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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.

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    SALT LAKE CITY – As Utahns dig themselves out of the snow, local businesses are trying to keep up with the demand for supplies to remove snow. Shoveling snow from driveways can be a pain for a lot of folks, and sometimes it seems like it’s never ending. But, the latest round of storms has been good news for retailers. Olga Kononova has cleared the snow from her Salt Lake City driveway. “I’ve been out here for a little under […]

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    Woman rescues man in wheelchair after robbery; SLC Police search for suspects

    SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Police are looking for three men who knocked a man out of his wheelchair and robbed him. The incident happened Tuesday around 5 p.m. near 521 South 500 East. Arwen Crosby heard the victim’s cries for help from her apartment window. “It was pretty heartbreaking to see,” Crosby said. The disabled man was out of his motorized wheelchair, laying in the snow. “I went over to the market and grabbed somebody who was […]

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    SALT LAKE CITY — The New Year has brought a new phone scam consumers need to watch out for. The Utah Department of Commerce learned about the scam from a former state utilities employee. Someone called his cell phone pretending to be from a fake government agency called “Utah Public Utilities Commission.” The caller urged the man to get in on a special solar energy deal. “This comes across as a very credible phone call to the Utah Public Utilities […]

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    WVC police cite dozens of teens after New Year’s Eve party grows out of control

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A house party starting with a few teens grew to 80 people, and 60 of them were ticketed for underage drinking and drug use by West Valley City police. Neighbors told FOX 13 they saw 20 police cars in the West Valley City neighborhood near 4958 South Piney Park Circle after a New Year’s Eve party got out of hand. “Around 11:30 at night on New Year’s Eve, we received multiple calls about a loud party […]

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    Dozens of homes in Woods Cross sinking; residents demand answers

    WOODS CROSS, Utah — Sinking foundations, cracks in walls and ceilings. Homes in the Farm Meadows subdivision in Woods Cross have severe damage, but no one knows exactly why. The neighborhood was developed in the 1990s. As of two years ago, homeowners Richard and Karen Bennett started noticing cracks in their ceilings and walls, and called a contractor. Their floors began sagging too. It turns out they’re not alone. Neighbors lodged similar complaints with the city. “It’s around 20 that […]

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    Utah families impacted by organ donation honored at special holiday event

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    Doctors discover possible breakthrough in preventing SIDS

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    ‘Santa’s Brigade’ delivers holiday cheer to 300 kids in foster care

    MURRAY, Utah – Some foster children in Utah won’t have to go without this holiday season, thanks to airmen from Hill Air Force Base and athletes from the University of Utah. They’re part of Utah Foster Care’s Santa’s Brigade. Their mission is to make the holidays a little brighter for kids who are trying to adjust to a new home. Santa’s Brigade spread holiday cheer to 300 kids in foster care in Northern Utah as University of Utah athletes delivered […]

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    Layton man’s donation wipes out delinquent lunch balances for hundreds of students

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    Elementary students join air quality managers in push to clean Utah’s air

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    Study shows traditional preparation of Kava may help prevent cancer

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    Utah doctors see uptick in flu cases, expect even more in the coming weeks

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say reported cases of influenza are slowly rising across the country. In Utah, 31 patients who visited Intermountain Health Care clinics and hospitals last week tested positive for influenza. The numbers aren’t particularly high right now, but doctors say that could all change. “We may have caught a little bit of a break with a mild November, but as we get into the depths of winter with colder air, […]