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
  • Big changes in store for Downtown SLC; planners launch ‘Cultural Core’ campaign

    SALT LAKE CITY – Big changes are coming to downtown Salt Lake City. Planners are focused on revitalizing the art and entertainment district – what they consider the “Cultural Core.” They believe the city has a lot of unused space that can be activated in creative ways. From theatrical productions, a night at the symphony and festivals celebrating various cultures, downtown Salt Lake City has a lot to offer. But planners believe they’re just scratching the surface. “One of the […]

  • 3rd Congressional candidate fights traffic ticket; apologizes for courtroom behavior

    SALT LAKE CITY – Audio recordings from inside the Salt Lake City Justice Court reveal Chris Herrod’s frustration with a judge and Utah Highway patrol trooper over a speeding ticket. The hearing took place in April after the former Utah lawmaker was pulled over for speeding on I-15 near I-80 on the morning of February 9, 2017. Chris Herrod, a candidate vying for Utah’s Third Congressional District, was frustrated with a judge during an April hearing over a speeding ticket. […]

  • Forest Service managers hauling tons of garbage out of Utah campgrounds and parks

    SALT LAKE CITY — People are leaving tons of garbage at Utah campgrounds, state and national parks. Public managers are fed up and posted photos on Facebook to drive the point home. It’s the perfect time to get out of the city and venture into the outdoors. But the U.S. Forest Service and Division of Wildlife Resources are seeing the ugly side of people’s recreational activity. Trash and litter is piling up. Photos posted on Facebook show people are leaving […]

  • Man killed in Pioneer Park shooting, suspect on the run

    SALT LAKE CITY – A man is dead after a shooting in downtown Salt Lake City Wednesday morning. Police responded to Pioneer Park near 400 W. 300 S. at about 1:30 a.m. to find a man dead on the sidewalk. Police identified the victim as Shawn J. Manymules, 26. Investigators are interviewing those who heard the gunshots and are trying to gather security camera footage, police said. “UDOT has some cameras, some record and some don’t, so they’re working on that […]

  • Deaths on Utah roads down over Pioneer day weekend compared to last year

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – The Utah Department of Transportation reported three deaths on Utah roads over the Pioneer Day holiday weekend. A motorcycle crash in Midvale claimed one life and a head-on crash in Duchesne claimed two others. That’s compared to nine deaths during the Pioneer Day holiday weekend last year. John Gleason, UDOT spokesman said while the trend is going in the right direction, one death is always one too many. “It’s hard to really celebrate any good news […]

  • Utahns celebrate pioneer heritage at annual Pioneer Day parade

    SALT LAKE CITY — 170 years ago, pioneers arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley. On Monday, Utahns honored their pioneer heritage at the annual Days of ’47 parade. Thousands packed downtown Salt Lake City. Many staked out the perfect spot 24 hours earlier in order to get a front row seat to the parade. “We come down every year and get a spot. Sit out all day long,” said Michelle, a Salt Lake City resident. Over the years, families […]

  • Utah County parents arrested for giving drugs to newborn daughter

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah – Two Elk Ridge parents are in jail after allegedly giving their infant daughter opioids on the day she was born. Authorities said a Walmart robbery is what led them to the parents and tipped them off about the drug crimes. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said Spanish Fork Police were called to a robbery at a local Walmart back on June 26. Walmart employees said the suspect, 29-year-old  Colby Glen Wilde, went into the store with […]

  • Safety leaders ramp up OHV awareness in anticipation of busy Pioneer Day holiday

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – Dozens of people are expected to hit Utah’s trails this Pioneer Day weekend. That’s why U of U Health and the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation are ramping up ATV safety efforts. Riders revved up their off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, under the watchful eye of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. Teachers offer a safety training class where they go over riding techniques and help maneuver riders safely through an obstacle course. In Utah, […]

  • Public safety leaders introduce new group tasked with helping sexual assault victims

    TAYLORSVILLE – A group dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault rolled out some new resources. In an effort to process more sexual assault kits, victims can now work directly with an advocate. The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice announced the creation of a new group called the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, or SAKI. They’re a team dedicated to seeking justice for rape victims. “Studies in Utah indicate that one in eight […]

  • Utah Poison Control fielding dozens of calls from people exposed to algal bloom in Utah Lake

    UTAH LAKE – Dozens of calls are pouring into the Utah Poison Control Center. People claim they’ve been exposed to an algal bloom in Utah Lake. These days there isn’t a whole lot of traffic on Utah Lake.  The Department of Environmental Quality says an algal bloom spotted in Provo Bay back in June has since spread to a majority of the lake. “The levels are such that we`ve issued a warning for the lake,” said Ralph Clegg, Executive Director […]

  • Deaths of Salt Lake City couple may be the result of a murder-suicide

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City police are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife, and said it may have been a murder-suicide. Police responded to a call early Sunday morning at a home on Wasatch Circle, which is off of 1300 S. at about 1650 E. The adult daughter of 64-year-old Mark May and 55-year-old Nancy May discovered their bodies and called police. Police say Mark May committed suicide, but there was no obvious cause of […]

  • Lawsuit filed against state school board over website detailing discipline of Utah teachers

    SALT LAKE CITY – A new website could harm a teacher’s reputation. That’s according to a lawsuit filed by the Utah Education Association against the State Board of Education. The website launched in February of 2017. It’s the first time the state has provided information online about an educator who has been disciplined by the board. The site lists if the educator’s license was suspended or revoked. State school leaders say the purpose of the website is to increase transparency. […]