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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    Somali refugee reunites with family in Utah after being in limbo

    SALT LAKE CITY – A day after a federal appeals court ruled against reinstating President Trump’s travel ban, Utah welcomed its newest refugee. Abdisellam Hassen Ahmed has been separated from his wife and daughter for two years. Nimo Hashi waited nervously for her husband Sellam to arrive at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Her two-year-old daughter, Taslem, will meet her father face-to-face for the first time. “Sellam was scheduled to arrive last Sunday, and when the executive order came […]

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    Police search for suspect who burglarized Brigham City bar

    BRIGHAM CITY – Brigham City Police are searching for a suspect who broke into B&B Billiards and took off with a safe full of money, and they’re working with Roy Police to see if the case could be connected to recent burglaries in Roy. Since the early 1920s, B&B Billiards has been a fixture in Brigham City. The local gathering place is now the focus of a police investigation. Owner Annette Jones got a phone call on the morning of […]

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    Local company lands grant to purchase CNG vehicles

    SALT LAKE CITY – Cleaner transportation can come at a high cost for businesses and local government agencies. That’s why the Division of Air Quality is awarding three grants totaling $350,000 to ease that burden. Momentum Recycling is one of the grant recipients. The small business says the money will help them reach their goal of having an entire CNG fleet by 2020. “We pick up green waste and recyclables from businesses, nonprofits, governmental agencies here in the greater Salt […]

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    Utah teens compete to produce art on a deadline

    SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of artists from eight different high schools in the Granite School District competed in the ‘art night Olympics’ earlier this week. Students had four hours to complete works of art to earn awards and create memories. The competition provides students the opportunity to work under a tight deadline and with professional artists, who also judged the competition. More than 80 students competed in 11 different categories, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed-media. “I think […]

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    Concussion awareness in the spotlight during Super Bowl weekend

    SALT LAKE CITY – With Super Bowl 51 this weekend, the University of Utah is raising awareness about concussions suffered during sporting events. As many former and current NFL players are experiencing years-worth of concussions, the NFL has invested in traumatic brain injury research leading to changes in the game to protect players. They took direction from Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, a professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and world renowned expert on concussions. He was part of a panel discussion held at […]

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    Parents call on Granite School District to change policy barring girls from wrestling

    MAGNA – A 7th-grader is fighting to be allowed to wrestle in the Granite School District. Kacy Mecham would have been participating in Matheson Junior High’s first wrestling meet of the season Thursday, but a policy is holding her back from pursuing her passion. As the only girl among her siblings, Kacy followed her brother’s lead. “My older boys started wrestling and she just followed along,” said Kenny Mecham, Kacy’s father. She’s wrestled competitively for several years now. The 12-year-old […]

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    Utah judge grants temporary order allowing teen girl to wrestle on junior high team

    LAYTON – A junior high student will be able to try out for her school’s wrestling team after a judge granted a temporary restraining order regarding the family’s lawsuit against the school district. Kelly Janis told Fox 13 News Thursday evening that a judge granted the temporary restraining order allowing her daughter, Kathleen, to wrestle on the team. The family filed a lawsuit after Kathleen was denied a spot on the team this year and last year. The restraining order allows […]

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    Refugee resettlement Utah programs in limbo after immigration ban

    SALT LAKE CITY – Following President Trump’s executive order barring refugees from coming into the U.S., Utah refugee programs are at a loss of what to do. The order denies entry to all refugees for 120 days. Entry is also barred into the U.S. for 90 days from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Catholic Community Services of Utah described the fallout from President Trump’s executive order as “chaos and confusion.” Director of Immigration and […]

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    ‘Shots Fired’ premieres at Sundance Film Festival, show examines racial tension in U.S.

    PARK CITY, Utah — The Sundance Film Festival is known for introducing innovative films and break-out performances bound for the big screen. But a premier held earlier this week was an exception, as it was actually the first episode of a new TV show called “Shots Fired”. Sanaa Lathan, an actress on the project, described the premise. “It’s about what’s going on in this country,” Lathan said. “It’s about all the racial tensions and all the pain that everybody is […]

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    Unified Police administer Naloxone for first time, save life of overdosing man

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – For the past two weeks, the Unified Police Department has been training its officers on the use of Naloxone. On Thursday evening, the training came in handy. An officer administered the life-saving drug for the first time after receiving a call from a man in Taylorsville whose friend overdosed on heroin. “We get there and find very shallow breathing,” said Lt. Brian Lohrke, a public information officer for Unified Police Department. The officer used the nasal […]

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    BYU alumni disappointed over school’s plans to upgrade pool facility

    PROVO, Utah – A group of BYU alumni says the swimming program is in jeopardy because the school isn’t willing to invest in building a suitable pool facility. For the past 50 years, BYU students, athletes and local schools have used the pool at the Richards Building, and its age is starting to show. Administrators plan to knock down the three pools and 2,000-seat spectator area and replace it with a design that combines it with the dive tank and […]

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    ‘Stop Opidemic’ campaign launched to combat Utah’s opioid epidemic

    SALT LAKE – In Utah, we’re losing six people a week to opioid addiction. Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health unveiled a new campaign called “Stop the Opidemic.” Utah has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. According to the Department of Health, from 2013-2015, 268 Utahns died from prescription opioid overdose, 127 died from illicit opioids such as Heroin, and 10 deaths involved prescription and illicit opioids. Utah ranks 7th highest in the nation for drug overdose deaths. Dr. […]