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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    New study shows breast milk could boost preemie’s brain power

    SALT LAKE CITY– There’s been plenty of debate about the benefits of breastfeeding, but a new study suggest breast milk can boost brain growth in preemies. Babies born before their due date face a myriad of health problems because their brains are not fully developed. A new study links breast milk to significant early brain growth in these premature children. Researchers found preemies who consumed at least 50 percent breast milk during their first month of life had more brain […]

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    New hormone test could offer hope for women struggling with fertility

    SALT LAKE CITY – They’re ready to start families, but for thousands of Utah women, fertility problems keep their dreams from becoming reality. Now, a new hormone test could provide answers those women are looking for. “I always wanted to be a mom. I was looking forward to having kids,” said Camille Hawkins, of Sugar House. Soon after Hawkins got married, she struggled to get pregnant. “That was the beginning of our five-year infertility journey,” she said. Hawkins’ doctor recommended […]

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    Fire watchers predict average fire season in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Fire managers are encouraged by the wet spring conditions the state has been experiencing so far. The key is to hold on to that weather pattern for the next couple of weeks to keep fire danger low. June 1 is the official start of Utah’s wildfire season, but Mother Nature calls the shots. That’s what fire watchers at the Great Basin Coordination Center in Salt Lake is tracking.  They coordinate wildland firefighters’ resources in Utah, Nevada, and […]

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    Fire games at UVU pits graduating firefighters against team of alumni

    OREM, Utah — Firefighters graduating from Utah Valley University were put to the test this week in a face-off with alumni from previous classes. The fire games were a grueling, physical task that challenged the entire team. The new firefighters put 16 weeks’ worth of training to the test while the alumni brought experience to the table. “We give them a run for their money, we give them a run” said Paul Mair of the West Valley City Department. “It’s […]

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    “Undiagnosed Day” highlighted in Utah for the first time

    SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert declared April 29 Undiagnosed Day. For dozens of Utah families, it’s a constant struggle when doctors can’t pinpoint the cause of a medical condition and how to treat it. Gina Szajnuk is the proud mother of 8-year-old Ava, 6-year-old Oskar, and 4-year-old Lucy. They’re usually all smiles, but on most days they’re in a lot of pain. “It’s living in the unknown every day,” she said. “We have temperature intolerance, food digestion, everything […]

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    Wingpointe Golf Course slated to reopen

    SALT LAKE CITY — Many golfers were upset when Wingpointe Golf Course closed its doors last year, but now a deal between Salt Lake City and Salt Lake International Airport could have them teeing off in the near future. Nearly a million dollars in the hole, golf courses in Salt Lake City, including Wingpointe, couldn’t stay afloat and were shut down in 2015. At that time, city leaders wanted to transfer Wingpointe over to Salt Lake International Airport. They felt […]

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    New data shows grim statistics on prescription opioid overdose in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Numbers released Wednesday by the Utah Department of Health show a disturbing trend: six people die each week from prescription opioid overdose. There were 300 deadly overdoses linked to prescription opioids in 2014. Angela Stander with the Utah Department of Health has studied the numbers and says people need to do a better job disposing of their unused medications. New data shows of the nearly 60% of Utahns who use prescribed opioids and had extras, only 27% got […]

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    Clinical trials of cannabis used to treat epilepsy shows promising results

    SALT LAKE CITY – Could a pharmaceutical grade cannabis help treat young women with severe epilepsy? That’s what researchers at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital have been looking into the past two years. “Most of the patients we treat have already been on trials of over 5 usually more than 10 seizure medications or other treatments. Those have been unsuccessful,” said Dr. Francis Filloux, who is overseeing the clinical trials. Young patients have been taking Epidiolex, a liquid […]

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    Warning for parents: Laundry detergent pods posing danger to children

    The single-use laundry pods are convenient but they could be a serious hazard to young children. That’s according to a study published Monday in the journal “Pediatrics.” According to the National Poison Center, an average of one child per day across the U.S. went to the hospital because of the pods in 2012 and 2013. The findings show the Poison Control Centers took more than 17,000 calls during those two years. Researchers said the colorful pods look like candy or […]

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    Utah fans mourn the passing of Prince

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah fans are feeling a deep loss with the passing of music legend Prince. Many are finding comfort on social media, while others are re-visiting his classic catalog of hits. DJ’s from B 98.7 are mourning with the listeners Thursday. “People are just astounded, aren’t believing it,” said Valerie Cameron, a Morning Show Host. “We have people that are posting on our Facebook and Twitter, ‘Will you play this song, will you play that song?'” Cameron […]

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    Debate over proposed Bears Ears National Monument heats up on Capitol Hill

    SALT LAKE CITY – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will visit Utah this summer, and the announcement has some wondering if it’s a signal President Obama will create a new national monument in the Beehive State. That would be good news to a group that gathered at the state capitol Wednesday, but Republican lawmakers think it would poison the process of managing Utah’s lands. It was a packed room at the state capitol at a meeting with the Commission for the […]

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    Forgotten central Utah massacre of Paiute Indians remembered 150 years later

    CIRCEVILLE, Utah — It’s a painful chapter in Utah’s history not found in textbooks, but now there’s a monument honoring the Paiute Indians killed in the Circleville Massacre. On Tuesday, crews lowered a granite monument in the central Utah town of Circleville where 15 to 20 Paiute Indians were slaughtered by members of the Utah militia in 1866. Some historians say it’s a time in Utah history that has been swept under the rug. “The idea is if you ignore […]


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