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
  • Supporters of Bonanza Flats make aggressive push to raise $2.6 million by June 15 deadline

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – The clock is ticking to preserve the open space in Wasatch County known as Bonanza Flats. Supporters must raise $2.6 million by June 15, or the land could be developed. Located near Guardsman Pass in Wasatch County, the 1,350 acres at Bonanza Flats serves as a vital landscape in terms of drinking water and recreational benefits. “I see Bonanza Flat, aside from being the heart of the Wasatch, as being a universal landscape,” said Wendy Fisher, […]

  • Family creates foundation to keep murder case in spotlight

    SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Sherry Black’s Brutal murder at a South Salt Lake Bookstore in 2010 remains a mystery. Black’s family has created an education foundation to help keep her case in the spotlight.

  • Home security door-to-door scams on the rise in Utah

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – It’s the time of year when hundreds of Utahns fall victim to door-to-door home security scams. The Better Business Bureau of Utah is warning people to keep their guard up so they don’t become a target. In 2016, the BBB received 2,064 complaints for alarm companies. So far this year, 810 people have lodged complaints. “They’re up more than 50 percent; It’s an amazing number,” said Jane Driggs, President of BBB of Utah. Driggs says the […]

  • Remains of sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack returned to Utah for proper burial

    SALT LAKE CITY — More than 75 years after he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II are being returned to his family for a proper military burial in Monroe, Utah. Navy Musician 1st Class Elliott D. Larsen was 25 years old at the time of the December 7, 1941 attack. Larsen’s remains arrived Thursday morning at the Salt Lake City International Airport, where a naval contingent was […]

  • Herriman dog owners on edge after increased coyote sightings and attacks

    HERRIMAN, Utah – There has been an alarming increase in coyote sightings near a Herriman neighborhood. In one case, the coyotes stalked a woman and attacked her dog. Last week, Noelle Boothe was walking her dog Chaka in the afternoon near the Juniper Canyon trail in Herriman when they came across a coyote. “We yelled at the coyote to get out of there and he wouldn’t go. He just sat there and looked at us. Like he wasn’t leaving. He […]

  • Provo towing company targeted by vandals; tires slashed, derogatory words written on trucks

    PROVO, Utah – Vandals target a towing company in Provo – slashing tires, and painting derogatory words on two trucks. Drivers for “AM PM Towing” say the alleged crime not only took place on their lot but at their homes where they parked their trucks overnight. On Sunday morning between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., the yard was broken into. Surveillance video shows a man wearing a bandana across his face, loading stuff in the back of a truck in the […]

  • Pleasant Grove school creates cafe to give students with autism workplace experience

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – A Pleasant Grove school is giving students with autism real life work experience with a brand new cafe. The Pantera Café just opened, and the student-operated restaurant specializes in Italian food. This week’s menu featured lasagna, garlic bread and a fresh garden salad. Teachers at Spectrum Academy say students with autism don’t always get the training they need in order to get a job once they’re finished with school. That’s why they decided to open a […]

  • Fugitive known as ‘Lil’ Casper’ found hiding inside dog house in Millcreek

    MILLCREEK, Utah – U.S. Marshals have been known to take down fugitives in unlikely places. Friday morning, they encountered a wanted man hiding inside a dog house. Marshals say Mike Noble is a gang member known as Lil’ Casper. He’s been on their radar for some time. “He’s been on the run for about 13 months. He has a substantial criminal history: Thefts, home invasion, burglaries,” said Derryl Spencer, U.S. Marshals Deputy Supervisor. Around 1:30 a.m., Spencer says they caught […]

  • Spring snowstorm causes downed trees and power outages in Cache Valley

    CACHE VALLEY – Logan is known for its abundant trees, which is why they’ve been designated a tree city. But when heavy wet snow falls on them, it can be dangerous. Just when you think spring is here to stay, Mother Nature flips the script and a snowstorm rolls through. In Cache Valley, the storm downed several trees and limbs. A tree was toppled in the area of 18th between 15th and 16th North in Logan. That’s where Keith Mann […]

  • Weber county takes first steps to enact no-alcohol policy at Pineview and Causey Reservoirs

    WEBER COUNTY – Pineview and Causey Reservoirs in Weber County could soon become alcohol-free. On Tuesday, Weber County commissioners took the first step in enacting a no alcohol policy. The proposal would prohibit alcoholic beverages around the reservoirs, beach, parking and picnic areas. Booze would only be allowed in designated overnight camping areas and on the reservoir itself. “As we’ve seen the users increase both on the beaches and on the trails and on the water, we’ve seen increasing safety […]

  • Park City approves ban on plastic bags in three grocery stores

    PARK CITY – After nearly a decade of debate, Park City is the first community in the state to ban plastic bags. Plastic bags will soon be disappearing from three grocery stores in Park City – Fresh Market, Rite Aid and The Market at Park City. Last week, the council enacted the ban which goes into effect in late June. “We decided to ban the thin film plastic bags from grocery stores which are the largest source of those bags,” […]

  • Wildland firefighters sharpen skills at Camp Williams in preparation for fire season

    CAMP WILLIAMS – Dozens of wildland firefighters descended on Camp Williams to undergo some intensive training. Thirty-three wildland firefighters representing multiple agencies such as the BLM, Forest Service, Park Service and Unified Fire Authority have logged several hours in the classroom over the past week. They’re getting ready for wildfire season, which is just around the corner. “We’re finishing up a week-long course of engine operations. They learn how to operate their engines, maintain their engines, and become familiar with […]