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
  • Leaders encourage Utah shoppers to buy local this holiday season

    SALT LAKE CITY – If camping outside a store or sitting online for hours to score Black Friday deals isn’t your thing, locally owned businesses are hoping you’ll give them a try. A year ago, Melinda Meservey quit her corporate job and opened up Thyme & Place on 362 East 900 South. “It`s a botanical boutique offering plants, gifts and get-togethers.” Meservey says she gives customers a one-of-a kind experience they won’t find anywhere else. “It also gives us a […]

  • Don’t let the winter blues get you down this holiday season

    SALT LAKE CITY – We’ve had an unseasonably warm weather, but with winter weather coming, some people can experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. As the days get shorter and colder, the winter blues can set in. “It does really exist,” said Jenn Oxborrow, a therapist at The Lotus Center. She helps people suffering from SAD. It’s a form of depression that hits during the fall and winter months. The exact cause of the condition is not known. Doctors say […]

  • Utah researchers re-harvest ancient potato

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s love for potatoes dates back 11,000 years ago. Researchers from the Natural History Museum of Utah and Red Butte Garden found evidence of small spuds growing in southern Utah and shared their first harvest with the media on Wednesday. Bruce Pavlik, a botanist at Red Butte Garden showed off the “Four Corners Potato” – the earliest known potato discovered in southern Utah. “Literally, one tuber planted for 8 months can produce hundreds of little baby […]

  • New medical school slated to open in Utah County

    PROVO, Utah – Provo will soon be home to a new medical school. The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine will open in 2021 with a class of 150 students. Wasatch Educational came up with the concept for the for-profit school. They announced Tuesday that the Ray and Tye Noorda Foundation donated $50 million. They are the founders of the Utah-based software company, Novell. “We believe that the medical school will inspire and motivate local students to pursue a career in […]

  • Utah study shows your blood type and air pollution could put you at higher risk for heart attack

    MURRAY, Utah – When it comes to the effects of air quality, it could come down to your blood type, according to a new study conducted by Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and B.Y.U. Dr. Benjamin Horne is the lead investigator of the study, and is a clinic epidemiologist at IMC’s Heart Institute. He studied 14 years of patient records and pollution data from monitoring centers across the state. From that, he discovered people with three blood types – A, […]

  • Work on I-15 Technology Corridor expected to begin in Spring 2018

    LEHI – Plans are moving forward to ease congestion in Lehi with the I-15 Technology Corridor project. A Utah Department of Transportation video illustrates the urgency to fast-track the I-15 Technology Corridor project. It stretches from Lehi’s Main Street to SR 92 – Timpanogas Highway. UDOT has selected Ames Construction and Wadsworth Brothers Construction as the design-build contractor team for the I-15 Technology Corridor project. Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2018 and last through 2020. #keepingutahmoving https://t.co/BHAfh8h6u4 — […]

  • Survey reveals some BYU students are not reporting sexual assaults due to fear of honor code violations

    PROVO – Earlier this year, BYU surveyed students about sexual assault. This after the school faced backlash over how it handled sexual assault investigations. While BYU says they’re trying to create a campus climate where students feel comfortable reporting sexual assaults, the survey shows they have a lot of work to do. According to the survey, 64% of students who experienced unwanted sexual contact said they did not report it. “It’s heartbreaking that we have unwanted sexual contact on our […]

  • State audit reveals child care centers and assisted living centers fall short in protecting children, the elderly

    SALT LAKE CITY – Some state programs tasked with caring for Utah’s vulnerable populations are falling short, putting them at risk. That’s according to a new audit conducted by the legislative auditor general. In the 72-page audit, they took a closer look at specific programs managed by the Division of Family Health and Preparedness to make sure they’re operating effectively. When it comes to Utah child care centers, auditors found those who violated safety standards repeatedly do not face strong […]

  • Climate change declaration signed by Utah business and civic leaders

    SALT LAKE CITY – Top leaders in Utah business and government pledged to tackle climate change by signing a declaration, called Path to Positive Utah. The line-up included leaders from Goldman Sachs, Rio Tinto and the mayors of Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City. Sarah Wright, executive director of Utah Clean Energy is leading the charge. “What’s significant here is that here in a conservative state we have leaders of all stripes from a diversity of community groups and […]

  • Provo Police arrest suspect accused of sex assault in Rock Canyon

    PROVO,  Utah – Police have arrested a suspect accused of sexual assault in Rock Canyon, 34-year-old Wayne Ray Leas. Police said Leas allegedly sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman after he trapped her in a public restroom at the Rock Canyon Trailhead in Provo and threatened her with a large knife last week. Provo Police say the victim and her friend were able to provide a good description of the suspect, which led to a quick arrest. On Friday, police released […]

  • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition concerned about rising number of domestic violence related deaths

    SALT LAKE CITY – Tragedies like the possible murder-suicide that happened in Mapleton can leave loved ones of victims wondering if they could have helped or prevented it. Victim’s advocates are very concerned about this epidemic. Last year, deadly domestic violence incidents claimed the lives of 27 people in Utah. With the most recent cases in Mapleton, we’ve reached 40 so far this year. Fox 13 spoke with Utah’s Domestic Violence Coalition. While they don’t know the specifics about the […]

  • Phase 3 of ‘Operation Rio Grande’ focuses on job training for homeless population

    SALT LAKE CITY – Phase 3 of Operation Rio Grande is underway, and it focuses on getting homeless people off the streets and into the workplace. The idea behind the program “Dignity of Work,” is that when you give a person struggling with homelessness a job, you give them back their dignity. “I was an addict: Homeless and unemployed for many years,” said Maurice Egan with The Other Side Academy. Egan brings his real-life perspective to the group heading up […]