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
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    Kittens rescued before 3-alarm fire claims shed in Provo

    PROVO – A handful of kittens escaped a shed fire Thursday morning thanks to the quick actions of Provo firefighters. Fire crews were called to a three-alarm fire near 600 South and 100 West just after 8 a.m. When they arrived on scene, they had a tough time getting their trucks to the shed because of the narrow road leading to it. A dozen firefighters worked quickly to keep the flames from spreading to a nearby barn housing flammable materials. […]

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    Home Security scams expected to skyrocket in Utah this summer, BBB says

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – You buy a home security system to keep you and your loved ones safe. But the people selling you these products may not have your best interest in mind. The Better Business Bureau of Utah is warning consumers to keep their guard up when confronted with aggressive sales people. “You can ask for the license and they should also ask for ID. ID that says what company they’re with,” said Jane Driggs with Better Business Bureau of […]

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    VOA Youth Resource Center opens new, bigger facility in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY – There is a new resource available to homeless youth in Utah. Volunteers of America opened their new Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City at 888 S. 400 West. Their old facility on State Street was 5,000 square feet while the new building now sits at 20,000 square feet. The modern, spacious building will provide overnight shelter for homeless teens ages 15-22 years old – an option that wasn’t available until now. “What we can really do […]

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    Safe Haven Law aimed to protect unwanted babies celebrates 15 year anniversary

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – 15 years ago, the state legislature passed the Safe Haven Law. They wanted to prevent new parents from abandoning their babies in unsafe places like garbage cans. On Monday, lawmakers, health leaders and child advocates gathered at the capitol to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the legislation. Ammon Steinicke took a field trip to the State Capitol with mom and dad today. He doesn’t know it, but they’re celebrating a law that allowed him to become […]

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    Salt Lake City mosquito abatement crews ramping up efforts to detect Zika Virus

    SALT LAKE CITY – As the Zika Virus evolves quickly around the world, is it a big threat to Salt Lake City? According to the Utah Department of Health, four cases of Zika Virus have surfaced in Utah. Each patient contracted the mosquito-borne illness outside of the country. “Most of the people we are testing are asymptomatic, said Dallin Peterson, an Epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health. Pregnant women are most at-risk because the virus causes birth defects to […]

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    City of Layton makes improvements to crosswalk where teen died

    LAYTON, Utah – The city of Layton teamed up with a local business to make safety improvements at a crosswalk where two teens were hit by a distracted driver. Just steps away from a business called Object Systems International sits a crosswalk on 199 North Fort Lane. It was the scene of a horrible accident in January. Police say Leroy Clark was distracted as he drove through the crosswalk. Clark hit two teens, killing one of them: 17-year-old BaiLee DiBernardo. […]

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    Draper mom seeks answers after 4-year-old son left alone on school bus

    DRAPER – A Draper mother is upset after she said her 4-year-old son was left alone on a school bus, and now the driver in question is on paid administrative leave. Kathrine Parnell’s son Zach takes the bus home from Willow Springs Elementary twice a week, but now she no longer thinks he is safe. Zach plays with big sister Zoe in their front yard. It’s a welcome sight for mom, who was in a panic Tuesday. “Zachary normally gets […]

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    Fremont High School coaches use AED to revive collapsed student

    PLAIN CITY, Utah – Several coaches at Fremont High school are being called heroes. They teamed up to help revive a football player when a medical problem sent him to the ground. Monday morning, Riley Linford was jogging with other students inside the gym during football conditioning when he passes out. “One of the coaches called 911 right away,” said Rob Belnap, principal of Fremont High School. Dispatcher: Is he conscious? Is he breathing?  Caller: No. Dispatcher: Do you know […]

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    Family of missing UTA worker pleads for public’s help

    SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a missing UTA worker, Kay Ricks, says they have received no credible evidence linking his disappearance to the kidnapping suspects in Centerville. Until a solid lead pans out, they’re pleading for the public’s help. Ricks was last seen Thursday near the Ballpark UTA station during his work shift. Someone found his cellphone on a TRAX platform and turned it into police. Since then, the family hasn’t seen or heard from the 63-year-old. Family […]

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    Suspects throw nails at Orem PD during car chase, surrender after running out of gas

    OREM, Utah – Orem Police say two suspects used an interesting tactic to slow them down during a car chase: a box of nails. Last week, three men stole a blue Hyundai Sonata from a man at gunpoint. Sunday morning, the owner of the vehicle called police after she spotted two men in it near 400 West University Parkway. Orem Police were nearby and tried to pull the car over. They say the suspects threw a box of nails out […]

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    SWAT arrests man in Orem who allegedly used Taser to assault friends, family

    OREM, Utah — SWAT personnel responded to an Orem residence after a man allegedly assaulted several friends and family members, and the suspect was arrested Sunday evening. Public safety officials confirmed SWAT was responding to a residence in the area of 700 East and 1600 South in Orem. Things began when 28-year-old Victor Garcia allegedly assaulted several friends and family members with a Taser. He then ran to a friend’s home and barricaded himself inside. “Dispatch could hear screaming and […]

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    Kearns teen battles rare, incurable disease to return to softball diamond

    KEARNS, Utah – A Utah family spent more than a year and a half at Primary Children’s Hospital facing terrible uncertainty after their daughter was diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease. The Valdez family said their world was turned upside down by the diagnosis, but now their daughter is back on the softball field after the hardest year of her life. “I thought I was going to give up, honestly, like, I never thought I’d be out here, back […]


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