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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    Two pedestrians hit by pickup truck in Salt Lake City

    SALT LAKE CITY — Police responded to the area of 400 South 500 West in Salt Lake City after an automobile hit multiple pedestrians, according to police. Salt Lake City Police Detective Ungricht said they were called to a vehicle crash at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. A male adult in a pickup truck was stopped at a light traveling westbound. The light turned green and the vehicles around him began traveling. For an unknown reason the driver stayed stationary and then began to accelerate […]

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    Eccles Theater celebrates official grand opening

    SALT LAKE CITY – A vision years in the making is now a reality. On Tuesday, the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater celebrated its grand opening. Spencer F. Eccles cut the ribbon, symbolizing the official opening of a venue bearing his uncle and aunt’s name. “It’s really been an honor and a privilege to help bring this theater dream to life, and to have it reflect the Eccles family many generations for love of theater and the arts […]

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    Ogden city leaders seek solution to keep transients off elementary school grounds after several complaints

    OGDEN, Utah – A homeless shelter near an elementary school is posing some challenges for students. Administrators at Odyssey Elementary are worried about their safety as they walk to and from school. A year ago, the Lantern House opened just a few blocks away from Odyssey Elementary School. Since then, administrators say many transients pass through their school every day putting their students and staff in harm’s way. “An older Ogden School District student being in the park and having […]

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    Event in Sandy raises awareness, honors victims of domestic violence

    SANDY, Utah — October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and to bring attention to what a big problem it is in Utah, Sandy City staged a somber ceremony this week. The statistics are troubling: 291 adults and 338 children were victims of domestic violence in Utah last year. To raise awareness about the extent of the problem, and to remember the victims, a pin wheel display represented each of the child victims and balloons were placed for each of […]

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    Democratic candidates in Utah claim mail-in ballots are ‘confusing’, worry votes may not get counted

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – Some Democratic candidates say mail-in ballots issued in Utah are confusing, and they worry thousands of votes will get tossed out as a result. This week, state election leaders began mailing out ballots to 21 of Utah’s 29 counties. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office mailed out pamphlets with instructions stating that voters must fill out the ballot, put it in an envelope, seal it, sign it and mail it. But Kim Bowman, a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant […]

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    Utah GOP Chair clashes with CNN anchor on live TV over claims of Bill Clinton’s love-child

    SALT LAKE –Utah Republican Party Chair James Evans is under fire after a testy exchange on CNN Thursday morning where he challenged the cable network to investigate a story about Bill Clinton’s illegitimate son. CNN’s Carol Costello invited Evans and Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon on her show to talk about Donald Trump’s plunging poll numbers in deep red Utah amid new allegations of sexual harassment. The conversation went off course when Evans dropped an allegation of his own. […]

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    Utah House Democrats plan to roll out education policies in 2017

    SALT LAKE CITY – Some Democratic lawmakers are already eyeing 2017’s legislative session. On the top of their to-do list is creating education bills aimed at supporting teachers. House Democrats surveyed nearly 1,500 teachers in Utah to find out what challenges they face in the classroom so lawmakers can come up with some real solutions. Some of the frustrations Utah teachers shared with lawmakers were a lack of support in the classroom and respect for their profession. As a result, […]

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    Pleasant Grove police scraps body cams; cites high cost of data storage

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – They’re meant to improve oversight of police officers, but the Pleasant Grove Police Department is no longer using body cameras due to steep data storage costs. Two years ago, the department was one of the first agencies in the state to outfit their officers with body cameras, but soon learned transparency comes with a high price. “We want to run cameras. We’re all for it. This was a hard decision,” said Pleasant Grove Police Chief Michael […]

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    Utahns worry about families impacted by Hurricane Matthew

    RIVERDALE – People living in Utah who have loved ones living in the path of Hurricane Matthew wait for phone calls and text messages. Others are taking the first flight out to help their families get back on their feet. Allen Whitfield of Riverdale plans to fly out of the Salt Lake International Airport to Atlanta Friday night, then drive to Titusville, Florida, which is about 35 miles east of Orlando. That’s where his mother lives. She evacuated Thursday night […]

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    Utah schools say students are thriving in Breakfast in the Classroom program

    SALT LAKE CITY – Feed a child’s body before you feed their mind. That’s the idea behind a program aimed at providing breakfast to Utah students in the classroom. Mrs. Layton’s 4th grade class begins each day with a salute and a hearty breakfast. “It’s very quick and efficient. The student knows what to do, we have a routine, we listen to calm music,” said Mindy Layton, a Woodrow Wilson Elementary School teacher. Two years ago, 35 schools in Granite […]

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    Provo City Council issues new regulations for trampoline gyms

    PROVO, Utah – The Provo City Council has voted unanimously to regulate trampoline gyms after years of debate over safety concerns. Indoor trampoline parks are a big hit with people of all ages, but the popular activity has raised serious concerns over safety issues in Utah County. “Injuries to the spine, fractures where the bone is shattered, or open fractures: These are injuries that they typically see with high-speed crashes,” said Kim Santiago, a Provo City Council member. Santiago is […]

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    Gubernatorial candidates lay out vision for Utah at town hall meeting

    SALT LAKE CITY – With 35 days until Election Day, candidates running for Governor held a town hall, Tuesday, to let voters know where they stand on the issues. At one point, the intimate setting was interrupted by a heckler. It was the first and only town hall format for the gubernatorial candidates. The moderator asked them prepared questions and then the audience chimed in. Both candidates took their turn in the hot seat laying out their clear differences in […]