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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    PROVO, Utah – If you build it, they will come. That’s what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hoping as they prepare to unveil the new look of the Old Provo Tabernacle. In December 2010, LDS faithful watched the beloved Provo Tabernacle, a community gathering place since the 1850s, burn to the ground in a fire ruled to be accidental. “I remember standing on the sidewalk with so many wonderful people who were taking pictures and crying […]

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    Utah veterans display their patriotism from freeway overpass

    LEHI, Utah – One year ago, Jonathon Walker stood alone of a freeway overpass holding an American Flag. This year, he’s back out there, and this time, he brought company. On Veterans Day 2014, the Utah County veteran set out to honor those who have served and died on behalf of our country, and walked away with a new-found appreciation. “I had a lot of people come up to me on the bridge and talk to me,” he said. “I’ve […]

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    SALT LAKE CITY– A study conducted in Utah reveals air pollution puts a person with heart disease at a high risk of a serious heart attack. With northern Utah’s winter inversions, the report is prompting some worry. The findings aren’t surprising for clean air advocates, but reinforces their argument that bad air has long-lasting impacts on health. Dr. Ken Meredith spoked to FOX 13 News via Skype from Orlando, Fla., where he and other researchers from Intermountain Medical Center laid […]

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    New LDS Church policy on same-sex couples, their children elicits strong reactions

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    Lawmakers checking off to-do list before beginning construction of new Utah State Prison in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY – Plans to move the Utah State Prison to Salt Lake City are moving forward, and on Thursday the Prison Development Commission met at the Utah State Capitol. With plans in place to build the state prison near I-80 and 7200 West, lawmakers finalized the type of construction management process they’ll use. Senator Jerry Stevenson, R-District 21 and president of the Prison Development Commission, says the option they’ve selected allows the state to stay involved in the […]

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    Park City residents urge UDOT to build wildlife fencing after spike in animal deaths

    PARK CITY, Utah – Some people living in Park City are calling on UDOT to tear down a concrete barrier on I-80 and replace it with wildlife fencing. They say in the past couple of weeks, the number of wildlife killed on the interstate has spiked. A place known as the Snyderville Gap stretches 9 miles along I-80 from Parley’s Canyon to Silver Creek. There is no wildlife fencing, and some residents say UDOT needs to install them now because […]

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    New vision under consideration over expansion of Utah’s state parks

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    ATF investigating mysterious burning object that caused fire at West Valley City business

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives know how and where a fire started at a West Valley City business. However, they’re baffled about a mysterious burning object that sparked the fire, and they’re now offering a $10,000 reward in the case. ATF investigators wrapped up their investigation onsite at Nemko, located at 1940 W. Alexander Street, but they’re zeroing in on a crucial piece of evidence. ATF agents rolled into West […]

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    University of Utah football player who saved stranger’s life shares his story

    SALT LAKE CITY – People are calling him a hero, but a University of Utah football player says he just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Seni Fauonuku was hanging out with teammates when he was summoned to help a man who overdosed, and at that point his instincts kicked in. Fauonuku performed CPR and saved the stranger’s life. Seni Fauonuku plays defensive tackle for the Utes, and he’s part of an aggressive squad who […]

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    Utahns searching for new low-cost health coverage after Arches announces closure

    BOUNTIFUL, UTAH – About 35,000 Utahns are scrambling to find health care insurance after Arches Health Plan announced it is closing its doors. The non-profit co-op told customers Tuesday it doesn’t have enough money to continue operating, so they’ll have to find a new plan by January 1. Customers who spoke with FOX 13 say they are stunned. A few weeks ago, they were told premiums were going up 300 percent. Now, they’ve learned the company is shutting down. They’re […]


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