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 stylist takes his skills to the Oscar’s Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD – A local hair and makeup stylist from Utah took his skills to the red carpet at the 2017 Academy Awards. Jordan high school graduate Tim Muir was part of the glam squad for actor and writer Taylor Sheridan and his wife. Best known for Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, Sicario and Sons of Anarchy, Sheridan was nominated for 4 Oscars, including best screenplay and best picture. “It was amazing. His wife is a model I’ve worked with for […]

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    Homeless shelter in Ogden in danger of closing due to issues with state funding

    OGDEN, Utah — The Lantern House, a homeless shelter in Ogden, is in danger of closing its doors after money allocated by the legislature to operate it did not come through. The Lantern House, 269 West and 33rd Street, opened in 2015 to provide services to the homeless community in Ogden. The facility was funded through House Bill 436 last year, but Senator Gregg Buxton, R-Weber County, thinks the money was never awarded because of some distribution rules. “Money for […]

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    Utah family raising awareness of oral cancer after trip to dentist detects disease

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A trip to the dentist was the difference between life and death for a Utah man who was diagnosed with oral cancer. In December, David Aaron had a bad toothache so he went to Dr. Danny Le at BKP Dental in West Valley City. “He went in and ended up getting a root canal, “said Melissa Aaron, David’s wife. Dr. Le said he spotted an anomaly. “I did an oral cancer screening for him, and I […]

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    Religious groups in Utah criticize plan to raise food sales tax

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Coalition of Religious Communities voiced their opposition to raising the food sales tax in Utah. Some lawmakers are considering increasing it by more than two times, and with 1 in 8 Utah families struggling to afford food, the religious groups say this tax is bad policy. CORC gathered on the steps of the capitol Thursday morning. They took aim at a lawmaker’s proposal to raise the food sales tax from 1.75% to 4.3% – a […]

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    Passing of Tonga’s Queen Mother felt among Utah’s Tongan community

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Tongan community in Utah is mourning the passing of their Queen Mother, Halaevalu Mata’aho. She passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday in a New Zealand hospital. Mata’aho celebrated her 90th birthday last June, a joyous occasion honoring a beloved mother of the Royal Family. She was the mother of two kings; George Tupou V and King Tupou VI. She was well-known for her tireless work helping the elderly and those with disabilities. […]

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    Democrats and Salt Lake City business owners react to Outdoor Retailer show leaving

    SALT LAKE CITY – Democrats and Salt Lake City business owners are blasting Governor Gary Herbert and Republican lawmakers after the Outdoor Retailer show opted not to include Utah in the list of possible sites for future shows. Their argument was without the OR show bringing in people, Utah businesses would be affected. Toaster’s Deli is a popular stop for people attending the OR show twice a year, but, with the show on its way out, owner, Enes Huskic worries […]

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    Park City Hispanic community on edge after ICE arrests

    SUMMIT COUNTY – With the arrests of four people in Park City by ICE agents Friday, it has caused some fear and confusion among the Hispanic community. “It’s kind of traumatizing,” said Rebeca Gonzalez, program director for Bright Futures at Park City High School. Gonzalez says students were scared their parents would be picked up by ICE agents and deported. “The student was almost in tears saying ‘my mom is afraid to go home.’ There’s a police officer on the […]

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    Utah Domestic Violence Coalition advocates for two proposed bills

    SALT LAKE CITY — Survivors of domestic violence are sharing their stories and hoping Utah lawmakers will pass two bills to advocate for victims. Sarah Larsen, a domestic abuse survivor, said it’s an issue that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. “I feel like there’s such a stigma, there’s so much shame that’s attached to it, it’s hidden and at times out here in Utah too it sometimes gets shoved under the rug a little bit,” she said. “People […]

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    President Trump softens stance, suggests he may not deport so-called Dreamers

    SALT LAKE CITY – During President Trump’s campaign, he promised to do away with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. But at a news conference on Thursday, he hinted that he may have a change of heart when it comes to Dreamers. Dreamers are those who are shielded from deportation after being brought into the U.S. illegally as children. “DACA is a very, very difficult subject for me,” President Trump said. “To me it’s one of the most difficult […]

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    Utahn among 10 members resigning from President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    SALT LAKE CITY – Ten members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have resigned in the last month, including one from Utah. In 2015, President Obama nominated Jacob Fitisemanu to serve on his advisory commission. He was the voice for the 100,000 Asian Americans and 45,000 Pacific Islanders who call Utah home. But with President Trump in office, the role of Fitisemanu and the other 19 members have been in limbo. The group says they […]

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    Unannounced active shooter drill in Herriman angers some parents

    HERRIMAN – An unannounced active shooter drill at Herriman High School and Copper Mountain Middle School Wednesday morning caused some panic and confusion. It happened around 8:45 a.m. Students at Herriman High were in the middle of first period when they got an announcement on the intercom that the school was on lockdown and it was not a drill. Max Smith has been through drills before, but today’s event felt like the real thing. “Our teacher locked the door and […]

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    Students arrange flowers and bake treats for Valentine’s Day

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – Students with and without disabilities of Granite School District prep, cook and work in the Jones Center Gift Shop year-round. Alison Milne,  principal of Granite Transition Services, said students work with products they learn how to make and provide out of the Jones Center Gift Shop. This time, Milne said,  students focused on Valentine’s Day. “Most of our students do have disabilities. They’re coming there and trying to learn about different vocational to see if they […]