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
  • Pharmacists launch campaign educating people about the dangers of opioids

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah health leaders unveiled a new plan to help fight opioid overdoses. Drop in at any pharmacy across the state during the month of May, and you’ll notice stickers on the bottle caps of prescription opioids. “Every time a patient opens that bottle, they’ll see that sticker and be reminded, ‘Hey, this is kind of a dangerous medication,” said Greg Jones, Director of the Pharmacy at Harmons, and the Chair of the Utah Board of Pharmacy. […]

  • Hikers urged to stay off muddy trails along Wasatch Front

    DRAPER – The recent storm isn’t stopping people from exploring trails, and in the process damaging them. Crews along the Wasatch Front have been busy repairing the damage as they try to maintain the open space. Running through the mud on Brock’s Point Trail in Corner Canyon is a little rough this week, and biking in it is even tougher, but some people can’t resist. “Because it warms up a little bit and then it dries out and then people, […]

  • Utah Motorcycle season in full swing, public safety leaders roll out safety tips

    CAPITOL HILL – The rain didn’t stop the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, and area riders from making a trek to Capitol Hill. They showed up in force to deliver an important message – “If you look twice, you can save a life.” Motorcycle season is underway in Utah, a time for drivers and riders to look out for each other a little bit more. “It kinda takes a little bit to train our brains to understand that […]

  • ‘Principal’s Pantry’ helps feed hungry students at Pleasant Grove school

    PLEASANT GROVE – There are students at Grovecrest Elementary who struggle to get a meal once they leave school, but a new food pantry ensures they don’t have to go without. Since opening in November, the “Principal’s Pantry,” has served 20 students and their families in a closet at Grovecrest Elementary. The pantry is stocked with everything from snacks, cereal, peanut butter, Mac and cheese and ramen noodles. Ryan Green, a teacher, came up with the idea to convert the […]

  • Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve helps Utah students get hands-on with nature

    GREAT SALT LAKE — On the far west side of Layton there’s a nature preserve that’s free and open to the public, and it’s helping to educate future scientists. “It’s a really fun trip for the kids to come out here and get to experience it firsthand,” says Andrea Nelson, community engagement manager for The Nature Conservancy. This past week, kids from Orchard Elementary visited the wide open spaces of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shoreland Preserve. “These fourth-graders have […]

  • Community raises funds to bring Utahn injured in helicopter crash in Russia home

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah man is hoping to be reunited with his family after he was involved in a helicopter crash in Russia. Mike Trabert’s insurance doesn’t cover the cost of medical transportation, so the tennis community is raising money to bring him home. The 60-year-old managed the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club at one time and now teaches at the facility. His absence is definitely being felt. Rick Foulger is a long-time friend who works with […]

  • Coalition renews push to ban plastic bags in Park City

    PARK CITY – There’s a renewed push in Park City to ban plastic bags. Cathy Batten and Shanelle Rodman have formed the Park City Plastic Coalition, and they want to bag the bag. They’re asking city leaders to pass an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags – the first city in Utah to do so. “Lots of cities in California have done it. I was there at a Target, you have to purchase a plastic bag,” said Sharelle Rodman. […]

  • Supporters of ousted Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO deliver petition to U of U administrators

    SALT LAKE CITY – Supporters of Dr. Mary Beckerle marched to the University of Utah campus to deliver a petition. They’re urging administrators reinstate the CEO and Director of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. About 100 doctors, researchers, and professors chanted their disappointment about the firing of Dr. Beckerle. They say they were blindsided when Beckerle was notified via e-mail that her services were no longer needed. She was at the helm of the institute for 11 years. “She wasn’t given […]

  • Provo man upset with Google Fiber’s plans to do work in his backyard

    PROVO – A Provo man says Google Fiber is cutting into his good night sleep by doing utility work at the worse possible time – from midnight til 4 a.m. Maicon Macedo is a customer of Google Fiber. He hasn’t had any complaints about the high-speed internet service. That’s until he was told a couple of months ago, they would be disrupting his life, as he put it. “A couple guys just knocked on my door saying that they’re from […]

  • ‘Agrihood’ neighborhood taking root in West Weber despite objections from residents

    WEST WEBER, Utah – You’ve heard of developers building homes around golf courses, but what about farms? A new type of neighborhood known as an “Agrihood” will take root on 60 acres of open space in West Weber, but not everyone is happy about it. Terakee Village is a development that will center around a functional farm – the first of its kind in Utah. “There are a lot of them popping up around the country. The one that we’ve […]

  • Utah woman picks up national garbage truck driver of the year award

    SALT LAKE CITY — For the past 17 years, Rhonda Kitchen has been working for Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling. She’s driven a garbage truck across Salt Lake County following in the footsteps of her family. “It was in my DNA before I was even born,” Kitchen said. “Before I was a twinkle in my daddy’s eye. My grandpa was a garbage man. My uncle ran garbage. My uncle helped run the landfill. My dad was a mechanic. My husband […]

  • Utah dad gets online love after taking wheelchair bound son for spin at skate park

    WEST VALLEY CITY – A West Valley City dad is gaining internet fame after he gave his wheelchair bound son the ride of his life at a skate park. The touching video of Phil Van Hise pushing his 5-year-old son Callen in a wheelchair at the West Valley City Skate Park was posted on his wife’s Facebook this week, and it’s been a big hit with more than 40,000 views. “It’s not to say, ‘Hey, look what I can do […]