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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    Program helps Utah youth learn how to design video games

    SALT LAKE CITY — Spy Hop Productions is a Utah nonprofit that mentors youth in the digital media arts, and they just staged their second “Power Up, Party Down” event to honor some exceptional teens. The event celebrated the release of a game called “Gray,” which eight teenagers spent 10 months developing. The game is a lot of fun to play, and it teaches kids about perseverance and self-discovery. “A lot of people, when you really think about it, have […]

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    Investigators say overnight fire in Farmington possibly linked to string of recent fires

    FARMINGTON, Utah — Investigators are calling an overnight fire in Farmington suspicious. The fire broke out in front of a home near 450 North and 200 East, not far from where a string of fires have flared up in recent weeks. “Shortly after 2 a.m. this morning, the 911 dispatch center received a call from a passerby,” said Farmington City Fire Chief Guido Smith. Firefighters arrived within six minutes. They say large hedges in front of the residence caught fire and […]

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    Aliens? UFO? ‘Space junk’ lights up Utah sky

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –   People across the western United States saw mysterious lights streak across the sky late Wednesday night and lit up social media with videos. Utah NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins confirms it  is a “rocket body” or “rocket booster” from a Chinese space craft falling toward earth. Satview tracks satellites and estimates the “space junk” from China’s CZ-7 R/B rocket will reenter the atmosphere early Thursday morning. Callers from Idaho to St. George flooded police dispatch and the […]

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    Planned Parenthood ‘CTR’ condoms spark controversy

    UPDATE: The Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah now says it will not be handing out the CTR condoms after all the recent controversy. “PPAU has designed a special run of CTR condoms to give away at the 2016 Salt Lake Summer Symposium of Sunstone Magazine. Our intent was never to offend, but to use the idea of “choosing the right” to spark open, honest conversations about sexual health and contraception. We strive to be sensitive to our community and […]

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    Primary Children’s Hospital connect young patients with Pokemon Go

    SALT LAKE CITY – With help from Brigham Young University students, Primary Children’s Hospital is tapping into technology so patients have the chance to get in on the Pokemon Go craze without leaving the hospital. Pokemon Go is a massive hit around the world. Millions of people, young and old, around the world use the smartphone app to hunt real-world locations to catch hidden Pokemon creatures. But for those stuck in hospital beds, it’s game over. “We developed this idea […]

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    Authorities seek ‘person of interest’ in overnight fire at WVC mobile home park

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – West Valley City Police are looking for a man they believe may have intentionally set his mobile home on fire early Monday morning. The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. near 2600 West and 2600 South. Bruce Sorensen lives at Mountain View Mobile Home Park in West Valley City. He noticed a fire raging at the trailer and called for help. “I went on the porch and I saw these flames come up and I called […]

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    Salt Lake City cop honored for rescuing sisters from armed attacker

    SALT LAKE CITY – Two sisters in Salt Lake City were terrorized by an attacker last year, and this week the officer who rescued them received more recognition for his heroism Bre and Kayli Lasley were attacked in September of last year when a fugitive broke into their home. “The blade of his hunting knife he brought into the house was right up against my throat,” Bre Lasley recalls. “I remember him whispering in my ear, ‘I’m going to kill […]

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    Mother found dead in Tooele home, son arrested in homicide case

    TOOELE, Utah – A man is in the Tooele County Jail accused of murdering his mother inside her home. It happened near 600 North and 270 East. Tooele Police got the 911 call around 6:30 Friday morning. “It was actually a family member that called in asking for a welfare check on Marcella,” said Tanya Turnbow, a Tooele Police Public Information Officer. Marcella Aragon, 66, lived at the home. When officers arrived on scene, they found her son, 44-year-old Jesus Aragon, […]

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    Utah Pride Center ramps up resources to address growing suicide rate among LGBTQ youth

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah ranks 8th in the nation for youth suicide rates, according to Utah’s Department of Health, and it’s a problem the Utah Pride Center is trying to combat. Feelings of isolation can take a toll on some members of the LGBTQ community, but the Utah Pride Center is offering them a safe place where they can work through suicidal thoughts. There are some troubling statistics from the Utah Department of Health: From 2007-2014, youth suicide rates […]

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    State auditor’s report on Utah Local Governments Trust reveals ‘culture of excess’

    SALT LAKE CITY – It’s your tax dollars on the line, and a state auditor is blasting a government entity for wasting the money. You may have never heard of the Utah Local Governments Trust, but you pay for it. State Auditor John Dougall spotted several red flags during a 14-month long investigation into the practices at the Utah Local Governments Trust. “We noted what we call a culture of excess,” Dougall said. The government entity acts like an insurance […]

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    Former employee stole $67K from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, state audit shows

    SALT LAKE CITY – A former financial analyst at Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind is accused of stealing $67,093 from the school, according to a report released by the Office of the Utah State Auditor. A few months ago, employees from Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind told their superintendent, Joel Coleman, that money was missing from their donation account. That’s when the Utah State Auditor stepped in to investigate. “Turns out we’ve identified for at least […]

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    Utahns help make history with ‘World’s largest indexing event’

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utahns are trying to help set a record that would make millions of historical records available to the public. It’s called the “World’s Largest Indexing Event.” Family Search helps people from all over the world reconnect with their family history. All of that work is made possible by their army of volunteers. The genealogy website is trying to make history. They’re calling on 72,000 volunteers all over the world to help them index important public documents […]


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