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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
  • Crews train to fight wildfires

    SALT LAKE CITY — Firefighters who work on the front lines of wildfires know the risks involved, so they make sure to keep their skills sharp with regular training. FOX 13 News Tamara Vaifanua was at Camp Williams, were Utah crews were putting their firefighting skills to the test. About 30 firefighters from different agencies trained Friday, see the video above for details.

  • 5 in custody after SWAT activity in Clinton; lockdown at nearby schools lifted

    CLINTON — Lockdowns at two Clinton schools have been lifted after a wanted fugitive and four other people were taken into custody at a nearby home. Clinton police said they received a tip from the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force Wednesday morning that a suspect wanted for an aggravated assault in Roy was staying at a home near Voyage Academy, a K-6 charter school. Both Voyage Academy and Clinton Elementary School were placed on “soft lockdown,” meaning the teachers, staff and […]

  • Woman rescued after Emigration Canyon crash

    SALT LAKE CITY — A woman sustained minor injuries Thursday morning after her car went off the road in Emigration Canyon. Emergency responders from Unified Police and Unified Fire had a difficult time locating the vehicle because it was about 1,000 feet from the road and it was dark outside. Officials said the vehicle traveled several hundred feet through trees and brush after it left the road. The woman was able to call police on her cell phone to seek […]

  • Demolishing park part of plan to reduce crime, benefit community

    KEARNS, Utah – A once beloved place for baseball has declined over the years, but now plans are in the works to restore the fields. Bruce Field in Kearns holds fond memories for many members of the community, but these days the fields are filled with weeds, and graffiti has also become an issue. Playgrounds once filled with kids have become hot spots for drug dealers and gangs. The first step in reconstruction is demolition, and on Wednesday community leaders […]

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    Crews extinguish three ‘suspicious’ fires in Provo

    PROVO, Utah — Fire investigators in Provo said three small fires that broke out early Tuesday morning are “suspicious.” Crews worked quickly to extinguish three small fires in different parts of the city. “None of this surprises me but it saddens me, it makes me sad that people are so willing to destroy everything,” said Lake Raven, who lives near one of the abandoned homes. The first fire broke out shortly before 4:00 a.m. near an abandoned house at 1585 […]

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    Missing Sandy boy found safe

    SANDY, Utah — A Sandy boy who disappeared Tuesday evening has been found safe. Sandy police began searching for 10-year-old Donevin Smith after he was reported missing around 11:30 Tuesday night. According to Sgt. Jon Arnold, a public information officer for Sandy City PD, Donevin’s mother denied the boy’s request to stay at a friend’s house for the night. The child reportedly left that friend’s house and went to another friend’s house to hang out, where he fell asleep. When […]

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    Police: Brothers conspired to sell products stolen from Best Buy

    SALT LAKE CITY — Two brothers were booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail Thursday after they allegedly conspired to sell over $40,000 in Apple products stolen from a Best Buy store in Murray. According to probable cause statements, the store was burglarized on April 7. Investigators learned Robert Paul Tucker was allegedly trying to sell computers that were taken during the burglary. Police made arrangements to purchase the computers, then apprehended Robert and his brother Matthew during a […]

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    Utah drivers prepare: UDOT names top 10 construction projects for 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY — Summer is the season when orange traffic cones seem to sprout along Utah roadways, and officials with the Utah Department of Transportation announced their top 10 statewide projects for the year. Most of the projects have not yet begun, but officials said they are spreading the word so commuters can prepare. “Most of our construction isn’t going on right now,” said UDOT Spokeswoman Elizabeth Weight. “It’ll start in the next month to two months, but we […]

  • UDOT promotes Work Zone Safety Week

    New construction projects are underway across Utah. In an effort to improve safety on the roads, UDOT officials are reminding drivers to be on the lookout for work zones. Officials said it’s important to slow down, pay attention to signs and take your time. They said it will be a temporary inconvenience for a permanent improvement. FOX 13′s Tamara Vaifanua learned more about Work Zone Safety Week Wednesday. Watch her full report in the clip above.

  • Crews work to fix potholes on Utah roads

    Now that it’s officially spring, UDOT crews are trying to deal with potholes that developed on Utah roads during the winter. A harsh winter took a toll on state roads. Moisture turned to ice, which then thawed and cracked the pavement, leaving behind holes six to eight inches deep. UDOT crews fix about 20 to 30 potholes a week. They do most of the repairs during the evening hours, and they are constantly monitoring the roads. Crews are asking residents to […]

  • Spring snowstorm slows commute

    SALT LAKE CITY — Some Utahns woke up to a spring morning full of snow Thursday. Snowy roads led to several accidents in Parleys Canyon and a slow drive on I-15 for others. FOX 13′s Tamara Vaifanua kept an eye on traffic and weather conditions Thursday. Watch her full report in the clip above. Click here for the FOX 13 weather page. 

  • New K-9 facility to be built in honor of Wride, Sherwood

    SPANISH FORK, Utah — Two Utah police officers are being honored Wednesday. A K-9 center is being built in honor of  Sgt. Cory Wride and Deputy Greg Sherwood. Wride was shot and killed while in the line of duty in January, and Sherwood is still recovering from his injuries after being shot on the same day.  The K-9 center has been in the works for years, but the recent tragedy involving Wride and Sherwood put more of a spotlight on the […]