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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
  • Cyclists to race 712 miles in 7 days for Tour of Utah

    UTAH — Cyclists from all over the world are gearing up for one of the biggest international races, which is held right in our own backyard. The Tour of Utah begins Monday, and this year the annual event is steering a new course. “We have a tremendous route for tour of Utah: it’s 712 miles long,” said Frank Zang, who is the spokesman for Tour of Utah. Tour of Utah is covering new ground for 2015, and the week-long race […]

  • U of U researchers warn against overusing antibiotics

    SALT LAKE CITY — Antibiotics revolutionized medicine in the 20th Century, practically eradicating diseases such as tuberculosis in the developed world. However, that led to overuse that is causing many diseases to be resistant to the drugs. Dr. Barbara Jones, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, spoke about the issue. “Using antibiotics for things that really, it’s not necessary for, so colds, upper respiratory tract infections–these are usually viral […]

  • Gov. Herbert celebrates 10-year anniversary of Native American summit

    OREM, Utah – Gov. Gary Herbert gathered with eight Utah tribal leaders Thursday at Utah Valley University to celebrate a partnership they brokered 10 years ago to create a Native American summit. “I think our Native American summit has fostered better dialogue and better understanding, which is going to give us better outcomes in the future,” Herbert said. The Navajo Nation hosted this year’s gathering. Their theme centered around the Navajo word, Hozho, which means living life in balance and harmony. […]

  • Qualifying families can sign up for free or reduced lunches at Utah schools

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Families who need financial help to feed their students during the school year can now apply for free or reduced price meals. Students on summer break didn’t have to go without lunch, thanks to free meals provided by a state education program. Abigail Woodward, an elementary student from Ogden, appreciated their generosity. “It’s nice just to see a friendly face every day giving you delicious lunch,” Woodward said. With school ramping back up, many families […]

  • Lehi Thanksgiving Point golf course LDS plans

    LDS church puts plans to demolish Thanksgiving Point driving range on hold

    LEHI, Utah – Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say it is putting its plans on hold to demolish a Thanksgiving Point driving range and put two large office buildings in its place. The LDS church was to present its plans with VCBO Architecture at a Lehi City planning meeting July 30 however, the church has withdrawn its request for the hearing. Last week, developers met with residents face-to-face for the first time. Residents voiced their […]

  • Former AG Swallow pleads not guilty

    Former Attorney General Swallow pleads ‘not guilty’ on corruption charges

    SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow pleaded not guilty to the more than a dozen corruption charges against him Monday. The 52-year-old appeared in a Third District courtroom Monday morning for an arraignment hearing. Before walking in, he uttered these three words to the cameras, “I feel great.” Once inside the courtroom, Swallow did not speak during the brief hearing at Matheson Courthouse. His attorney, Steve McCaughey, acted on his behalf, and entered a “not guilty […]

  • Study shows parents’ inability to provide diapers to children can lead to mental health problems

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – When new parents bring home their bundle of joy, the last thing they should worry about is providing the basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing and diapers. A 2013 study published in the Pediatrics Journal shows that almost 30 percent of women say they didn’t have enough diapers to change children as often as they’d like–leading them to feel depressed and anxious. Gina Cornia is the Executive Director of Utahns Against Hunger and works with […]

  • Herriman dentist hailed hero after rescuing man from Black Ridge Reservoir

    HERRIMAN, Utah – A Herriman dentist is being called a hero after he rescued a man at Black Ridge Reservoir Sunday evening. Dr. David Roth was taking a walk with his family when he saw a man swimming in the deeper part of the reservoir, screaming for help. Roth said his intuition kicked in when he encountered three men trying to swim across the reservoir. “They got to the middle of the reservoir and I could tell they started to […]

  • Child psychologist offers parents tips on how to talk to kids about stranger danger

    SALT LAKE CITY – West Valley City Police continues their investigation into the murder of 12-year-old Kailey Vijil. Police say a 15-year-old boy living in her neighborhood enticed the girl out of her home and killed her in a nearby pasture. Since the tragic accident, neighbors in Kailey’s tightknit community are looking for answers of their own, wondering how to handle the sensitive topic with their own children. Dr. Douglas Goldsmith is a child psychologist for The Children’s Center in […]

  • Utahns cheering on two local contestants on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’

    OREM, Utah — Two Utahns are featured on this year’s run of the hit FOX show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Alexia Meyer of Orem and Hailee Payne of Roy are both in the Top 20, and FOX 13 News’ Tamara Vaifanua has more on how some of their fans are showing them some love as they compete on the national stage. Both ladies are an inspiration to young dancers in Utah, and some of Alexia Meyer’s fans got together […]

  • UHP urges rider education, says many motorcycle fatalities are avoidable crashes

    SALT LAKE CITY – So far this year there have been 24 motorcycle fatalities on Utah roadways, and the Utah Highway Patrol says many of them could have been avoided. UHP Troopers said a lot of the riders we see here in Utah are riding to experience the scenery. “I mean, it’s just epic how fast it changes and the scenery and the emptiness is awesome,” motorcycle rider Dave Palazzolo said of riding in Utah. And while some of Utah’s […]

  • Report shows caregivers in Utah shoulder emotional, financial burden

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Taking care of an aging parent can be a balancing act, especially if you work full-time and are raising a family. The AARP of Utah says there are 336,000 Utahns who care for an elderly or disabled parent and provide work that isn’t easy and isn’t cheap. According to the AARP, since 2013, caregivers provided 313 million hours of unpaid family care which comes up to $4.1 billion in economic value. Laura Polacheck, Communications Director […]


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