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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    Former WVC mayor gears up for House District 30 election

    SALT LAKE CITY – He walked away from politics a few years ago after serving as mayor of West Valley City. Now, Mike Winder says he’s ready to jump back into the fray. Winder took a time out from politics in 2013 after serving one term as mayor of West Valley City and a failed attempt to win the Republican nomination for Salt Lake County Mayor. Now, he’s ready to come back. This time, he’d like to represent West Valley […]

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    Gov. Herbert weighs in on new Medicaid expansion proposal

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    Local facility trains K9s for police departments and other agencies

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    Excitement building among the LDS faithful over possible announcement of three new apostles

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    Utah State University students claim censorship over anti-abortion chalk art on campus

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    Golfer Tony Finau tees up a foundation to give back to community

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    Pocahontas float at high school homecoming parade sparks outrage from Native American students

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    Laura Ling shares story of North Korean captivity at YWCA awards ceremony in Salt Lake

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    Former Governor Olene Walker awarded YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award

    SALT LAKE CITY – She led the state for just 14 months, but made a huge impact on public service. Today, Former governor Olene Walker was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the YWCA. Hundreds packed a ballroom at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake this morning to honor a woman who is no stranger to the spotlight. The YWCA presented Olene Walker with a lifetime achievement award. She served as the state’s first female Governor in 2003. […]

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    Ogden woman gives birth to baby boy while on a Caribbean cruise

    MIAMI, Florida – Born at sea. That’s what doctors wrote on the birth certificate of little Haiden Morgan. His parents are from Ogden and were vacationing aboard a cruise ship when he unexpectedly made his debut. Emily Morgan was due in December and got clearance from her doctor to take a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean at the end of August. Two days into her family getaway, she began having contractions. Hours later, her baby boy was born, 15 weeks early […]


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