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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    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City – Republican candidates vying for the governor’s seat debated the issues at Little America Hotel. Monday’s event was the first public debate this political season, after Gov. Gary Herbert has been accused of dodging debates for months. Right out of the gate, Overstock.com chairman Jonathon Johnson took a jab at Herbert for his reluctance to debate. “I would like to thank the Utah Foundation of Republican Women for hosting this. Apparently, you’re the one group in […]

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    Injured Utah missionary returns home to warm welcome

    SANTA CLARA, Utah – A Utah missionary injured in the Brussels attacks is now home after being in the hospital for more than a week. Elder Joseph Empey received a very warm welcome home Wednesday, accord to the St. George News. The 20-year-old flew home to be treated for burns at the University of Utah hospital. He was one of four missionaries  hurt in the March 22 bombings at the Brussels airport. Mason Wells, Joseph Empey’s mission companion, is still […]

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    Non-partisan group tackles climate change in Utah

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    LDS women help Utah Refugee Center serve those in need

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    PROVO, Utah- It’s been tough for 18-year-old McKay Mitton to get around because he’s outgrown his bike stroller/trailer, but recently some BYU students put an idea in motion and built an adult-sized trailer for the teen. Thursday, he tested out his brand new customized stroller/bike trailer. It’s a more comfortable ride since he’s outgrown his old wheels. “McKay is one of triplets. He has cerebral palsy and has been in a wheelchair essentially all his life,” said his mom, Allison Mitton. McKay’s limitations don’t […]

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    California girl sent to live with extended Utah family amidst tribal custody battle

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    U of U medical students celebrate Match Day

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    Study finds child accidental overdoses lead to high rate of ER visits

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