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
  • Man caught on camera stealing milk off porches in Taylorsville

    TAYLORSVILLE – Someone is stealing milk off people’s porches in Taylorsville. It may sound silly, but Unified Police are taking the crime very seriously. TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Someone has been stealing milk and other produce overnight  from Taylorsville porches. Home surveillance video catches the culprit grabbing four fresh bottles of milk from a cooler on a porch near 6200 South 2700 West. “We’ve had a lot of thefts focused on Winder Dairy products over the last little while,” said Lt. […]

  • Judge closes case involving teen shot by police outside homeless shelter in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY – The case involving a teen who was shot and critically injured by police outside a homeless shelter has been closed. Judge Julie Lund released Abdi Mohamed from the juvenile justice court system and fined him $500. As part of the plea deal, the 19-year-old admitted to allegations of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession with intent to distribute. Both are third-degree felonies. He was originally charged with robbery and drug possession charges. Both […]

  • West Bountiful residents say their summer is spoiled as crews replace gas line

    WEST BOUNTIFUL – West Bountiful city leaders call it a “necessary nuisance”, but some people say their summer plans are spoiled. Questar crews are replacing a 90-year-old gas pipeline that runs through Davis County. They’ve been able to move construction away from homes, but in parts of West Bountiful, there’s no getting around it. For the past month, Questar has dug up Steve Harder’s backyard. They’re trying to minimize disruption to residents by boring a hole under the nearby city […]

  • Weber County investigators arrest 3 people in suspected trailer theft ring

    WEBER COUNTY – Authorities in Weber County arrested three people who they say were part of a trailer theft ring. Now, they’re trying to track down the stolen items that were sold online. Weber County investigators say the thieves knew who to target. For the past three months, they stole trailers from people’s driveways and then turned around and sold the stolen items to unsuspecting buyers. In the small community of Plain City, Weber County deputies say thieves set their […]

  • Keep an eye on seniors during this heat wave

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah — Extreme heat can have devastating effects on senior citizens, but there are resources available to keep them cool. This time of year, when temperatures become dangerously hot, Meals on Wheels provides more than just a hot meal. Five days a week, Paul Nixon drops off meals to seniors in Utah County. On Tuesday, he checked on a client in Saratoga Springs. “I try to keep a really good eye out on how they’re doing. Making sure […]

  • Heber family calls for justice after UTV driver accepts plea deal in hit-and-run

    HEBER CITY – The community of Heber City rallied around a teen who was injured in a head-on UTV crash and left in a ditch in Wasatch County in April. Cordell Johnson’s family walked out of the Fourth District Court in Heber City disappointed. The accused driver of the UTV, Zack Larsen, waived his preliminary hearing and took a plea deal. The family worries there’s a good chance he won’t have to spend any time in jail. Supporters turned up […]

  • West Jordan art supply thief caught on camera

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — Surveillance video captured a man breaking into a car in West Jordan and stealing art supplies that a sixth grade class was going to use for an end of the year project. Kelly Wood runs a non-profit group called Sippy Cups and Chardonnay. She links moms and their kids with opportunities to serve the community. Wood had a mom who needed art supplies for her 6th grade class at Elk Meadows Elementary in South Jordan. She […]

  • Utah firefighters see increase in human-caused fires over the weekend; 45 in past 3 days

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – State fire watchers are urging the public to be extra vigilant this year as 45 human caused wildfires have popped up in the past three days. Since Friday, firefighters have been on the front lines of wildfires all across the state – from Box Elder and Uintah County to Washington County. “We’ve had several fires that were several hundred acres each,” said Jason Curry, Utah Division of Forestry Fire & State Lands. While conditions and […]

  • Syracuse family creates football scholarships in memory of son who died in crosswalk

    SYRACUSE – A Syracuse family is hoping to turn tragedy into an opportunity to help others after their son was hit and killed by a car. Dakota Kilburn’s family has established a scholarship to help children participate in youth football. Terry Kilburn never imagined losing her grandson Dakota. “There isn’t a day I don’t cry,” she said. “Several times a day, I cry for him. I cry for my son. I cry for his siblings.” The Syracuse Junior High student […]

  • Off-duty SLC firefighter assists victims after finding himself amid deadly Sandy shooting

    SANDY, Utah – An off-duty firefighter happened to be driving through a Sandy neighborhood Tuesday when several shots were fired. Salt Lake City Fire Captain Tony Allred recounted the moments he sprang into action. He was driving his 8-year-old daughter to gymnastics when traffic got backed up on Alta Canyon Drive. “I saw a male come around an SUV and I heard another very loud shot, and the male was down, and that’s when I knew it was a shooting […]

  • New state program aims to highlight Utahns’ good, bad water conservation practices

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – State leaders are getting creative when it comes to water conservation. The Utah Division of Water Resources has rolled out a new program called, “Hall of Fame or Shame.” Driving around Salt Lake County Wednesday afternoon, Fox 13’s cameras captured water waste happening at several businesses, apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods. “In the past we would get multiple phone calls in the summer, and people would call in and say, ‘I’m really frustrated with water waste […]

  • Pit bull stolen from Holladay home; investigators believe puppy was targeted

    HOLLADAY, Utah — A Salt Lake County couple is pleading for the safe return of their beloved pit bull puppy who was stolen from their home near 5200 South and 1800 West on Wednesday, May 31st. Alec Emery and his girlfriend, Paige Vlaanderen, are desperately searching for their eight-month-old blue nose pit bull, “Baloo.” “She’s really friendly. Loves all of our friends. Really fun to play with other dogs,” said Emery. Vlaanderen said she came home around 11:45 Wednesday morning […]