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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
  • Friend of man shot by police in Magna speaks

    MAGNA, Utah – Unified Police shot and killed a man in who they say threatened himself with a knife and ultimately threatened officers in Magna Saturday evening. The deceased was identified as 39 year-old Luis Quintana of Magna. The shooting occurred in the area of 8400 West and 3500 South. Unified Police say they first received reports of Quintana threatening suicide, but when police arrived at the provided location Quintana could not be found. Officers suspended their search in order […]

  • Road work at Farmington’s Park Lane may cause commuters delays

    FARMINGTON, Utah — Summer might have come and gone, but road construction season isn’t over in Utah and a big project is ramping up at a busy intersection in Farmington. Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation said changes on Park Lane in Farmington are long overdue and will make the commute function a bit more smoothly, but the work beginning Monday may mean delays for commuters over the next several months. Vic Saunders, UDOT Project Manager, said the work […]

  • Gov. Herbert discusses health insurance assistance, same-sex marriage

    SALT LAKE CITY – During his monthly news conference, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert spoke about plans to provide health insurance to the poor, same–sex marriage and plans for relocating the state prison. Herbert spoke Wednesday, and the Healthy Utah plan was among the topics he discussed. The proposal is an alternative to state Medicaid expansion and has the backing of the Obama administration, but Herbert said the public will need to weigh in before a decision is made. There will […]

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    Study examines ‘School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah’

    SALT LAKE CITY — If you are suspended or expelled in elementary school, could that determine whether or not you graduate from high school? Researchers at the University of Utah say yes, and they said they’ve got the data to prove it. For the past year Emily Chiang, a University of Utah associate professor of law, and a team of students examined the link between discipline in Utah elementary schools and dropout rates. “Utah is disciplining its most vulnerable children, […]

  • Mom: Missing Murray woman ‘seemed fine’ on the day she went missing

    MURRAY, Utah – Family and friends of a Murray woman who went missing after she left her condo have been searching for two weeks, and they are asking the public for help finding their loved one. Kayelyn Louder, 30, disappeared from her condo September 27, and police said Wednesday the woman had made several false reports during 911 calls and that her roommate said Louder was acting “delusional” in the days before she left her condo. Police said they are […]

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    Possible breakthrough in Ebola treatment discovered at University of Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – Just a day after the first Ebola patient in the US died, there could be a big development in the treatment of the virus. The research is happening right here in Utah. Scientists at the University of Utah  said they believe they have found a way to stop the virus from spreading. They said they have found a “drug target” that is the same on all five varieties of the Ebola virus. If they can find […]

  • A road near Majestic Elementary where parents and officials hope to build a sidewalk for students to use to reach school safely.

    Parents, officials working to improve student safety by adding sidewalk to street

    HARRISVILLE, Utah -– Parents and officials at a school that services three Utah cities are concerned about the potentially dangerous road many children are walking to school on. The students who attend Majestic Elementary School come from Pleasant View, North Ogden and Harrisville, and many who walk to school travel along 2550 North, which is a road that doesn’t have a sidewalk. Dave Wallace, the principal of the school, said they are hoping to change that. “Our school rests in […]

  • Healthy diet, flu shots among tools to fight influenza

    SALT LAKE CITY — Parents want to make sure their children have a fighting chance against the viruses that circulate this time of year. The Centers for Disease Control expects the flu season to hit the U.S. in December, and many respiratory infections are already going around. Kimberley Cunningham is a mother, and she said her family’s choice of food is part of their plan to stay healthy. “Nutrition is important so you have a robust body,” she said. Abigail […]

  • Balloon dilation offers sinus relief

    SALT LAKE CITY – A procedure now being performed in doctors’ offices is helping people breathe a little easier. The process is called a balloon sinus dilation and it is an outpatient procedure that can help alleviate sinus pain. Dr. Nadim Bikhazi, an otolaryngologist at a clinic in Ogden, described the procedure. “What it is is a device that enters the sinus and balloon dilates the openings that have been blocked over time, so essentially it does what sinus surgery […]

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    FDA warns 2 Utah businesses to stop advertising products as Ebola treatments

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning three companies it says are marketing products as possible treatments or cures for Ebola; two of those companies are here in Utah. The FDA said Lehi-based Young Living and dōTERRA International, LLC in Pleasant Grove are promoting products some of their salesmen claim help ailments like Ebola. The products are not FDA-approved drugs. Both companies use independent distributors as their sales force and that’s who the FDA is specifically targeting. Some of the companies’ distributors […]

  • LDS Church History Museum closing for renovations

    SALT LAKE CITY — A place where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints showcases its early years is getting an updated look. The Church History Museum is closing its doors for a year to renovate the building and bring in a new exhibit they hope will attract younger crowds. The museum will close their doors October 6, and the new exhibit will feature new kiosks, interactive maps and other advancements to supplement the historical artifacts in the museum’s […]

  • School defends dress code enforcement after students turned away from dance

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – School officials are sounding off after several girls were turned away from the Bingham High School homecoming dance because of dress code violations. Administrators said they were enforcing dress code standards Saturday night but students claim it was not fairly carried out. Principal Christen Richards-Khong didn’t want to speak on camera but explained to Fox 13 the efforts administrators took to ensure the students knew the dress code policy well before Saturday’s dance. The policy is spelled […]


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