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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
  • Juan Garcia puppy death arrest

    Boyfriend arrested after throwing girlfriend’s dog off balcony, killing it

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – A Utah man is in custody after police said he tossed his girlfriend’s dog off a third-floor balcony. Police were called to the Fairstone Apartments near 760 W. and 4400 S. at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Unified police said the couple got into an argument and the boyfriend threw the woman’s dog, “Bell,”off the balcony, killing it. Police have arrested Juan Arturo Anzastiga-Garcia and booked him into jail on the following charges: torture of a companion animal […]

  • Shortest response time ever? Firefighters deal with blaze at their own station

    SALT LAKE CITY – Firefighters are recovering after fighting a fire at their own station. Tuesday morning the crews were called to a fire and little did they know, they were already at the scene. The fire sparked at Station No. 2 near 3rd N. and 270 W. at about 1:30 a.m. Officials said nine firefighters were at the station when the fire started. They moved the fire engine out of the building and immediately went to work on the flames; […]

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    Traffic Alert: Construction project at Point of the Mountain now underway

    If you drive I-15 between Salt Lake and Utah Counties on a regular basis, you’re in for more traffic congestion than usual. Monday, the Utah Dept. of Transportation begins a $247 million construction project at the Point of The Mountain. “Over the next 35 years, we expect Utah`s population to come close to doubling so these transportation projects are critical for today and also for the future to make sure we have that mobility,” Carlos Braceras said, Executive Director for […]

  • Proposed legislation would reduce penalty for carrying a weapon on public transit

    SALT LAKE CITY — A bill making its way through the Utah legislature would lessen the charge of carrying a weapon on a public bus or train from a felony to a misdemeanor, but some Utah lawmakers are expressing reservations. Under current law, carrying a weapon on a public bus or train could net a felony charge, though those with concealed carry permits are exempt. Rep. Norman Thurston, R-District 64, wants to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor. “It’s not […]

  • Bill allowing terminally ill patients the ‘Right to Try” new drugs moves forward

    SALT LAKE CITY – Lawmakers are discussing a bill to allow terminally ill patients to have quicker access to unapproved drugs at the State Capitol. Supporters of this legislation say it gives terminally ill people hope. The patients have exhausted all their options with traditional treatments and some may die while waiting for the next breakthrough or miracle drug. If passed, the “Right to Try” bill would give terminally ill patients quicker access to experimental drugs; drugs that have passed […]

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    Could you pass? Bill closer to changing your school’s graduation requirements

    SALT LAKE CITY – What should Utah high school graduates be required to know before graduating? That is what state lawmakers are discussing Monday at the Capitol. Senate Bill 60 would require students to pass a basic civics test before receiving their diploma. It would be the same test new U.S. citizens are required to pass. Students would study 100 basic facts about America and would be tested on 50 of them. The test would ask questions like, “How many amendments are in […]

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    Alimony bill that has attention of stay-at-home parents moves closer to approval

    SALT LAKE CITY – A bill being discussed at the State Capitol has the attention of stay-at-home parents. The bill could determine alimony payments and affect judges’ rulings. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Keven Stratton, said it give parents who stay at home to care for the children more value in the eyes of the law. Stratton said currently a judge is not obligated to take into account whether a parent is a stay-at-home parent when determining alimony. Judges can certainly […]

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    Utah lawmakers debate raising restaurant servers’ hourly pay to minimum wage

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah lawmakers debated a bill that would raise restaurant server’s hourly pay to minimum wage, and Thursday the measure was defeated in committee. Still, the representative behind the bill said he plans to modify the language and bring the issue back during the next legislative session. One Utah lawmaker said the state can’t afford to leave server’s pay where it is, but opponents of the measure argue that an increase could put restaurants out of business. […]

  • ‘Vulnerable Utah’ bill challenging ‘Healthy Utah’ moves on to Senate

    SALT LAKE CITY – A bill challenging “Healthy Utah” is moving forward on the Hill. Some have dubbed the measure “Frail Utah,” a term the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Allen Christensen, says carries a negative connotation. Christensen renamed the bill “Vulnerable Utah” but the plan remains the same. It would provide health coverage to those below 100 percent of the federal poverty level and considered to be medically frail. “It’s not government’s purpose to provide everything to everyone; it never has […]

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    Warm winter confusing animals, wildlife officials concerned about consequences

    BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah – Bears coming out of hibernation before March and animals mating too soon. Those are just a few of the concerns Utah’s unseasonably warm temperatures are causing wildlife experts. Officials said the spring-like weather is throwing off the animals and they are getting a jump on things they shouldn’t be doing for another month. Wildlife biologists said they are particularly concerned about the early mating patterns of the male sage grouse. The fear is that they […]

  • Forest Service says warm winter weather bad for water supply, tourism

    SALT LAKE CITY — While some of us have been enjoying the mild temperatures this winter, U.S. Forest Service leaders are worried about problems we could face in the spring. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is typically busy year round, with 9.1 million visitors from all across the country. Forest Supervisor Dave Whittekind said that number exceeds attendance at the national parks in Utah. “We estimate about 9.1 million visitors annually on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache,” he said. “That’s more than the Mighty […]

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    Educators meet with state leaders, offer evaluation of Common Core standards

    SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert appointed a team of educators to assess whether Common Core standards were helping or hurting Utah students, and Friday those educators offered their opinions and recommendation to state leaders. Herbert was present with members of the State Board of Education, and he spoke about his primary issue. “This federal overreach is a concern,” he said. Herbert appointed educators to examine the issue due to concerns about the federal government dictating standards without input […]


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