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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    WARNING: Video below could be disturbing to some viewers. WEBER COUNTY, Utah – A video taken after the crash of a semi hauling cattle on Monday is making the rounds on the Internet. It shows a live cow being disposed of, and some are calling it animal cruelty while officials say they had a duty to protect the public. A woman posted the alarming video on Facebook on Monday. A live cow is seen moving around inside a front end loader. […]

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    Oregon standoff: Ammon Bundy asks colleagues to go home

      By Sara Sidner, Dana Ford and Jason Hanna CNN MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Oregon (CNN) — Protest leader Ammon Bundy has asked, through his attorney, that the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon go home. Bundy was arrested Tuesday night during a traffic stop. Another protester was shot and killed during the same stop. “We need to step back. Somebody died yesterday,” attorney Mike Arnold said Wednesday. “Mr. Bundy wants everybody to remember that somebody […]

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    Experts recommend depression screening for pregnant women, new moms

    SALT LAKE CITY– All adults should be screened for depression. That’s one of the recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. This updates the 2009 recommendation that called for screening only if mental health services were in place. For the first time, the panel of experts are including pregnant women and new moms in this group. Jodi Nichol enjoys spending time with her 3-year-old son Will. But when he was born something didn’t feel right. “I had no interest […]

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    Holladay community pays final respects to Officer Barney as funeral procession rolls by

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    Utah Midwives demand changes to ‘restrictive’ licensing rules

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    Investigators identify man who crashed RV into Calvin Rampton Building, shot self in head

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – Utah Highway Patrol has identified the man who crashed an RV into the Calvin Rampton Building Wednesday as 53-year-old Gary Chandler. Following the crash, Chandler took his own life. “Self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, and he died last night in the hospital,” said Daniel Fuhr, a Utah Highway Patrol Superintendent. FOX 13 News does not generally report on incidents of suicide unless there is a broader impact to the public, as in the case of a crash […]

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    Pregnant women who’ve traveled to Latin America, Caribbean urged to get tested for Zika virus

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    Why we mourn celebrity deaths

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    Utah ranks worst in nation for insuring Hispanic children

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    Exhibit at Utah County gallery features work of artists with autsim

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    Study indicates couples should try to conceive within 3 months after miscarriage

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    Utah puts $5 billion annual price tag on cost of sexual violence

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