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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.


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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. […]

  • Stalled housing project resumes, Orem residents eager to be rid of ‘eyesore’

    OREM, Utah – A huge building that has been sitting unfinished in Orem for some time is now back on track for completion but under a new name. Midtown Village on State Street was a premiere housing facility conceived more than a decade ago, but when the economic recession hit, the project ground to a halt. But new developers have a plan to revive the project and bring it to completion under the name Midtown 360. Paul Ritchie of Ritchie […]

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    Bank bandit steals heavy machinery, rams ATM in failed theft attempt

    OREM, Utah – A suspect went to great lengths to try to steal an ATM at a bank in Orem. Just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, officials said a suspect stole a front-end loader from a nearby construction site and drove it to the ATM at Bank of American Fork in Orem. Authorities said the suspect rammed the ATM with the front-end loader, taking out the machine. But the suspect didn’t stop there. “They tried to bang the ATM around the […]

  • Friend of man shot by police in Magna speaks

    MAGNA, Utah – Unified Police shot and killed a man in who they say threatened himself with a knife and ultimately threatened officers in Magna Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as 39 year-old Luis Quintana of Magna. The shooting occurred in the area of 8400 West and 3500 South. Unified Police say they first received reports of Quintana threatening suicide, but when police arrived at the provided location Quintana could not be found. Officers suspended their search in order […]

  • Road work at Farmington’s Park Lane may cause commuters delays

    FARMINGTON, Utah — Summer might have come and gone, but road construction season isn’t over in Utah and a big project is ramping up at a busy intersection in Farmington. Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation said changes on Park Lane in Farmington are long overdue and will make the commute function a bit more smoothly, but the work beginning Monday may mean delays for commuters over the next several months. Vic Saunders, UDOT Project Manager, said the work […]

  • Gov. Herbert discusses health insurance assistance, same-sex marriage

    SALT LAKE CITY – During his monthly news conference, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert spoke about plans to provide health insurance to the poor, same–sex marriage and plans for relocating the state prison. Herbert spoke Wednesday, and the Healthy Utah plan was among the topics he discussed. The proposal is an alternative to state Medicaid expansion and has the backing of the Obama administration, but Herbert said the public will need to weigh in before a decision is made. There will […]

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    Study examines ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah’

    SALT LAKE CITY — If you are suspended or expelled in elementary school, could that determine whether or not you graduate from high school? Researchers at the University of Utah say yes, and they said they’ve got the data to prove it. For the past year Emily Chiang, a University of Utah associate professor of law, and a team of students examined the link between discipline in Utah elementary schools and dropout rates. “Utah is disciplining its most vulnerable children, […]

  • Mom: Missing Murray woman ‘seemed fine’ on the day she went missing

    MURRAY, Utah – Family and friends of a Murray woman who went missing after she left her condo have been searching for two weeks, and they are asking the public for help finding their loved one. Kayelyn Louder, 30, disappeared from her condo September 27, and police said Wednesday the woman had made several false reports during 911 calls and that her roommate said Louder was acting “delusional” in the days before she left her condo. Police said they are […]

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