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
  • Kearns community launches campaign to prevent underage drinking

    KEARNS – Community leaders in Kearns are taking proactive steps to prevent underage drinking. A deli inside Harmons grocery store in Kearns isn’t the most likely place to hold a news conference, but it served as a backdrop for an important message – underage drinking is a growing problem in Kearns and can no longer be ignored. “Kearns has far as risk factors is above the state average. A lot of those issues stem from poor family management,” said Josh […]

  • Thieves leave load of laundry on porch after snatching package

    SALT LAKE CITY – It’s becoming a common occurrence – people stealing packages off porches. But in this case the thieves left a little something behind – a laundry basket full of clothes. Wayne Bradshaw’s home surveillance system captured a car pulling up to his Salt Lake City home Wednesday evening. A woman gets out of the driver’s side, and a man in the passenger seat emerges from the car and walks up to the porch. He picks up a […]

  • Jazz roll out #Nightlife T-shirts to mock Warriors

    SALT LAKE CITY – There’s no doubt Jazz fans weren’t happy with some of the Warriors players who called Salt Lake City boring. Now, they can express their frustration by sporting a new T-shirt. A single statement by Golden State Warriors player Matt Barnes hit a nerve with Jazz fans. He told ESPN the team would rather play the Clippers instead of the Jazz in the second round of the NBA playoffs because there’s no nightlife in Utah, compared to […]

  • Utah County paves the way for more outhouses

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah – Outhouses in the outdoors — more of them could be popping up in Utah County. Whether you’re spending the day at Sandy Beach on Utah Lake or exploring American Fork Canyon, you could soon take advantage of an added amenity – an outhouse. “The summer recreation season is starting and there is a need in a couple of specific areas right now,” said Ralph Clegg, Executive Director for the Utah County Health Department. He says outhouses […]

  • Leaders reveal plan to free up jail beds in efforts to clean up crime in downtown area

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – A new plan was unveiled to combat crime in the Rio Grande area and keep the right people behind bars. The plan involves more jail beds and a lot of taxpayer money. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams rolled out a new plan aimed at cleaning up crime in the downtown area. “Our capital city is unsafe for families and individuals who are living or visiting there. It’s also not safe for the homeless who are […]

  • Ogden-based Eco Flower feeling customers’ wrath over delayed, damaged orders

    OGDEN, Utah — A Utah company that was featured on “Shark Tank” is getting some bad reviews from customers. Some claim the Ogden-based business Eco Flower isn’t delivering on their promises. In November of 2016 the company tried to convince the Sharks to invest in their flower bouquets, which are made out of recycled and sustainable materials. And they were sold. The national exposure brought in a lot of business. But things took a dive. The Shark Tank deal collapsed […]

  • Pharmacists launch campaign educating people about the dangers of opioids

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah health leaders unveiled a new plan to help fight opioid overdoses. Drop in at any pharmacy across the state during the month of May, and you’ll notice stickers on the bottle caps of prescription opioids. “Every time a patient opens that bottle, they’ll see that sticker and be reminded, ‘Hey, this is kind of a dangerous medication,” said Greg Jones, Director of the Pharmacy at Harmons, and the Chair of the Utah Board of Pharmacy. […]

  • Hikers urged to stay off muddy trails along Wasatch Front

    DRAPER – The recent storm isn’t stopping people from exploring trails, and in the process damaging them. Crews along the Wasatch Front have been busy repairing the damage as they try to maintain the open space. Running through the mud on Brock’s Point Trail in Corner Canyon is a little rough this week, and biking in it is even tougher, but some people can’t resist. “Because it warms up a little bit and then it dries out and then people, […]

  • Utah Motorcycle season in full swing, public safety leaders roll out safety tips

    CAPITOL HILL – The rain didn’t stop the Utah Department of Public Safety, Utah Highway Patrol, and area riders from making a trek to Capitol Hill. They showed up in force to deliver an important message – “If you look twice, you can save a life.” Motorcycle season is underway in Utah, a time for drivers and riders to look out for each other a little bit more. “It kinda takes a little bit to train our brains to understand that […]

  • ‘Principal’s Pantry’ helps feed hungry students at Pleasant Grove school

    PLEASANT GROVE – There are students at Grovecrest Elementary who struggle to get a meal once they leave school, but a new food pantry ensures they don’t have to go without. Since opening in November, the “Principal’s Pantry,” has served 20 students and their families in a closet at Grovecrest Elementary. The pantry is stocked with everything from snacks, cereal, peanut butter, Mac and cheese and ramen noodles. Ryan Green, a teacher, came up with the idea to convert the […]

  • Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve helps Utah students get hands-on with nature

    GREAT SALT LAKE — On the far west side of Layton there’s a nature preserve that’s free and open to the public, and it’s helping to educate future scientists. “It’s a really fun trip for the kids to come out here and get to experience it firsthand,” says Andrea Nelson, community engagement manager for The Nature Conservancy. This past week, kids from Orchard Elementary visited the wide open spaces of The Nature Conservancy’s Great Salt Lake Shoreland Preserve. “These fourth-graders have […]

  • Community raises funds to bring Utahn injured in helicopter crash in Russia home

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah man is hoping to be reunited with his family after he was involved in a helicopter crash in Russia. Mike Trabert’s insurance doesn’t cover the cost of medical transportation, so the tennis community is raising money to bring him home. The 60-year-old managed the Salt Lake Tennis and Health Club at one time and now teaches at the facility. His absence is definitely being felt. Rick Foulger is a long-time friend who works with […]