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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.

Recent Articles
  • Crews close bridge to begin renovation on 1300 South viaduct

    SALT LAKE CITY – Engineers are starting construction on the viaduct on 1300 South. Officials said construction is expected to last about six months. City officials said the new structure will allow for smoother traffic flow over the railroad tracks between 500 and 700 West. The viaduct is a critical corridor for traffic between the east and west sides of Salt Lake City. Jay Ingleby, First Vice Chair for the Glendale Community Council, said residents have expressed concern over the bridge. […]

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    Joggers in serious condition after hit by truck in Clearfield

    CLEARFIELD, Utah – Two joggers are in serious condition after a truck hit them in an intersection Thursday morning. Police said two women, ages 61 and 26 were in the crosswalk when a left-turning truck hit them at 700 S. State St. just after 6 a.m. Authorities said the light was changing so the truck tried to get out of the intersection, didn’t see the joggers and hit them. Emergency crews were down the street at another accident when they […]

  • Utah Airman honored for actions in hours-long fire fight

    HILL AIR FORCE BASE – A local Utah Airman is being honored for his actions in an hours-long fire fight in Afghanistan last year. Staff Sergeant Kyle Bushey was on his first deployment last May in Afghanistan, when his training was put to the test to help save the lives of his team members. Sgt. Bushey is part of the 775th EOD Flight, his team was to clear out a cave where insurgents housed improvised explosive devices. During the 12-hour […]

  • Lawmaker introduces bill to clarify leases after Fair Park loses RSL deal

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Fair Park lost out on a deal to bring a minor league stadium to the park. Officials said it was over issues with the lease. Now a state lawmaker is introducing a bill that he said would help future lease agreements. Losing the Real Salt Lake deal was a big disappointment for the Utah State Fair Park. Leaders worked with the state to renew the park’s lease for another 40 years so RSL […]

  • Mitt Romney part of push to hold presidential primary rather than caucus in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah may hold a presidential primary in 2016. A House committee signed off on House Bill 329—a bill that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney pushed for in hopes of turning out more voters in Utah. The Utah Republican Party plans to hold a caucus rather than a primary,  which is a move Romney criticized in a letter made public Wednesday. Romney said in part: “Every Utah voter deserves to have their vote counted in the selection […]

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    Boyfriend arrested after throwing girlfriend’s dog off balcony, killing it

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A Utah man is in custody after police said he tossed his girlfriend’s dog off a third-floor balcony. Police were called to the Fairstone Apartments near 760 W. and 4400 S. at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Unified police said the couple got into an argument and the boyfriend threw the woman’s dog, “Bell,”off the balcony, killing it. Police have arrested Juan Arturo Anzastiga-Garcia and booked him into jail on the following charges: torture of a companion animal […]

  • Shortest response time ever? Firefighters deal with blaze at their own station

    SALT LAKE CITY – Firefighters are recovering after fighting a fire at their own station. Tuesday morning the crews were called to a fire and little did they know, they were already at the scene. The fire sparked at Station No. 2 near 3rd N. and 270 W. at about 1:30 a.m. Officials said nine firefighters were at the station when the fire started. They moved the fire engine out of the building and immediately went to work on the flames; […]

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    Traffic Alert: Construction project at Point of the Mountain now underway

    If you drive I-15 between Salt Lake and Utah Counties on a regular basis, you’re in for more traffic congestion than usual. Monday, the Utah Dept. of Transportation begins a $247 million construction project at the Point of The Mountain. “Over the next 35 years, we expect Utah`s population to come close to doubling so these transportation projects are critical for today and also for the future to make sure we have that mobility,” Carlos Braceras said, Executive Director for […]

  • Proposed legislation would reduce penalty for carrying a weapon on public transit

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill making its way through the Utah legislature would lessen the charge of carrying a weapon on a public bus or train from a felony to a misdemeanor, but some Utah lawmakers are expressing reservations. Under current law, carrying a weapon on a public bus or train could net a felony charge, though those with concealed carry permits are exempt. Rep. Norman Thurston, R-District 64, wants to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. “It’s not […]

  • Bill allowing terminally ill patients the ‘Right to Try” new drugs moves forward

    SALT LAKE CITY – Lawmakers are discussing a bill to allow terminally ill patients to have quicker access to unapproved drugs at the State Capitol. Supporters of this legislation say it gives terminally ill people hope. The patients have exhausted all their options with traditional treatments and some may die while waiting for the next breakthrough or miracle drug. If passed, the “Right to Try” bill would give terminally ill patients quicker access to experimental drugs; drugs that have passed […]

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    Could you pass? Bill closer to changing your school’s graduation requirements

    SALT LAKE CITY – What should Utah high school graduates be required to know before graduating? That is what state lawmakers are discussing Monday at the Capitol. Senate Bill 60 would require students to pass a basic civics test before receiving their diploma. It would be the same test new U.S. citizens are required to pass. Students would study 100 basic facts about America and would be tested on 50 of them. The test would ask questions like, “How many amendments are in […]

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    Alimony bill that has attention of stay-at-home parents moves closer to approval

    SALT LAKE CITY – A bill being discussed at the State Capitol has the attention of stay-at-home parents. The bill could determine alimony payments and affect judges’ rulings. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Keven Stratton, said it give parents who stay at home to care for the children more value in the eyes of the law. Stratton said currently a judge is not obligated to take into account whether a parent is a stay-at-home parent when determining alimony. Judges can certainly […]


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