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
  • Boy Scouts of America announces name change, new ‘Scout Me In’ initiative

    IRVING, Texas — Boy Scouts of America announced some major changes to its organization Wednesday, including a new name for its program for older youth. The Boy Scouts program will become “Scouts BSA” starting February 2019, a statement from Boy Scouts of America said. “As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible. That is why it is important that the name for our Scouting […]

  • Softball community rocked by possible sexual assault of teenager at Murray softball fields

    MURRAY, Utah – A softball community is on high alert after learning police are investigating a possible sexual assault after a high school softball game. Police said it occurred in the restrooms at the Murray softball fields behind Riverview Jr. High on April 25. Murray and Taylorsville youth leagues also play on those fields and alerted players, coaches and parents about the incident. Natalie Mowbray is the president of the Taylorsville fast-pitch softball league. She received an email from the […]

  • CDC report shows increase in autism rates among children

    OREM, Utah – A new report released by the CDC shows autism rates among children are on the rise. The study shows 1 in 15 children are autistic – that’s up from 1 in 68 in 2014. The study focused on 8- year-olds in 11 states. New Jersey had the highest rate of the disorder, Arkansas had the lowest. Utah wasn’t included in the study but has a high prevalence of autism. Autism encompasses a range of social, behavioral, and […]

  • Taggers target homeowners and law enforcement vehicles in Spanish Fork

    SPANISH FORK, UTAH – Spanish Fork Police are looking for two suspects who tagged several fences and vehicles Thursday night, and they believe the vandalism is gang-related. It was all hands-on deck for people living in the Spanish Fork neighborhood near 200 South 800 West. “My husband left for work this morning and told me we had graffiti on our fence,” said Cecilee Cannon. They’re cleaning up a mess left behind by taggers and the messages weren’t very nice. “I […]

  • Utah Metro Gang detective shares insight about the fight to prevent gang membership

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – The Utah Gang Conference is an opportunity to spotlight those on the front lines who are making a difference in their community. Detective Esekia Afatasi, known as Skee, is someone who has made an impact in helping kids stay away from gangs. In 2009, Afatasi led the gang unit in Kearns and Magna. “I started a localized gang unit which comprised of just patrol officers,” he said. “I dealt with a lot of Polynesian youth. They […]

  • Utah students test ‘Mission to Mars’ project at Weber State University

    OGDEN, Utah – Does life exist in outer space? Dozens of students in northern Utah explored the possibility at Weber State University. For the past six months, students have been working in the classroom designing their habitats, and Wednesday they got to put their mission into action. The fifth graders filled the Swenson Gym building with inflatable plastic habitats aimed to simulate those that might support life on Mars. “They’re 12-feet by 12-feet by 8-feet high; It’s just plastic and […]

  • Shortage of volunteer firefighters puts strain on upcoming wildfire season

    SALT LAKE CITY – Utah firefighters are gearing up for a busy wildfire season, but their ability to battle fires is in jeopardy.  Local fire departments don’t have enough volunteer firefighters and worry there’s no easy solution. “We`ll expect to see some fires as temperatures warm up,” said Jason Curry, Utah Division of Forestry Spokesperson. Curry says the wildfire season could be especially difficult. To make matters worse, there’s a shortage of volunteer firefighters. “Our volunteer firefighters are our first […]

  • Canyons School District sends warning on new season of controversial series ’13 Reasons Why’

    SANDY, Utah – Some Utah schools are concerned over the Netflix hit, “13 Reasons Why” after it sparked a national debate about mental health and suicide when it debuted last year. Before season two airs sometime this year, Canyons School District is arming parents and teachers with some tips on how to address it with students. The exact plot of season two of “13 Reasons Why” is not known, but the trailer suggests a school shooting storyline – among the […]

  • Students at Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning walk to raise awareness and acceptance of their condition

    SALT LAKE CITY — 16,000 blue flags are flying on the lawn outside the Carmen B. Pingree Autism Center of Learning. Each flag represents a child in Utah with what’s called Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s more common in Utah than in the nation as a whole. “The national rates of autism are one in 68 and here in Utah one in 58 kids are diagnosed with autism” Julia Hood, chief clinical officer at the Pingree Center said.  “Sso our rates […]

  • Utah 7th grader with autism gearing up for SLC half marathon with help from a stranger

    SALT LAKE CITY – A 12-year-old boy with special needs will be competing in the 15th annual Salt Lake City half marathon Saturday, and a stranger is giving him a big boost to help him across the finish line. Inspired by a friend with Down syndrome, Tim Boyle created the program I Run 4. He matches runners with a child or adult with special needs. “The runners and the other athletes dedicate all their miles and their workouts to the […]

  • Provo officials respond to sexual harassment lawsuit against former police chief, Provo City

    PROVO, Utah – Provo City officials are responding after five women filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Provo Police Chief John King and Provo City. The lawsuit also accuses then-Provo Mayor John Curtis of sweeping the allegations under the rug. Curtis is now a congressman and denies it; King resigned last year. Provo City is filing a response Thursday to the women’s complaint brought against the city and King. The attorney for Provo City, Heather White, says the city […]

  • Utah native who interned for Bush family remembers Barbara as ‘the enforcer’, a ‘compassionate public servant”

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah native who served as an intern for the Bush family shared her favorite memories of Barbara Bush. Catie Hinckley Kelley, a Highland High School graduate, interned for the Bush family in the summers of 2001-2003. She worked at their family compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. Kelley spoke to Fox 13 via Facetime from her Washington D.C. home. “I went to undergraduate college in Maine, and I wanted to stay in Maine for […]