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
  • Mapleton Police stepping up patrols along popular trail due to vehicles, target shooters

    MAPLETON –The Mapleton Parkway Trail is getting a lot of foot traffic, and police are worried about safety because of people who shoot targets or drive vehicles nearby. “It’s been a mild winter, so a lot of people have been out. Now that the weather is getting warmer, we’re getting more people on bikes, walking,” said Sgt. Tony Kropf with the Mapleton Police Department. The downside is people are also driving cars and ATVs on the trail, which is prohibited. […]

  • UTA K9 units sniff out bombs, keep public safe

    SALT LAKE CITY – The bombings in Texas have agencies across the country and in Utah on alert. The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is ramping up security with their canine team. UTA introduced the media to Bobby and Daisy – their two K9 officers. “Bobby was originally in the marines,” said Sgt. Chad Ziegenhorn with UTA police. “They’re only trained to handle explosives. Their sense of smell is vastly superior to ours. A dog’s nose is able to separate different […]

  • Riverton woman speaks after saving man, pulling him from burning car

    RIVERTON, Utah – A group of strangers rescued a man from a burning car Monday morning around 12:30 a.m., near 126th South and 1300 West in Riverton. Stephanie Dickey just finished her shift at Riverton Hospital when she saw a fire on the side of the road – a car had crashed into a tree. “As I got closer, there was a woman there on the phone and she was waving,” Dickey said. The woman was trying to rescue a man […]

  • Utah lawmakers plan town hall meetings at high schools across state after student walkout demonstrations

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – Utah students who participated in a national school walkout this week have inspired some Utah lawmakers to act. You could call it a listening tour. Some Utah lawmakers plan to hold town halls at schools across the state. They want to hear directly from students on issues such as gun violence, and teen suicide. Brighton High was one of a dozen Utah schools who led a peaceful walkout Wednesday, March 14. They wanted to honor the […]

  • Summit County approves resolution to take legal action against opioid manufacturers

    SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah – Summit County is moving forward with plans to sue big pharma drug companies for their role in the opioid crisis. Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson got unanimous approval from the county council to take legal action on their behalf against opioid manufacturers. “The opioid crisis is a public health crisis,” Olson said. “It has been created by the misinformation put out there by manufacturers and distributors, and small communities are left having to deal with the […]

  • Utah mother-daughter duo file paperwork to run for political offices

    DAVIS COUNTY – Across the country there’s been a surge of female candidates running for political office. In Utah, a mother and daughter are throwing their hats into the ring. Cheryl and Dawn Nunn feel like women’s voices are not being heard on Capitol Hill, so the mother and daughter are running for office to represent Davis County. Cheryl filed paperwork to run for Utah’s 16th legislative district – which covers east Layton, Clearfield and Hill Air Force Base. “It`s […]

  • Utah teachers face dilemma over national school walkout

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah schools are preparing for students to take part in the National School Walk out on Wednesday. They’re also addressing how they’ll handle teachers who choose to participate. It’s a dilemma facing many Utah teachers: do they keep their political views to themselves? Or let their students know where they stand? At Mary Jackson Elementary in Salt Lake City, students are attending an assembly Wednesday morning. The national walkout honors the 17 people who died in […]

  • LDS Church holds public open house for Jordan River temple beginning this Saturday

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – After a two-year hiatus, the Jordan River Temple is re-opening after undergoing major renovations. Since its dedication in 1981, the Jordan River Temple in South Jordan is considered overdue for a fresh makeover. “I think it’s fair to say that the Jordan River Temple today is even better than it was when it was new,” said Elder Larry Wilson, Executive Director of the Temple Department. Nearly 70 percent of the 150,000 square foot temple has been […]

  • Utah schools make plans to handle student walkouts

    SANDY, Utah – Utah school districts are preparing for planned student walkouts scheduled for March 14. This week, Canyons School District sent parents a letter informing them that students who decide to walk out on that day to mark the one-month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida will not be punished. Leaders are also allowing students to participate in the April 20 demonstration to mark the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting in Colorado. “Let’s create that space […]

  • Erda student eyeing national free-throw shooting title

    ERDA – A fourth-grader from Overlake Elementary in Tooele is racking up trophies for his free-throw shooting and has a shot to make it in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Dallin Jensen just returned from Las Vegas where he was crowned the regional champ in the Elks Hoop Shoot. We caught up with him at his backyard basketball court in Erda. “I try to shoot 100 a day,” Dallin said. “I like shooting and I like getting better at it.” […]

  • Bingham High Minerettes claim National Championship title in Orlando

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – The Bingham High Minerettes are national champions for the sixth time in the school’s history. The drill team competed against 88 other teams from across the country at the Contest of Champions National Competition on Saturday, March 3, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando. From morning til night, they perform routines from character, hip hop and military. “In Florida, when it was really hard to compete a dance […]

  • Better Business Bureau names Top Scams of 2017

    SALT LAKE CITY – The rankings are in for the top scams of 2017. As part of Fraud Prevention Month, the Better Business Bureau of Utah released its list of the top scams. In at number one: online purchases, which includes fake websites, and free trial offers. The most common online purchase scams were related to pets. “You never get the product and they put you off so you’re past that time where your credit card won’t dispute the charge,” […]