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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    10,000 new students projected to enter Utah classrooms in 2017

    SALT LAKE CITY – 10,000 new students will be enrolling in Utah schools next year, according to the State Board of Education. That’s like adding a whole other district, and, the question is: How will it be funded? Utah ranks dead last in per-pupil spending nationwide. In order to keep the state from falling further behind, lawmakers will have to shell out $115 million to accommodate 10,000 new students. “Though we are adding every single year, we are not adding […]

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    Utah woman receives death threats after burning flag at post-election rally

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah woman has been receiving death threats after burning an American flag at an anti-Trump rally in Salt Lake City. Hundreds of Utahns marched up State Street to the Utah State Capitol on Thursday in protest of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Crystal Hall was in attendance with some friends. “We have to protest. We have to show that we can`t stand by him no matter what happens,” Hall said. Hall took […]

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    Utah K-9 and handler assist in recovering remains of ‘Piano Guys’ daughter Annie Schmidt

    EDEN, Utah – In Ogden Valley, some 800 miles away from the search of Annie Schmidt in Portland, Oregon, Joe Jennings and his K-9 “Gunny” stepped in and their efforts paid off. Gunny lives in Eden with handler, Joe Jennings. “He’s trained for avalanche, he’s trained for wilderness live find, so finding the person lost in the woods, trained for cadaver search on land and on water,” said Joe Jennings, a K-9 Handler with Great Basin K9 SAR. The duo […]

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    Fatal crashes involving cars and pedestrians on the rise in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — A recent climb in auto-pedestrian accidents has police on edge. Tuesday, a 10-year old girl was hit in Midvale. She’s recovering, but two other children were not so lucky just a couple weeks earlier. Those incidents are cause for concern among state officials and parents in Utah. “We see more pedestrian related crashes around sunrise and sunset,” said Scott Jones, a safety programs engineer for Zero Fatalities. According to new research from the Utah Department of […]

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    Advocates urge Salt Lake City Mayor to fix affordable housing crisis now

    SALT LAKE CITY – A lack of affordable housing and rising rent in Salt Lake City has a group of advocates calling on Mayor Jackie Biskupski to act now. Salt Lake City has a shortage of 7,500 affordable housing units, and a coalition of religious and community groups believe they have the solution to fix it. “I’m not quite homeless, but I’m not exactly middle-class either: I sit right on the cusp,” said Roger Parson, a Salt Lake City resident. […]

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    Orem mother fighting criminal trespassing charges after police say she refused to leave closed park

    OREM, Utah – An Orem mother says she tried to get her autistic son to leave an all-abilities park when police officers asked them to go, but, the boy wouldn’t listen and she ended up getting cited. Weeks before the All-Together Playground opened to the public, the city of Orem handled several vandalism and trespassing cases. People still weren’t getting the message, so they were cited. There was a lot of excitement building up to the October 15th opening of […]

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    Taylorsville man who uses electronic wheelchair pleads with thieves to return it

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Taylorsville man is at a loss after someone stole his electronic wheelchair and independence. Joseph Olson and his family just returned from out of town Sunday evening, so he charged his electronic wheelchair in his carport. But when he woke up the next morning, it was gone. “I’m really at a loss at why someone would take it,” he said. Olson feels helpless. The 8th grade history teacher must now use a back-up electronic wheelchair. “There are […]

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    Carjacking suspect arrested after stealing cars from West Jordan to Taylorsville

    WEST JORDAN, Utah – In just two hours, a suspect carjacked four vehicles from West Jordan to Taylorsville, broke into a woman’s home and held her a knife-point. Officers said a 20-year-old man is in custody. Police said the spree started at 7:20 a.m. when the suspect tried to steal a car parked near West Jordan Middle School. “He went to get in it and saw that there was a number of kids inside that vehicle and got spooked,” Unified […]

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    In show of support, volunteers make ribbon pins for fallen WVC officer’s funeral

    OREM, Utah — The loss of West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson is being felt around the state. It hits close to home for officers and their families in Orem. The Orem Police Women’s Auxiliary group gathered Monday evening to create a small memento for Brotherson’s family and fellow officers. Tricia Breinholt supervises dispatchers at the Orem Police Department. Today, she’s handling a call to action, dear to her heart. She is making Thin Blue Line ribbon pins to show her […]

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    Annual Utah Heart Gallery puts face on need for families willing to adopt

    SALT LAKE CITY — Every child deserves to grow up with a loving family, which is why the Utah Adoption Exchange works tirelessly to find permanent homes for foster children. The Utah State Capitol hosted the 12th annual Utah Heart Gallery, which featured the portraits and stories of children looking for a permanent family. “We match them with local photographers to take a portrait-quality image of them that then we use for recruitment, but then we also have the gallery […]

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    BYU’s plan to build a new pool hits rough water; students, alumni launch online petition

    PROVO, Utah – Upgrade or downsize? There’s division over BYU’s plans to makeover the aging pools at the Richards building. Thousands are showing their support for a larger pool by signing an online petition. For decades, BYU swimmers and divers have made a splash at the Richards Building. Michael King was a member of the 2014-2015 team. “BYU is up and coming,” he said. “They’ve consistently been in the top 20, top 30 in the country the last couple of […]

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    Trailer full of donations for homeless veterans stolen from Layton neighborhood

    LAYTON, Utah — A Layton woman is heartbroken after the trailer carrying donated items she collected for the homeless was stolen. Jen Kirchhoefer’s brand new trailer is easy to spot. It’s wrapped with her picture, a Real Estate business logo, and, on the back, a photo of a horse. “It’s not discreet,” as Kirchhoefer put it. The trailer is carrying precious cargo. “We’ve been collecting canned food items and boxed food items and hats, coats, gloves, boots, scarves,” Kirchhoefer said. […]