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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
  • Task force votes not to recommend Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah legislature’s Health Reform task force voted not to recommend Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan Thursday. Instead, it suggested some of its own solutions on how to cover the approximately 50,000 Utahns who are uninsured and fall in the Medicare coverage gap. Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan pays the premium for employer-provided insurance or for private insurance on the state exchange. Some Republican leaders voiced concerns about long-term costs and worry the federal government may not […]

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    Dryer to blame for fire at Midvale spa, closed to clean up

    MIDVALE, Utah – A Midvale spa is cleaning up after a fire overnight. Fire crews were called to the Sego Lily spa at 7475 S. Union Park Ave. at about 4:30 a.m. Officials said neighbors reported hearing alarms going off. When crews arrived, they saw smoke coming from the back of the building and found flames coming from the laundry room. Firefighters said the sprinklers helped keep the fire in the laundry room. Fire investigators traced the source of the fire to the […]

  • Utah report cards are out; Check how your child’s school scored here

    The Utah Office of Education released the grades for 2014 and state education leaders are speaking up. Every year officials hear much criticism about the school grading system. This year is no different, especially with the released of two report cards. Some are saying the system may not be in the best interests of the students. GRADES: Check how your child’s school scored here  Elementary/Middle School Grades: A – 13% B- 45% C- 31% D- 8% F-2% High School Grades: […]

  • EVE Winter Fest bringing national acts, working to break record with new feature

    SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City’s EVE Winter Festival will be kicking off its sixth year downtown. Officials announced the headlining performers and ticket details Thursday. This year’s theme is “Warm Your Winter” and organizers said they hope Salt Lake gets more warm weather for the three-day event. But if it is chilly, they have planned plenty of activities to keep you warm while you ring in the New Year. The fun runs from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31. An […]

  • Man in critical condition after car collides with semi in West Jordan

    WEST JORDAN, Utah – One man is in critical condition after his car collided with a semi truck in West Jordan Wednesday. Just before 8 a.m., authorities were called to the scene on U-111 near 8300 South. Officers said a 32-year-old man in a green sedan was driving south on U-111 and a northbound semi made a left turn colliding with the car. The man in the car was flown to the hospital; the semi driver was not hurt. Authorities […]

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    Utah clean air advocates asking lawmakers to hit brakes on increased speed limits

    SALT LAKE CITY – Drivers are hitting the roads faster thanks to increased speed limits and now some clear air advocates are slamming on the brakes. The advocates say increasing freeway speeds is a step in the wrong direction. Some are concerned the higher speeds could have a negative impact on air quality. The group, Utah Mom’s for Clean Air, has tried to roadblock increasing the speeds for the last year. Group members said this could mean more fatal accidents and worsening air […]

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    Vets discuss potential pet food pitfalls

    SALT LAKE CITY — Projections for this year show Americans are on track to spend $60 billion on their pets, and pet food is among those costs. With hundreds of options to choose from, it can be tough to determine which pet food is best for your pet. Dr. Sarah Abood, a doctor of veterinary medicine and a Ph.D., said people may not be as informed as they could be when it comes to pet food. “Most pet owners don’t […]

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    Fire claims Magna home; residents safe, pets unknown

    MAGNA, Utah – Crews are investigating what sparked a large house fire in Magna Friday morning. Residents got out but their pets are unaccounted for at this time. Officials said the home appears to be a total loss. Unified Fire evacuated homes near 3000 S. and 9050 W. as a precaution at about 7 a.m. Authorities have not confirmed what sparked the fire but said they believe it started in the kitchen. Check back with Fox 13 for the latest […]

  • Simulator helps UDOT snowplow drivers prepare for winter weather

    SALT LAKE CITY — With a storm expected to roll in this week, snowplow drivers with the Utah Department of Transportation are sharpening their skills indoors by using a state of the art simulator similar to video games. Newly hired Lowell Frashure is one of the drivers taking advantage of the digital training. “I’ve never plowed snow before, but I’ve always wanted to,” he said. The simulator is akin to a video game, but the scenarios play out the way […]

  • Keeping kids safe: See how your child’s daycare scores on inspections here

    SALT LAKE CITY — Placing a child in day care is a reality for many working parents but finding quality care isn’t always easy. Parents must do their homework and visit the facility to ensure their child is in a safe environment. But how can parents really know if their child’s day care is up to par? One layer of protection parents should look for when choosing a provider, is finding one who is licensed by the state of Utah. […]

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    Drill gives teens graphic reality check on dangers of texting & driving

    Editor’s Note: Video shows a drill, not an actual car accident.  ROY, Utah – Students at Roy High School got a reality check when some of their peers got involved in a drill that vividly demonstrates the dangers of texting and driving. Roy students packed the football stadium to watch their classmates demonstrate how serious the real-life situation could actually be. It started with a 911 call from a teen reporting she was in a car accident; a mini van and […]

  • Chamber of commerce touts economic benefits of airport improvements

    SALT LAKE CITY — Analysts say a good indication of the strength of our local economy is the ability to invest in our future, and that’s what the redevelopment of Salt Lake City International Airport represents. The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce released a report Thursday on the long-term economic impact of improvements coming to the airport. In order to accommodate four million more travelers more efficiently and safely, they’re updating the building, which is more than 50 years old. […]


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