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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    Kearns teen battles rare, incurable disease to return to softball diamond

    KEARNS, Utah – A Utah family spent more than a year and a half at Primary Children’s Hospital facing terrible uncertainty after their daughter was diagnosed with a rare and incurable disease. The Valdez family said their world was turned upside down by the diagnosis, but now their daughter is back on the softball field after the hardest year of her life. “I thought I was going to give up, honestly, like, I never thought I’d be out here, back […]

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    Gov. Herbert: ‘we will not hesitate’ to fight order on transgender students’ bathroom access

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert came out with a statement Friday in response to guidance that was issued by the Obama administration regarding transgender students’ access to bathrooms in public schools. A joint letter from the Departments of Education and Justice was sent to schools Friday with guidelines to ensure that, “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment,” according to the Obama administration.  Under the guidelines, transgender students would be allowed to use bathrooms matching their gender […]

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    Study: Pregnant women who take too much folic acid could increase child’s odds of developing autism

    SALT LAKE CITY — There’s a growing concern over a new study that found pregnant women who take too much folic acid could increase the risk of autism in children. We’ve heard for decades that women who are pregnant or plan on having a child should take folic acid to help protect babies from birth defects such as spina bifida, but new findings call that recommendation into question. Whitney Steele, a Lehi mother of two, is trying to make sense […]

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    Team USA partners with University of Utah Health Care

    SALT LAKE CITY – Team USA recruited University of Utah Health Care to take care of its elite athletes. Utah’s Olympic legacy began in 2002 with the Winter Olympics. Today, the tradition lives on with a big announcement from the U.S. Olympic Committee. They’re designating UUHC as one of its national medical centers. “The University of Utah providers and health care administrators will serve Olympic athletes from primary care, to mental health, to the usual orthopedic wear and tear and […]

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    421st Fighter Squadron returns from deployment to Afghanistan

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE – Dozens of families waited anxiously to greet their loved ones at Hill Air Force Base Tuesday morning. Three hundred airmen from the 421st Fighter Squadron came home after being deployed for nearly eight months in Afghanistan. “We’re here to pick up our daddy, yeah? You’re here to get your daddy?” Kalli, a wife of an airman, asked her baby. “It’s Exciting and anxious and nervous. All wrapped in one,” said Brooke Wiggins, a wife of […]

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    Students remember Payson teen killed in car accident

    SALEM, Utah – Students at Salem Hills High School are feeling the loss of their friend and classmate who lost her life in a car accident over the weekend. On Monday, they dressed in their Sunday best to honor Erica Montague — a small way to remember the big influence she’s been in their lives. “Erica was one of my friends and I just want to show support to her and her family,” said Kylie Reynolds, Salem High School student. […]

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    Study says playground equipment safer than ever, but brain injuries still on the rise

    SALT LAKE CITY — A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that while playground equipment is safer than ever before, more children are being treated for traumatic brain injuries. Doctor Cindy Gellner, a pediatrician at the University of Utah Westridge Health Center, spoke about the kinds of injuries they generally see. “So the main types of injuries I’m seeing are mainly broken bones, actually,” she said. “Broken collar bones, broken arms, things like that. Not so many […]

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    25 families displaced by fire waiting to return to Millcreek apartments

    MILLCREEK, Utah – Fire investigators have pinpointed the cause of an apartment fire in Millcreek, but dozens of residents are still waiting to hear when they can go back home. A fence surrounds the two units damaged by a fast-moving fire Thursday at the Monaco Apartment Complex. Friday, workers boarded up windows and cleared out debris. Eighty firefighters battled the flames for several hours. Investigators say the fire accidentally ignited on a third floor balcony. “It was a very chaotic […]

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    FDA imposes regulations on E-cigarette industry

    SALT LAKE CITY – The E-Cigarette industry has come under criticism because it hasn’t been regulated, until now. The Food and Drug Administration laid out new rules in nearly 500 pages. It’s a move health advocacy groups applaud, and industry leaders say will hurt local businesses. E-cigs, cigars and hookahs will now be regulated like traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. The rule bans the sale of e-cigs to anyone under the age of 19 – a law Utah already follows. […]

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    New study shows breast milk could boost preemie’s brain power

    SALT LAKE CITY– There’s been plenty of debate about the benefits of breastfeeding, but a new study suggest breast milk can boost brain growth in preemies. Babies born before their due date face a myriad of health problems because their brains are not fully developed. A new study links breast milk to significant early brain growth in these premature children. Researchers found preemies who consumed at least 50 percent breast milk during their first month of life had more brain […]

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    New hormone test could offer hope for women struggling with fertility

    SALT LAKE CITY – They’re ready to start families, but for thousands of Utah women, fertility problems keep their dreams from becoming reality. Now, a new hormone test could provide answers those women are looking for. “I always wanted to be a mom. I was looking forward to having kids,” said Camille Hawkins, of Sugar House. Soon after Hawkins got married, she struggled to get pregnant. “That was the beginning of our five-year infertility journey,” she said. Hawkins’ doctor recommended […]

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    Fire watchers predict average fire season in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Fire managers are encouraged by the wet spring conditions the state has been experiencing so far. The key is to hold on to that weather pattern for the next couple of weeks to keep fire danger low. June 1 is the official start of Utah’s wildfire season, but Mother Nature calls the shots. That’s what fire watchers at the Great Basin Coordination Center in Salt Lake is tracking.  They coordinate wildland firefighters’ resources in Utah, Nevada, and […]


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