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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
  • Jordan School District proposes building 7 new schools to accommodate growth

    WEST JORDAN, Utah – The Jordan School District is planning to build more schools to accommodate the growing number of students. But who is going to pick up the tab? Susan Pulsipher is the board president for Jordan School District, one of the state’s largest districts. Nearly 53,000 students are enrolled in the district this year. That’s 1,000 more than last year. “It’s always a challenge when you have a lot of growth in your area because it means you […]

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    LDS church to go forward with Boy Scouts of America program

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just announced it has decided to continue to be a chartering organization of the Boy Scouts of America. The LDS church said in a statement, “at this time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will go forward as a chartering organization of BSA, and as in the past, will appoint Scout leaders and volunteers who uphold and exemplify Church doctrine, values, and standards.” In July, The LDS […]

  • GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush visits Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Jeb Bush made a campaign stop in Salt Lake City Tuesday for a campaign rally. The rally was hosted by Zions Bank CEO Scott Anderson and Utah real estate mogul Steven Price. Bush was only in town for a few hours, but drew in a crowd of some of the state’s most popular members of the GOP party. While Jeb Bush is feeling the heat in other parts of the country over his use of the […]

  • Police looking for suspect in Taylorsville burglary, car theft

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A Taylorsville woman was terrified Monday morning when she came face to face with a burglar inside her home. The incident happened near 4700 South and 1500 West. Gina Beck said she tried to fight him off, but he grabbed her car keys and took off with her car. Beck said she left her apartment around 7:45 a.m. to drop off her 5 year-old son at school. When she got back 20 minutes later, she noticed her […]

  • Reward offered in case after rare albino iguanas stolen in Tooele

    TOOELE, Utah – Two rare iguanas were stolen from their cages at Rockstar Pets on 215 North Main Street in Tooele, and police say it happened between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Jen Walters is the manager of Rockstar and describes what she saw when she got to work that morning. “One of the locks was on the floor, and the other one was just hanging,” she said. The female iguana has the albino gene, and the male iguana is a […]

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    Parents frustrated after Alianza Academy opens for the school year, closes two days later

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A charter school on the verge of closing made it official the day after the first day of the new school year. Parents dropped off their kids Wednesday at Alianza Academy in West Valley City for the first day of school, and later that evening they received an email saying Alianza Academy would shut its doors–leaving parents little time to enroll their children in another school. Thursday morning parents like Lynette Keemer showed up at […]

  • U.S. Department of Education investigating SLC School District after allegations of discrimination

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The U.S. Department of Education is launching an investigation into the Salt Lake City School District. Michael Clara, is a member of the Salt Lake City School Board, and he said he brought up concerns about discrimination and unfair treatment of minority students to the board, but it fell on deaf ears. “I was just aghast at one point that the leadership of the city or Mayor’s office was not interested in dealing with this […]

  • State Democratic leaders blast legislature for shutting them out of Medicaid expansion talks

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah democrats are accusing Republican lawmakers of putting economic development above the lives of 53,000 Utahns who do not have access to Medicaid coverage. On Tuesday, the Democratic Party held a press conference at the State Capitol to address their concerns. They urged the legislature to act now. This comes on the heels of a special legislative session scheduled for Wednesday where lawmakers will vote on the proposed prison relocation site. Democratic leaders aren’t the only […]

  • 300 USU students look for temporary housing after complex not completed as expected

    LOGAN, Utah – Starting college is stressful enough, but hundreds of Utah State University students are in a bind after they were told the brand new apartment they’re suppose to move into isn’t finished yet. Shelbie Shields is one of 300 students who received an email from managers of The Factory last Thursday. The Utah State University freshman is disappointed she won’t be starting off the school year in the off-campus, luxury housing complex–which is outfitted with a bowling alley […]

  • Bruce Fields park in Kearns gets a makeover

    KEARNS, Utah – A place where families would gather to watch baseball fell to the wayside in Kearns, bringing crime to the area. Now 20 years later, Bruce Fields–located at 4290 West 4865 South–has a new look. Leslie Dejong, the President of the Kearns Pony Baseball League, coached baseball at Bruce Fields in the ’90s. Since then, he said players stopped coming and the park lost its luster. “It’s kind of a bittersweet thing because when the kids quit coming […]

  • Arsenic detected in Animas River after toxic spill, EPA confirms

    DURANGO, Colo. – Toxicologists are calling the environmental disaster of the Animas River a “real mess.” The Environmental Protection Agency confirms 3 million gallons of toxic waste water that spilled into the river contained arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. On Tuesday morning, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper got an up close look at the Animas River at a fish hatchery in Durango. Wildlife leaders showed him cages set up in the river so he could see how the pollution is […]

  • Time for parents to brush up on back to school safety with their students

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Thousands of students will be heading back to school next week. While parents are busy getting their kids ready for the first day of classes, law enforcement has some tips to keep their children safe. Before kids step foot into the classroom, parents should arm them with information that will keep them safe this school year. Det. Scott Lloyd with Unified Police Department oversees the Taylorsville area schools. He is ramping up security for the back to […]


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