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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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    Authorities warning parents after woman in truck follows students to school

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – A first grade girl said she didn’t feel safe when a woman in a truck pulled up next to her, rolled down the window, unlocked the doors and just stared at her on the way to school. Officials said the girl ran to her older brother and a group of students who were walking ahead of her. That didn’t stop the driver from following the group. Police said the woman motioned for the students to come to […]

  • Orem Kidnapping

    6 arrested after kidnapping, stabbing in Utah County

    OREM, Utah  – Six people in Utah County are facing aggravated kidnapping and assault charges. The story involved a debt, a stabbing and a 17-year-old held captive. Investigators said they are still working to sort out the details. Police said a 17-year-old girl was kidnapped at about 7 a.m. Sunday near Orem. Later that day, deputies said they were called about a man badly beaten and stabbed. Officials said a debt of some kind was owed to the stabbing victim. […]

  • NSL home demolition action

    North Salt Lake home being demolished after landslide

    NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah – The North Salt Lake home destroyed in a landslide is being demolished Wednesday. At the beginning of August a landslide claimed one home in the Eagleridge neighborhood. Almost 30 residents were evacuated as a precaution. The landslide also damaged the Eagleridge tennis club. Engineers discuss their plan for dealing with North Salt Lake landslide Now the home is being torn down. The city of North Salt Lake says the landslide and damages are not its fault. “Legally […]

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    Utah family comes home to find house trashed, ransacked

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – A West Valley City couple said they were shocked to come home to find their house in shambles, vandalized so severely they can’t stay in it. The Manwills’ furniture and artwork were covered with what appears to be food. They said the suspects tipped over the refrigerator and spread the food all over the house, which is located in the area of 2900 South and Gazelle Road. Officials said the suspects threw a bowling ball through the […]

  • 1300 East construction

    Project along 1300 East a headache for business owners, commuters

    SANDY – Crews have been working to replace an old natural gas line along a busy street in the Sandy area, and the process has created some challenges for commuters and business owners. Questar Gas is replacing a natural gas pipeline, and the work is taking place along 1300 East from about 7800 South to 10100 South. Drivers must detour in portions of the area, which is a headache for some. Alex Wheeler is the owner of Mountain Yoga, a […]

  • A photo of a crash in Logan Canyon August 2 that left 1 dead and 3 injured.

    ‘100 Deadliest Days’ ends Labor Day, officials say fatalities increased on Utah roads in 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY – Labor Day weekend will mark the close of what officials in Utah call the 100 Deadliest Days on Utah roads, and officials said so far nearly one person has died for every day during that period. Utah Department of Transportation officials said that since Memorial Day, which marks the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days, 93 people have died in accidents on Utah roads. Officials said 165 people have been killed on Utah roadways so far […]

  • Sierra and her mom garbage pizza folo

    School district responds after girl with special needs served lunch from trash

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah – An eighth grade student with special needs said she feels too humiliated to return to school after she was served lunch from a trash can, and now school officials are offering further details about the incident and the steps they have taken in response. Sierra Prince attends Pleasant Grove Junior High School, and earlier this week she was served pizza from the trash after she arrived late for lunch. Sierra and her mother spoke to FOX […]

  • Facility in Utah County too backed up to keep accepting green waste

    UTAH COUNTY – A popular dumping ground for green waste in Utah County has closed its gates to residents due to concerns about potential problems. The Timpanogos Special Service District facility in American Fork has had to stop accepting green waste due to an overabundance. Utah County Resident Richard Hawker said that makes the 11 trash cans full of green waste he had in the back of his truck problematic. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, […]

  • Historic building in Salt Lake City gets modern makeover

    SALT LAKE CITY — One of Utah’s oldest commercial buildings housed wagons more than 100 years ago, and now it’s undergoing a modern makeover. The 58,000 square-foot building once housed the arts and craft store Zims, and before that, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints used it to store wagons and manufacture farming equipment. Impact Hub Salt Lake will move in when the overhaul is finished. It’s a company of entrepreneurs who will use the building as a […]

  • County leaders developing plan for integrated bike paths

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – Salt Lake County leaders say they are paving the way for cyclists to connect to other communities. Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor, spoke Thursday about the county’s vision for bringing all 16 cities in the county into one integrated network of transportation. He said the move will make travel easier and boost safety for everyone on the road. Currently, cities in Salt Lake County have their own paths, and the routes may not match […]

  • UDOT develops app to encourage kids to walk to school

    HOLLADAY, Utah — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) developed a new app to try to get more kids walking to school. Some parents in Holladay have been using the ‘Walking School Bus’ app. “Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen a decrease in the number of kids walking and biking to school by about 65 percent. That`s a big deal,” said Cherissa Wood, UDOT School and Pedestrian Safety Manager. UDOT came up with the idea for the Walking School […]

  • Update: Missing jet skiers found in Utah Lake, were in water all night

    UTAH COUNTY, Utah – Search and rescue crews have found the three jet skiers who were missing since Thursday evening. Officials said the group was in Utah Lake all night. One of the men rescued said they tied the two jet skis together and then tied themselves to the jet skis. Crews have not confirmed the condition of the jet skiers. Authorities said the last time the three jet skiers were heard from was 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Sgt. Spencer Cannon said […]


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