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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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  • Ebola virus

    FDA warns 2 Utah businesses to stop advertising products as Ebola treatments

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning three companies it says are marketing products as possible treatments or cures for Ebola; two of those companies are here in Utah. The FDA said Lehi-based Young Living and dōTERRA International, LLC in Pleasant Grove are promoting products some of their salesmen claim help ailments like Ebola. The products are not FDA-approved drugs. Both companies use independent distributors as their sales force and that’s who the FDA is specifically targeting. Some of the companies’ distributors […]

  • LDS Church History Museum closing for renovations

    SALT LAKE CITY — A place where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints showcases its early years is getting an updated look. The Church History Museum is closing its doors for a year to renovate the building and bring in a new exhibit they hope will attract younger crowds. The museum will close their doors October 6, and the new exhibit will feature new kiosks, interactive maps and other advancements to supplement the historical artifacts in the museum’s […]

  • School defends dress code enforcement after students turned away from dance

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – School officials are sounding off after several girls were turned away from the Bingham High School homecoming dance because of dress code violations. Administrators said they were enforcing dress code standards Saturday night but students claim it was not fairly carried out. Principal Christen Richards-Khong didn’t want to speak on camera but explained to Fox 13 the efforts administrators took to ensure the students knew the dress code policy well before Saturday’s dance. The policy is spelled […]

  • BYU study examines impact of violent rhetoric in business

    PROVO, Utah – A new study from Brigham Young University indicates that businesses that use violent rhetoric to inspire better employee performances may be doing more harm than good. David Wood, assistant professor of accounting at BYU, said motivational language can take on a war-like tone. “We declare war on the competition,” he said. “We fight battles, and we use this language. And so we started to think: How could this language impact employees?” Wood partnered with Josh Gubler, a […]

  • Utahns camp out for latest Apple gadgets

    FARMINGTON, Utah — Apple has released their latest gadgets, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and Utahns camped out to be among those who bought the devices on launch day. FOX 13 News’ Tamara Vaifanua was in Farmington to speak to those who lined up, see the video above for her report. She even ran into a man who was among the campers last year, who said last year’s news segment got him in trouble because he was supposed […]

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    Utah hospitals restricting visitors for cold and flu season

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah – As we enter the flu and cold season, hospitals across the state are urging people with colds or other minor illnesses not to come into the hospital if they’re just visiting a patient. With the recent outbreak of possible cases of Enterovirus here in Utah, hospitals like Utah Valley Regional Medical Center are restricting access to their youngest patients. Hospital administrators say they’re seeing an unusually high number of children who are being treated for serious […]

  • Stranger suspect Alpine

    Authorities warning parents after woman in truck follows students to school

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – A first grade girl said she didn’t feel safe when a woman in a truck pulled up next to her, rolled down the window, unlocked the doors and just stared at her on the way to school. Officials said the girl ran to her older brother and a group of students who were walking ahead of her. That didn’t stop the driver from following the group. Police said the woman motioned for the students to come to […]

  • Orem Kidnapping

    6 arrested after kidnapping, stabbing in Utah County

    OREM, Utah  – Six people in Utah County are facing aggravated kidnapping and assault charges. The story involved a debt, a stabbing and a 17-year-old held captive. Investigators said they are still working to sort out the details. Police said a 17-year-old girl was kidnapped at about 7 a.m. Sunday near Orem. Later that day, deputies said they were called about a man badly beaten and stabbed. Officials said a debt of some kind was owed to the stabbing victim. […]

  • NSL home demolition action

    North Salt Lake home being demolished after landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah – The North Salt Lake home destroyed in a landslide is being demolished Wednesday. At the beginning of August a landslide claimed one home in the Eagleridge neighborhood. Almost 30 residents were evacuated as a precaution. The landslide also damaged the Eagleridge tennis club. Engineers discuss their plan for dealing with North Salt Lake landslide Now the home is being torn down. The city of North Salt Lake says the landslide and damages are not its fault. “Legally […]

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    Utah family comes home to find house trashed, ransacked

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A West Valley City couple said they were shocked to come home to find their house in shambles, vandalized so severely they can’t stay in it. The Manwills’ furniture and artwork were covered with what appears to be food. They said the suspects tipped over the refrigerator and spread the food all over the house, which is located in the area of 2900 South and Gazelle Road. Officials said the suspects threw a bowling ball through the […]

  • 1300 East construction

    Project along 1300 East a headache for business owners, commuters

    SANDY – Crews have been working to replace an old natural gas line along a busy street in the Sandy area, and the process has created some challenges for commuters and business owners. Questar Gas is replacing a natural gas pipeline, and the work is taking place along 1300 East from about 7800 South to 10100 South. Drivers must detour in portions of the area, which is a headache for some. Alex Wheeler is the owner of Mountain Yoga, a […]

  • A photo of a crash in Logan Canyon August 2 that left 1 dead and 3 injured.

    ‘100 Deadliest Days’ ends Labor Day, officials say fatalities increased on Utah roads in 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY – Labor Day weekend will mark the close of what officials in Utah call the 100 Deadliest Days on Utah roads, and officials said so far nearly one person has died for every day during that period. Utah Department of Transportation officials said that since Memorial Day, which marks the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days, 93 people have died in accidents on Utah roads. Officials said 165 people have been killed on Utah roadways so far […]


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