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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    Mother found dead in Tooele home, son arrested in homicide case

    TOOELE, Utah – A man is in the Tooele County Jail accused of murdering his mother inside her home. It happened near 600 North and 270 East. Tooele Police got the 911 call around 6:30 Friday morning. “It was actually a family member that called in asking for a welfare check on Marcella,” said Tanya Turnbow, a Tooele Police Public Information Officer. Marcella Aragon, 66, lived at the home. When officers arrived on scene, they found her son, 44-year-old Jesus Aragon, […]

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    Utah Pride Center ramps up resources to address growing suicide rate among LGBTQ youth

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah ranks 8th in the nation for youth suicide rates, according to Utah’s Department of Health, and it’s a problem the Utah Pride Center is trying to combat. Feelings of isolation can take a toll on some members of the LGBTQ community, but the Utah Pride Center is offering them a safe place where they can work through suicidal thoughts. There are some troubling statistics from the Utah Department of Health: From 2007-2014, youth suicide rates […]

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    State auditor’s report on Utah Local Governments Trust reveals ‘culture of excess’

    SALT LAKE CITY – It’s your tax dollars on the line, and a state auditor is blasting a government entity for wasting the money. You may have never heard of the Utah Local Governments Trust, but you pay for it. State Auditor John Dougall spotted several red flags during a 14-month long investigation into the practices at the Utah Local Governments Trust. “We noted what we call a culture of excess,” Dougall said. The government entity acts like an insurance […]

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    Former employee stole $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, state audit shows

    SALT LAKE CITY – A former financial analyst at Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind is accused of stealing $67,093 from the school, according to a report released by the Office of the Utah State Auditor. A few months ago, employees from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind told their superintendent, Joel Coleman, that money was missing from their donation account. That’s when the Utah State Auditor stepped in to investigate. “Turns out we’ve identified for at least […]

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    Utahns help make history with ‘World’s largest indexing event’

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utahns are trying to help set a record that would make millions of historical records available to the public. It’s called the “World’s Largest Indexing Event.” Family Search helps people from all over the world reconnect with their family history. All of that work is made possible by their army of volunteers. The genealogy website is trying to make history. They’re calling on 72,000 volunteers all over the world to help them index important public documents […]

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    Pokemon Go players reap health benefits

    MURRAY – Pokemon Go is designed to entertain players, but doctors say there’s an unintended health benefit. Players are exercising more than they usually do, and that’s a good thing. Rafael Lopez and Gustavos Gonzalez were at Murray Park on the hunt for virtual Pokemon characters. “Here’s the little Pokemon stops here, you just click on one of them if you’re near it,” said Rafael Lopez, a Pokemon Go player. The friends spent hours walking to different locations, using the […]

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    Utah Attorney General handles growing number of human trafficking, child exploitation cases

    SALT LAKE CITY — Human trafficking in Utah is growing. At a press conference held at the Utah State Capitol Wednesday, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes laid out recent arrests and cases he and his law enforcement partners are trying to prosecute. “Anybody who would say that human trafficking and child exploitation doesn’t exist in our community is perpetuating a very irresponsible myth amongst the community,” Reyes said. In April and May of 2016, The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force took part in […]

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    SLC a finalist to host 2022 Gay Games

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah could soon play host to another major sporting event, with a bit more targeted demographic. Salt Lake City is a finalist to host the 2022 Gay Games, which hosts thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes from all over the world. Similar to the Olympics, the Federation of Gay Games said the event is held every four years in cities around the world. The 2018 Gay Games will take place in Paris. Tourism leaders from […]

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    State officials unveil high-tech makeover of driver’s licenses, ID cards

    SALT LAKE CITY – It’s been more than a decade since Utah updated the look of its driver’s license. Today, they unveiled the new design aimed at protecting you from identity theft and fraud. “We recognize that a driver’s license is really the most widely accepted identification document in our society,” said Chris Caras, the Driver License Division Director. Caras has seen firsthand how counterfeiters target your driver’s license and try to alter them to steal your identity and commit […]

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    Experts say skin cancer rates on the rise as swimsuit fashions shrink

    SALT LAKE CITY – If you’re heading to the pool or a lake to beat the heat, you might want to think twice about your swimsuit. Experts from the University of Utah say as swimsuits have gotten smaller, the number of melanoma cases has skyrocketed. “If you look back to the 1920s, you’ll see that even men were wearing these suits that would cover a lot of their legs and arms, and that was what was considered to be the attractive […]

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    Lifeguards rescue boy from pool during Steel Days event in American Fork

    AMERICAN FORK, Utah – It was a close call for a 3-year-old boy who was swimming at a public pool in American Fork. Two teenage lifeguards came to his rescue and talked to FOX 13 about how their training kicked in to save his life. It was hard to find an empty spot at the American Fork Swimming Pool Wednesday night. They were hosting a free swimming event as part of the town’s Steel Days, so hundreds of parents and […]

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    New study lists domestic violence among top causes of homelessness in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – Mental health and substance abuse are some of the causes we hear a lot about when it comes to homelessness, but a new study adds domestic violence as one of the top reasons. The Utah Foundation surveys voters to find out what priorities matter most to them. No. 9 on their list is homelessness and poverty, particularly some of the resources available to vulnerable populations. There are an estimated 13,460 Utahns who are homeless on any […]


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