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
  • New recommended change in postpartum checkups

    LEHI, Utah – Doctors want postpartum care for women to happen a lot sooner the than the usual six-week check-up. Because the health of new moms is at risk during the weeks after giving birth, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists has recommended new sweeping guidelines. Instead of waiting six weeks for a postpartum check-up, women should see their doctors three weeks after giving birth. They say a “fourth trimester” of care should be an ongoing process, rather than […]

  • Charges filed, new details released in 1979 cold case homicide in Holladay

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office released new details Friday about the 1979 murder of a Holladay man. According to Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera, deputies found the body of Jack Richardson in the doorway of his home on January 5 that year. One week after Richardson’s death, detectives interviewed two men, Luis Deltaho and Ivan Vasquez, who each told investigators they had been at Deltaho’s apartment […]

  • LDS church leaders meet with NAACP, call for ‘greater civility and racial harmony’

    SALT LAKE CITY – Greater civility and racial harmony. That’s what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the NAACP are calling for in a joint statement Thursday. “Today, in unity with such capable and impressive leaders as the national officials of the NAACP, we are impressed to call on people of this nation and, indeed, the entire world to demonstrate greater civility, racial and ethnic harmony and mutual respect,” LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson said, who […]

  • UTA under investigation for violating public meetings laws

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office confirmed to FOX 13 it has been investigating accusations the Utah Transit Authority violated public meetings laws. In a  letter provided to FOX 13, assistant Utah Attorney General Bryan Nalder wrote that UTA appears to have conducted some business behind closed doors, taking action on items not discussed in an open meeting, and having vague agenda items. “The [Civil Review Committee] is concerned that there has been a pattern in several […]

  • More Utah women choosing home births, Utah health report reveals

    SALT LAKE CITY – More women are choosing to give birth outside of a hospital, according to a new report from the Utah Department of Health. The report shows from 2000 to 2015, planned home births increased by 46 percent and births at birth centers increased by nearly 340 percent in Utah. According to the Utah Women and Newborns Quality Collaborative, more than 3 percent of Utah births are planned to happen at home or a birth center rather than […]

  • Utah teen who nearly died in dirt bike accident grateful for second chance at life

    LAYTON, Utah – A Layton teen who nearly died Easter Sunday in a dirt bike accident at the Little Sahara Sand Dunes is grateful for a second chance at life. Just six weeks ago, Cole Cheney’s family was preparing to make funeral arrangements, but today, he is a walking miracle. “All I remember from that day is getting ready and going out,” said Cheney. Cheney was with a cousin and friend when he went off a jump on his dirt […]

  • UTA has a warning to stay alert around Trax platforms after close call captured by surveillance camera.

    SALT LAKE CITY –The Utah Transit Authority is warning people to be alert around Trax trains and platforms. UTA backed up its warning with a tweet showing a very close call a woman had with a train while on her phone. Despite that scary incident, the woman stays on her phone and almost walks right into a platform sign. Fox 13 showed the video to riders downtown, and they weren’t surprised. “You see it more when there are big events […]

  • Salt Lake City officers undergo training to better address those with mental health issues

    SALT LAKE CITY – Part of a police officer’s job is to deal with people who have mental health issues – that’s why they undergo crisis intervention training.

  • Utah scouting community optimistic about future after losing partnership with LDS Church

    SALT LAKE CITY – Local scout leaders believe the scouting program can survive in Utah despite The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints parting ways with the Boy Scouts of America organization. “We’ve had a great partnership with the church for 105 years and losing that membership is sad for us,” said Mark Griffin, scout executive for the Great Salt Lake Council. It’s one of three councils in Utah with a significant number of LDS youth. When the LDS […]

  • Fruit Heights fire possibly caused by ‘drug acitivity’

    FRUIT HEIGHTS, Utah — Firefighters responded to a house fire in Fruit Heights Tuesday morning. The fire started around 7:10 a.m near 600 South Mountain Road.   “I noticed smoke coming from under the eaves here on the south side of the house,” said Janet Moyes, who lives next door. She says Mr. Green, a Fruit Heights city employee, stopped by to help. That’s when investigators say things got strange. “He went to make an alert to the occupants of […]

  • SLC breaks ground on new homeless resource center for women

    SALT LAKE CITY – The first homeless resource center in Salt Lake City is one step closer to becoming a reality. Organizers broke ground on the Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center on Monday, located at 131 East 700 South. “It has been a long road and certainly not always an easy one,” said Jackie Biskupski, Salt Lake City Mayor. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams thanked the efforts of many officials and hundreds of individuals. “We are taking a […]

  • Herriman looks for solutions as sixth youth suicide reported

    HERRIMAN – The community of Herriman is dealing with a crisis. A high school student took his own life – the sixth youth suicide reported since last summer. State and local health leaders say they’re looking into several other youth suicides in that southwest corner of Salt Lake County. Crisis counselors were on hand Thursday to comfort Herriman High students who are grieving the loss of a fellow classmate who died by suicide. The tight-knit community is hurting too. “We`ve […]