Tamara Vaifanua

Anchor / Reporter

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

  • Missing Sandy boy found safe

    Posted on: 5:04 am, April 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:35pm, April 16, 2014

    SANDY, Utah — A Sandy boy who disappeared Tuesday evening has been found safe. Sandy police began searching for 10-year-old...
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  • Police: Brothers conspired to sell products stolen from Best Buy

    Posted on: 12:12 pm, April 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:09pm, April 11, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Two brothers were booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail Thursday after they allegedly conspired...
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  • Utah drivers prepare: UDOT names top 10 construction projects for 2014

    Posted on: 3:32 pm, April 10, 2014, by and , updated on: 04:30pm, April 10, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is the season when orange traffic cones seem to sprout along Utah roadways, and officials...
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  • UDOT promotes Work Zone Safety Week

    Posted on: 12:43 pm, April 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:44pm, April 9, 2014

    New construction projects are underway across Utah. In an effort to improve safety on the roads, UDOT officials are reminding drivers to be...
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  • Crews work to fix potholes on Utah roads

    Posted on: 11:57 am, April 8, 2014, by and

    Now that it’s officially spring, UDOT crews are trying to deal with potholes that developed on Utah roads during the winter....
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  • Spring snowstorm slows commute

    Posted on: 11:27 am, March 27, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:29am, March 27, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some Utahns woke up to a spring morning full of snow Thursday. Snowy roads led to...
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  • New K-9 facility to be built in honor of Wride, Sherwood

    Posted on: 11:42 am, March 26, 2014, by and

    SPANISH FORK, Utah — Two Utah police officers are being honored Wednesday. A K-9 center is being built in honor...
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  • Tax filing tips from the IRS

    Posted on: 11:56 am, March 25, 2014, by and

    If you’re scrambling or feeling overwhelmed by the documents and information you need to submit for your tax return, the...
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  • Family saved by seat belts honored

    Posted on: 11:34 am, March 24, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:39am, March 24, 2014

    EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah — Family members who survived a dangerous crash earlier this year are being honored for wearing their...
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  • Local non-profits, businesses participate in Love UT, Give UT

    Posted on: 12:25 pm, March 20, 2014, by and

    SALT LAKE CITY —  Utahns across the state are participating in Love UT, Give UT, the annual state-wide day of...
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  • Program created to prevent gang activity in Salt Lake County

    Posted on: 12:42 pm, March 13, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:44pm, March 13, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is supporting a campaign that would hire a coordinator to...
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  • Utah Medicaid expansion debate continues

    Posted on: 11:47 am, March 10, 2014, by

    SALT LAKE CITY — As the last week of the legislative session begins, lawmakers are making decisions on expanding Medicaid...
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