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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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  • Red Cross needs blood

    Utah Red Cross asking for donations, concerned about blood shortage

    The American Red Cross is asking for your help here in Utah. Officials said they need more donations to keep the blood banks stocked and are behind on this year’s goal. Every summer the Red Cross comes to expect lower donations than during other parts of the year. School is out, families are traveling and many other things are occupying their time. The organization said now they are especially concerned about the low level of blood donations. Officials said, over […]

  • New store moving in to old Cottonwood mall, others to follow

    HOLLADAY, Utah – A new store is coming to the site of the old Cottonwood Mall. Smith’s Food and Drug has big plans for the property at 4800 S. and Highland Dr. All that remains right now is a Macy’s store. At one time there were plans to rebuild the mall including apartments, residences and offices. Then the recession hit which put plans on hold. Now new owners, the Howard Hughes Corporation, have taken over. The group just announced a […]

  • Power plant in Provo preparing for big changes

    PROVO, Utah – Provo is preparing to phase out their old power plant, which has been around since 1939. Todd Sperry is the plant manager, and he said the facility is ready to be replaced. “I guess you could call this a museum if you’d like, built back in late ‘30s, early ‘40s, so it’s aging,” he said. The old plant and its smokestacks have long been a landmark in Utah County, but officials said the facility is falling apart. […]

  • Fire in West Valley City, officials say blaze began in SUV

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A family in West Valley City woke up early Thursday morning to find flames right at their doorstep. The incident occurred at a mobile home park near 2900 South and 2700 West just before 2 a.m. Homeowner Cindy Selinas said the fire came on a day when they expected to be celebrating. “It’s my husband’s birthday, and my daughter was going to do her first communion today,” she said. A fire broke out in the […]

  • SLC Fire treats a dog for dehydration on a city trail. Courtesy of SLC Fire

    1 dog dead after suffering from dehydration, fire officials say

    SALT LAKE CITY — One dog is dead after suffering from dehydration on a Salt Lake City trail Tuesday evening, officials said. Two dogs were being walked by a family friend on the Living Room Trail when they started to suffer from dehydration. Salt Lake City firefighters hiked two to three miles above the University of Utah to treat the animals. Jasen Asay with Salt Lake City Fire said the 140-pound dogs had to be carried down the trail. Firefighters […]

  • Drill helps people prepare for heart attacks

    TOOELE, Utah – Health experts say knowing the signs of a heart attack can be crucial in getting someone the care they need, and on Thursday a mock heart attack drill was held to educate people about the warning signs. Bruce Bird, 79, participated in the drill by pretending to have a heart attack while standing in line at a grocery store, and others rushed to his aid as part of the practice. Dr. Robert Garr is a cardiologist at […]

  • Utah lawmakers discuss issues regarding grazing, public lands

    SALT LAKE CITY – In the wake of the showdown between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and officials with the Bureau of Land Management, Utah lawmakers are making sure they know all of the facts when it comes to grazing rights in the state. Members of the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee listened to those involved with grazing in Utah Wednesday. According to the Utah Farm Bureau, grazing has decreased by two-thirds since the ‘40s and U.S. beef herds […]

  • Officials, volunteers gather geese for relocation

    SALT LAKE CITY – A group of geese at Liberty Park have over stayed their welcome, and wildlife officials are working to relocate the fowls. Officials said there are too many in the area and that the birds are noisy and messy. Officials with the Division of Wildlife loaded up in canoes Friday morning to remove the bird’s from the water as part of an annual roundup. The birds were then corralled and will be transported to places like Clear […]

  • Nathan Fletcher stands with his attorney John Allan as he makes his initial court appearance in Provo on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Fletcher is alleged to have sexually assaulted multiple women at BYU. Photo: Jeremy Harmon, The Salt Lake Tribune / Pool

    Man suspected in BYU groping incidents appears in court

    PROVO, Utah — The man accused of groping several students on Brigham Young University’s campus appeared in court for the first time Thursday. Nathan Fletcher walked into the courtroom with his wife by his side. The 23-year-old faced a district judge for the first time since being accused of sexually assaulting 16 women on the BYU campus between January and March of 2014. Fletcher’s attorney, John Allan, said prosecutors are basing their case on weak evidence and that they have […]

  • Pregnancy Risk Hotline marks 30 years of service

    SALT LAKE CITY – A hotline that was created to help answer questions regarding pregnancy is celebrating three decades of work in Utah. Former First Lady of Utah Norma Matheson took the first call for the Pregnancy Risk Hotline 30 years ago, and Friday she returned to help mark the anniversary. “The people calling in now will probably be the babies who were being called about 30 years ago,” she said. The Utah Department of Health and the University of […]

  • Mother speaks out about motorcycle safety after son killed in crash

    TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A Taylorsville mother who lost her son in a motorcycle accident is reminding riders to be safe. The 22-month-old boy, RJ, died after his father, Shannon Terrell Moore, took him on a motorcycle ride and crashed in August 2012. Moore was charged with child abuse homicide and other misdemeanor charges including driving under a suspended license and not having his son wear protective head gear. RJ’s mother, Sequoia Moore, doesn’t want other parents to experience the pain […]

  • Friday marks opening of ‘100 Deadliest Days’ on Utah roads

    SALT LAKE CITY – Friday is both the start of Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of what officials call the 100 Deadliest Days on Utah roads. Public safety officials said the 100 Deadliest Days begin Friday, and Utah typically sees about 35 percent more fatalities during that period, which ends on Labor Day. Utah Department of Transportation officials said 64 people have died on Utah roads this year, compared to 51 deaths during the same time period in 2013. […]


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