored a sentencing recommendation and gave Joshua Harding the maximum. Harding sat in silence at the Fourth District Courtroom in Provo as his attorney and family members begged the judge to place him on probation for the death of 3-month-old Paxton Stokes. “The injuries that were sustained on this child was not caused by […]

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    Bus turned greenhouse part of effort to help those in Salt Lake City eat more healthy foods

    SALT LAKE CITY — It used to take children to school, but now it’s a garden on wheels, and the bus will soon be delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to the west side of Salt Lake City. “I like to describe it as an ice cream truck with veggies,” said Shawn Peterson, executive director at Green Urban Lunchbox. “So we’ll travel around to five different stops in the Glendale and Poplar Grove neighborhoods, in partnership with Salt Lake City, to […]

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    Utah re-evaluates policy allowing Syrian refugees into the Beehive State

    SALT LAKE CITY – In the wake of terror attacks in Paris, some U.S. governors are saying they will not allow Syrian refugees into their state. Utah isn’t changing course, but is re-evaluating security protocols. This comes as the state welcomed new U.S. citizens Monday morning. Inside the state Capitol rotunda, 116 people representing 43 countries pledged allegiance to their new country, the United States of America. “The life there in Iraq, there’s no life. Here you see freedom,” said […]

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    Art Gallery Stroll celebrates work of young artist dying due to cancer

    SALT LAKE CITY — Baylee Parks is a young woman who is dying of cancer. She has come to terms with that, but recently she celebrated her art and the time she has left during her first gallery show. Baylee’s art was on display at IIlume Gallery of Fine Art in downtown Salt Lake City during the Baylee Parks Art Gallery Stroll this week. Jane Bell Meyer, the gallery owner, spoke about Baylee’s artistic endeavors. “She was young and she […]


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