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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
  • Historic building in Salt Lake City gets modern makeover

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s oldest commercial buildings housed wagons more than 100 years ago, and now it’s undergoing a modern makeover. The 58,000 square-foot building once housed the arts and craft store Zims, and before that, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used it to store wagons and manufacture farming equipment. Impact Hub Salt Lake will move in when the overhaul is finished. It’s a company of entrepreneurs who will use the building as a […]

  • County leaders developing plan for integrated bike paths

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – Salt Lake County leaders say they are paving the way for cyclists to connect to other communities. Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor, spoke Thursday about the county’s vision for bringing all 16 cities in the county into one integrated network of transportation. He said the move will make travel easier and boost safety for everyone on the road. Currently, cities in Salt Lake County have their own paths, and the routes may not match […]

  • UDOT develops app to encourage kids to walk to school

    HOLLADAY, Utah — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) developed a new app to try to get more kids walking to school. Some parents in Holladay have been using the ‘Walking School Bus’ app. “Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen a decrease in the number of kids walking and biking to school by about 65 percent. That`s a big deal,” said Cherissa Wood, UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Manager. UDOT came up with the idea for the Walking School […]

  • Update: Missing jet skiers found in Utah Lake, were in water all night

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah – Search and rescue crews have found the three jet skiers who were missing since Thursday evening. Officials said the group was in Utah Lake all night. One of the men rescued said they tied the two jet skis together and then tied themselves to the jet skis. Crews have not confirmed the condition of the jet skiers. Authorities said the last time the three jet skiers were heard from was 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Sgt. Spencer Cannon said […]

  • Flooding at school

    Crews repairing flooding damage at middle school in Sandy

    SANDY, Utah – Crews worked to clean up a middle school in Sandy after a sprinkler pipe burst Wednesday morning and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. The break caused flooding, and water came past the doors on the lower level of the school. A mechanical room and several classrooms sustained damage due to the 4-6 inches of water that pooled up inside. Jennifer Toomer with Canyons School District said the water was even deeper in some spots. […]

  • Big Budah checks in 18 months after he started Losing for Life

    SALT LAKE CITY — Eighteen months ago, FOX 13’s Big Budah made the life-changing decision to undergo weight loss surgery and begin a new, healthier lifestyle. Since that day, Budah has lost a lot of weight and been able to experience many things he couldn’t do before. FOX 13 News’ Tamara Vaifanua spoke with Budah about his progress and the obstacles still ahead, see the videos above for the update. Budah has also been blogging weekly about his Losing for […]

  • Gov. Herbert signs executive order regarding Utah’s Native American tribes

    SALT LAKE CITY – Members of Utah’s Native American tribes are gathering at Utah Valley University to voice their concerns to state leaders as part of Gov. Gary Herbert’s annual summit. A drum circle and flag ceremony kicked off the 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit, and state leaders and Native Americans said they hope to learn from each other during the two-day meeting. Native American communities said Herbert took a step forward by signing an executive order that will […]

  • Ogden family dog shot

    Update: Family to sue Ogden police after officer shoots pit bull

    OGDEN, Utah – Officers said they shot the dog in self-defense but the pit bull’s owners have a different story. Police were called to do a welfare check at a home near 26th St. and 800 E. at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Police said when the officer passed through the gate at the front of the home, a person in the yard got into an argument with the lawman. Officials said at one point, that person allegedly commanded the 11-year-old dog to […]

  • Red Cross needs blood

    Utah Red Cross asking for donations, concerned about blood shortage

    The American Red Cross is asking for your help here in Utah. Officials said they need more donations to keep the blood banks stocked and are behind on this year’s goal. Every summer the Red Cross comes to expect lower donations than during other parts of the year. School is out, families are traveling and many other things are occupying their time. The organization said now they are especially concerned about the low level of blood donations. Officials said, over […]

  • New store moving in to old Cottonwood mall, others to follow

    HOLLADAY, Utah – A new store is coming to the site of the old Cottonwood Mall. Smith’s Food and Drug has big plans for the property at 4800 S. and Highland Dr. All that remains right now is a Macy’s store. At one time there were plans to rebuild the mall including apartments, residences and offices. Then the recession hit which put plans on hold. Now new owners, the Howard Hughes Corporation, have taken over. The group just announced a […]

  • Power plant in Provo preparing for big changes

    PROVO, Utah – Provo is preparing to phase out their old power plant, which has been around since 1939. Todd Sperry is the plant manager, and he said the facility is ready to be replaced. “I guess you could call this a museum if you’d like, built back in late ‘30s, early ‘40s, so it’s aging,” he said. The old plant and its smokestacks have long been a landmark in Utah County, but officials said the facility is falling apart. […]

  • Fire in West Valley City, officials say blaze began in SUV

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A family in West Valley City woke up early Thursday morning to find flames right at their doorstep. The incident occurred at a mobile home park near 2900 South and 2700 West just before 2 a.m. Homeowner Cindy Selinas said the fire came on a day when they expected to be celebrating. “It’s my husband’s birthday, and my daughter was going to do her first communion today,” she said. A fire broke out in the […]


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