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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
  • Report shows caregivers in Utah shoulder emotional, financial burden

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Taking care of an aging parent can be a balancing act, especially if you work full-time and are raising a family. The AARP of Utah says there are 336,000 Utahns who care for an elderly or disabled parent and provide work that isn’t easy and isn’t cheap. According to the AARP, since 2013, caregivers provided 313 million hours of unpaid family care which comes up to $4.1 billion in economic value. Laura Polacheck, Communications Director […]

  • New center in South Salt Lake assembles resources for refugees under one roof

    SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – Refugees who come to Utah want to fit in, but at the same time, they don’t want to lose their culture. Now, there’s a place they can come together and learn from each other. On Friday, The Granite Education Foundation opened their new Granite Refugee Center. Utah is home to 69,000 refugees from all over the world, and 25,000 of them live within the Granite School District. Coming to a new country, where they may not know […]

  • Non-profit groups call on Utah lawmakers to make decision on Medicare coverage gap

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The debate over providing health care access to tens of thousands of Utahns who fall under the so-called “gap” created by the Affordable Care Act took center stage on the steps of the Utah State Capitol Wednesday. Community leaders represented several non-profit groups, including Alliance for a Better Utah, LDS Democrats, Utah Health Policy Project, HEAL Utah, Lawyers for a Better Utah, Crossroads Urban Center, Equality Utah, League of Women Voters, Hispanic Caucus, Coalition of […]

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    State forest managers lay out plan to reduce risk of wildfires

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – After catastrophic fires in 2012, Gov. Gary Herbert called on Utah forest managers to come up with a plan to reduce the risk of major wildfires. At the capitol on Tuesday, The Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands took the charge and reported its progress to members of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee. Brian Cottam, is the director of State Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands. He told lawmakers […]

  • Pleasant Grove boy tells tale of shark attack

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Twelve-year-old Kysen Weakley of Pleasant Grove is back home recovering after he was bit by a shark while vacationing in South Carolina last month. On June 30, Kysen was playing in knee-deep water with his 7-year-old cousin, when he felt something bite his leg. “It bit me and I turned around and saw it swimming away. Like the fin swimming away and I could have reached out and grabbed the fin. It was that close,” Kysen […]

  • Increasing Latina representation in government among topics at LULAC Convention in SLC

    SALT LAKE CITY — Building a leadership pipeline to get more Latinas involved in politics is one of the main goals of national Hispanic groups, and advocates spoke about the critical need for their voices at this year’s League of United Latin American Citizens Convention, which was held at the Salt Palace. Every census shows the Latina population is growing, yet they are underrepresented not only in national political offices, but on the state and local level as well. “In […]

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    Heavy rains flood home in Woods Cross

    WOODS CROSS, Utah – The heavy rains overnight impacted roads and homes, one in particular in Woods Cross. The owner’s son, Dave Markisich, said at about 4 a.m., a deluge of water came rushing in. “It was like a tsunami, it ran right down the street. It was supposed to go to a retention pond but they didn’t have it tied in yet from the I-15 construction,” Markisich said. He said city crews told him the house flooded because construction […]

  • Residents and power company debate proposed fee for solar panel users

    SALT LAKE CITY — People living in a Glendale neighborhood who use solar power are upset over a proposed fee for solar panel users. Those residents said the proposed fee is unfair, while energy regulators argue customers who don’t generate their own power are picking up the tab for those who do. People living in the Wasatch Commons Community in Salt Lake City have been benefiting from the use of solar power since panels were installed in 2013. They provide […]

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    Pres. Boyd K. Packer’s son speaks on what father did best

    SALT LAKE CITY – President Boyd K. Packer served his faith and family wholeheartedly, that’s the message his son, Elder Allan Packer, shared with Fox 13 as he reflected on his father’s life. It’s been a difficult time for the Packer family losing their patriarch but they’ve found comfort in the thousands of people who have written letters, shared condolences and told stories of their father’s influence. Packer served as the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of […]

  • UHP says 4th of July weekend can be deadly; motorists urged to slow down, stay sober, buckle up

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Highway Patrol troopers are urging motorists to buckle up, slow down and stay sober if they plan to drive this Independence Day weekend. The holiday has already seen several fatal crashes, among them a 51-year-old man who was hit and killed Thursday night as he was pulled over on the Highway 201 near 5600 West to change a flat tire. Police have now identified that man as Graham Ambrose of Sandy. While Ambrose was searching […]

  • Experts demonstrate safe ways to set off fireworks

    SALT LAKE CITY – Wednesday is the first day of the summer holiday season Utahns can legally begin setting off fireworks, and the professionals want to make sure folks are following proper safety procedures. With some help from the Salt Lake City Fire Department, a firework technician gave FOX 13 News a demonstration. “We want to make sure everybody is safe,” said Joee Witter, who is a representative for Phantom Fireworks. Witter met FOX13 at the Salt Lake City Fire […]

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    Warnings and restrictions: Fireworks for July 4 & Pioneer Day

    We are just a few days away from celebrating our freedom and that means it’s almost time to set off fireworks. But before you do, experts have a warning for Utahns. Restrictions: Check here if fireworks are banned or restricted in your area Although fireworks are for sale right now, residents cannot set them off until July 1 to July 7. After July 4, fireworks are allowed again for Pioneer Day from July 21 to July 27. On July 4 […]


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