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
  • Poor air quality forces Utah students indoors

    SALT LAKE CITY – With orange and red air quality alerts in effect along the Wasatch Front, it causes schools to take notice. Some schools had to decide whether it was safe for students to play outside during recess. For the first time this school year, Bell View Elementary moved recess inside as air quality worsened throughout the day. When particulate matter 2.5 is above 55.5, the Utah Department of Health recommends administrators keep all students indoors. Jeff Haney, spokesperson […]

  • Tooele “Giving Train” takes off on Facebook group page

    TOOELE, Utah – A group of Tooele residents are turning to Facebook to give back, and their goods deeds are inspiring others to hop on the “Giving Train.” There’s been a lot of traffic on the Tooele County 411 Facebook page since Fox 13 aired their story on Friday, December 8th. Patty Deakin-Daley runs the group page, and has been overwhelmed by the number of people who are willing to pay it forward. “By the time you start trying to […]

  • Tooele residents spread holiday cheer through ‘Pay it Forward’ campaign

    TOOELE – Some Tooele residents are inspiring others to pay it forward this holiday season. A group of people launched their effort on Facebook to help struggling families, and it’s taken off. It all started with Don Jarvis, who posted his intentions to pay it forward on the Tooele County 411 Facebook page. For his birthday, he would deliver $100 to someone in need. The nominations came pouring in and he chose Sherry Hammond – who is taking care of […]

  • Gov. Herbert releases 10-year Utah Education Roadmap to State Board of Education

    SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary Herbert unveiled his 10-year Utah Education Roadmap to the Utah State Board of Education. In April of 2015, the Governor tasked his education team to come up with a 10-year education plan. After consulting with educators, researchers and parents, they created the Utah Education Roadmap. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox was at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting and presented leaders with the plan on behalf of the Governor. “You get a lot more done when […]

  • CDC report shows youth suicide rate in Utah on the rise

    SALT LAKE CITY – Youth suicide rates in Utah are increasing – that’s according to an investigation conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Utah Department of Health. The report states 150 Utah youth died by suicide from 2011-2015. That’s a 141% increase in suicide rate among 10-17 year olds compared to the national rate of 23.5%. 78% of the cases were male 35% were diagnosed with mental health issues 55% experienced a recent crisis 47% […]

  • SLC Police gives media inside look at use of force training

    SALT LAKE CITY – In a split second, law enforcement must safely defuse tense encounters. The Salt Lake City Police gave the media an inside look Tuesday, at their use of force training, and how they handle critical situations. Every year, officers undergo 40 hours of mandatory training – which includes use of force scenarios. Trainers pointed to a real encounter that happened on Sep. 23, 2015 when Salt Lake City Police Officer Ben Hone rushed to the aid of […]

  • Ogden couple marks the passing of two-month old son’s death with a plea for organ donation

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah family who suddenly lost their two-month old son is finding solace through organ donation. Ross was Mike and Patrice Edlefsen’s third child. The little brother brought a lot of joy to their Ogden home. “Ross was just a sweetheart. He was calm and he slept well. And he let the boys hold him. And he didn’t fuss very much,” said Patrice Edlefsen. On Dec. 3, 2016, Patrice put Ross down for a nap. He […]

  • Former LDS bishop calls for church leaders to stop interviewing teens about sexual practices

    SALT LAKE CITY – A former LDS bishop has started a petition to stop sexually oriented interviews for Mormon youth. Sam Young is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a bishop in Houston, Texas from 1991 to 1996. He’s in Salt Lake City shedding light on something that happens behind closed doors. As outlined in the church handbook, LDS bishops interview youth members every year. Young men and young women are asked […]

  • Woods Cross Police Department ‘Santa Squad’ aims at foiling ‘Porch Pirates’

    WOODS CROSS – The Woods Cross Police department is fighting back against so called, ‘Porch Pirates.’ For the first time, officers are allowing Woods Cross residents to have their packages delivered to a safe place – the Woods Cross Police Department. “We have people who are victims of thefts around the holidays and it does, it ruins their Christmas,” said Lt. Adam Osoro, Woods Cross Police Department. “What a better way to help out Santa getting the packages out to […]

  • Hepatitis A outbreak growing in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health is ramping up efforts to stop the spread of Hepatitis A. Health leaders have been tracking cases from May 1 to Nov. 27, and the results are alarming. There have been 87 cases.  60 percent have required hospitalization. “In a normal year, we would have 4 hepatitis A cases in Salt Lake County, so a significant increase this year,” said Gary Edwards, executive director of the Salt Lake County health department. […]

  • ‘Quiet Santa’ helps children with special needs enjoy the holidays

    OREM, Utah  – Taking a photo with Santa is a popular holiday tradition. But for children with special needs, it could lead to a meltdown. That’s why University Place in Orem is creating a calmer atmosphere. When Caitlyn Wall’s 5-year-old daughter Abbey experiences sensory overload, she has a meltdown. “Abbey has ADHD and some sensory issues and a mood disorder. Noise and crowds are big triggers for her,” Wall said. Abbey has steered clear of Santa since she was a […]

  • Leaders encourage Utah shoppers to buy local this holiday season

    SALT LAKE CITY – If camping outside a store or sitting online for hours to score Black Friday deals isn’t your thing, locally owned businesses are hoping you’ll give them a try. A year ago, Melinda Meservey quit her corporate job and opened up Thyme & Place on 362 East 900 South. “It`s a botanical boutique offering plants, gifts and get-togethers.” Meservey says she gives customers a one-of-a kind experience they won’t find anywhere else. “It also gives us a […]