Tamara Vaifanua

Anchor / Reporter

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

  • Utah Medicaid expansion debate continues

    Posted on: 11:47 am, March 10, 2014, by

    SALT LAKE CITY — As the last week of the legislative session begins, lawmakers are making decisions on expanding Medicaid...
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  • SLC convention center hotel bill heads to full Senate

    Posted on: 12:28 pm, March 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:29pm, March 7, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are discussing funding Friday for a new convention center hotel near the Salt Palace. The...
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  • Cannabis oil bill passes committee, heads to Senate

    Posted on: 11:47 am, March 6, 2014, by and

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill that would bring a form of cannabis oil into Utah to treat children who...
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  • Nail salon bill approved, moves to Senate

    Posted on: 11:36 am, March 5, 2014, by and

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are discussing a bill that would require nail salons to have a vacuum device at...
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  • School district creation bill heads to Senate

    Posted on: 11:47 am, March 4, 2014, by

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are discussing how school districts are created and split in Utah. Members of the Senate...
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  • Count My Vote bill approved by committee, moves on to House

    Posted on: 11:51 am, March 3, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:16pm, March 3, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Count My Vote bill was approved Monday by the House Government Operations Committee, and it...
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  • Expo in Salt Lake City celebrates Latin culture

    Posted on: 7:54 pm, February 28, 2014, by and

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s Latino community showcased their culture at the Salt Palace Convention Center Friday. The inaugural Utah...
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  • Lawmakers look into combining Millcreek with other areas

    Posted on: 12:10 pm, February 27, 2014, by and

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are looking into a plan Thursday that would combine Millcreek and other unincorporated areas of...
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  • Bill to modernize education advances to House

    Posted on: 11:31 am, February 26, 2014, by and

    SALT LAKE CITY — Big changes could be coming to how Utah children learn in school. Members of the House...
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  • Utah lawmakers talk drone regulation

    Posted on: 12:02 pm, February 25, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:05pm, February 25, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers are discussing drone regulation Tuesday. Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, is proposing Senate Bill 16, which...
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  • Granite School District officers issued AR-15 rifles

    Posted on: 5:26 am, February 25, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:57am, February 25, 2014

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — The Granite School District Police Department has issued military-grade AR-15 rifles to all of its...
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  • ‘Capitol 13′ appear in court

    Posted on: 8:35 am, February 24, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:45am, February 24, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — A protest over the quick death of a statewide non-discrimination bill led to the arrest of...
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