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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
  • BYU researchers use physics to study the sound of music

    PROVO, Utah — If you stand on one side of a musical instrument it sounds one way, but stand on the other side and it sounds a little different. There is a fascinating science behind the physics of music, and research at Brigham Young University is exploring that science. Judy Garland as Dorothy singing “Over the Rainbow” in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the greatest songs ever recorded. It’s a timeless classic, but Kyle Miller […]

  • Preschool aimed at helping kids who are deaf or hard of hearing loses funding

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A group of parents is upset they’ll have to look for another preschool for their children who are deaf or hearing impaired. Sound Beginnings is funded by the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind, but this year the school is being forced to operate without their financial backing. Parents drove from Logan to Salt Lake City with their little ones to weigh in on their future at the State School Board meeting. They packed […]

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    Utah man seriously injured while making pipe bomb, other bombs found and removed

    RICHFIELD, Utah – Authorities are investigating after a man was seriously injured while making a pipe bomb in Sevier County. Police said they were called to an area near 270 N. 700 E. for a reported fireworks accident where they blew up in a man’s hand Wednesday afternoon. The victim was taken to a local hospital and later flown to a Salt Lake area hospital in unknown condition. As police were investigating, they learned the accident didn’t involve fireworks but a […]

  • Negotiations underway to keep Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City beyond 2016

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake City has been home to the Outdoor Retailer Show since 1996, but there’s talks to move the show outside the Beehive State. The Outdoor Retailer Show is contracted to stay in Salt Lake through August 2016. Tourism leaders would like them to stick around longer, but that all depends on Salt Lake County leaders. The ORS Summer Market is a place where businesses show off their latest outdoor products, not yet made available […]

  • Some Utah school districts facing teacher shortage, officials say

    OGDEN, Utah – With some schools already in session, and others about to start, some districts are facing a teacher shortage. It’s a problem being felt across the state, but some districts are feeling the pinch more than others. Teachers planning on retiring in the next few years are leaving a big hole to fill in Utah classrooms. “Combine that with increasing number of school-aged kids in Utah, and that puts increasing pressure on districts to find teachers,” said Jack […]

  • Breastfeeding mom reportedly kicked out of Layton trampoline park, demands apology

    LAYTON, Utah – A Layton mother is demanding an apology after she says the manager of a trampoline park kicked her out for breastfeeding her 1-year-old son. The incident happened Sunday afternoon at Sky Trampoline Arena in Layton. Sadey Holmes took to Facebook to voice her frustration and has gained a lot of online support. The 21-year-old mother went to the facility with a friend and their two boys. Holmes said she was jumping with her 1-year-old son Madden for […]

  • Cyclists to race 712 miles in 7 days for Tour of Utah

    UTAH — Cyclists from all over the world are gearing up for one of the biggest international races, which is held right in our own backyard. The Tour of Utah begins Monday, and this year the annual event is steering a new course. “We have a tremendous route for tour of Utah: it’s 712 miles long,” said Frank Zang, who is the spokesman for Tour of Utah. Tour of Utah is covering new ground for 2015, and the week-long race […]

  • U of U researchers warn against overusing antibiotics

    SALT LAKE CITY — Antibiotics revolutionized medicine in the 20th Century, practically eradicating diseases such as tuberculosis in the developed world. However, that led to overuse that is causing many diseases to be resistant to the drugs. Dr. Barbara Jones, an assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, spoke about the issue. “Using antibiotics for things that really, it’s not necessary for, so colds, upper respiratory tract infections–these are usually viral […]

  • Gov. Herbert celebrates 10-year anniversary of Native American summit

    OREM, Utah – Gov. Gary Herbert gathered with eight Utah tribal leaders Thursday at Utah Valley University to celebrate a partnership they brokered 10 years ago to create a Native American summit. “I think our Native American summit has fostered better dialogue and better understanding, which is going to give us better outcomes in the future,” Herbert said. The Navajo Nation hosted this year’s gathering. Their theme centered around the Navajo word, Hozho, which means living life in balance and harmony. […]

  • Qualifying families can sign up for free or reduced lunches at Utah schools

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Families who need financial help to feed their students during the school year can now apply for free or reduced price meals. Students on summer break didn’t have to go without lunch, thanks to free meals provided by a state education program. Abigail Woodward, an elementary student from Ogden, appreciated their generosity. “It’s nice just to see a friendly face every day giving you delicious lunch,” Woodward said. With school ramping back up, many families […]

  • Lehi Thanksgiving Point golf course LDS plans

    LDS church puts plans to demolish Thanksgiving Point driving range on hold

    LEHI, Utah – Officials with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say it is putting its plans on hold to demolish a Thanksgiving Point driving range and put two large office buildings in its place. The LDS church was to present its plans with VCBO Architecture at a Lehi City planning meeting July 30 however, the church has withdrawn its request for the hearing. Last week, developers met with residents face-to-face for the first time. Residents voiced their […]

  • Former AG Swallow pleads not guilty

    Former Attorney General Swallow pleads ‘not guilty’ on corruption charges

    SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Attorney General John Swallow pleaded not guilty to the more than a dozen corruption charges against him Monday. The 52-year-old appeared in a Third District courtroom Monday morning for an arraignment hearing. Before walking in, he uttered these three words to the cameras, “I feel great.” Once inside the courtroom, Swallow did not speak during the brief hearing at Matheson Courthouse. His attorney, Steve McCaughey, acted on his behalf, and entered a “not guilty […]

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