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
  • Bill aimed at campus reporting of sexual assault dies in committee

    CAPITOL HILL – Advocates for sexual assault victims are claiming victory after a senate committee tabled a bill involving the reporting of sexual assaults on college campuses. “The Utah Coalition is very happy today,” said Turner C. Bitton, Exec. Dir. Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault. With time running out this legislative session, lawmakers tabled HB 254. The bill would have allowed a Utah college or university to report sexual assaults on campus to police – even if it’s against the […]

  • Salt Lake City implements gender pay equity policy

    SALT LAKE CITY — Men and women who work for Salt Lake City and do the same work will be paid the same. That’s because Mayor Jackie Biskupski signed a new gender pay equity policy for the city, and it came on the first day of Women’s History Month. Mayor Biskupski was surrounded by female leaders of city departments and agencies when she put pen and ink to the new policy. “We did some research and we discovered that we […]

  • Intermountain Healthcare launches virtual hospital

    MIDVALE – You could call it a hospital without beds. Intermountain Healthcare launched its first virtual hospital called Connect Care Pro. “We’ve been providing tele-medicine services for over five years, but a lot of those services are created in different parts of the organization,” said Jim Sheets, VP of Outreach Services at Intermountain Healthcare. Medical teams will provide tele-health programs to all 21 Intermountain hospitals in Utah and Idaho. Patients can receive more virtual care in areas such as critical […]

  • Taylorsville family nearly loses house and dogs in fire, then looters strike

    TAYLORSVILLE – A Taylorsville family is dealing with a rash of bad luck. First, their home caught fire and then it was looted. Jessica Boehme and her husband have lived in their Taylorsville home for almost a year. They’ve only met a few of their neighbors, but that all changed when tragedy struck on Feb. 23. Boehme got a phone call from her neighbor saying her house was on fire. She and her husband rushed home from the store. “As […]

  • BYU student turns campus into a controversial art project – displaying lack of female representation

    PROVO – A BYU student’s art project is stirring up a conversation about the lack of female representation on campus. Alyson Adams is an elementary education major. As part of the senior’s art education course, she was asked to create “Guerilla Art.” “You do art in public spaces where people can see it and cause questions to be asked,” said Adams. Adams decided to explore female presentation on campus – are buildings named after women? Are there statues of women? Last […]

  • Reno Mahe family sues companies over blinds that led to death of 3-year-old daughter

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Former BYU running backs coach Reno Mahe and his wife have filed a lawsuit naming several companies in the death of their daughter Elsie, who died of strangulation after becoming entangled in window blinds in 2016. According to documents filed in Third District Court Thursday, the Mahe family is suing several companies involved in the manufacture of the window coverings in question. The lawsuit names Blindvision, Century Blinds, Hunter Douglas Inc., Hunter Douglas Fabrication Company, […]

  • Residents concerned about proposal to build mixed-use development at old Kmart in West Valley City

    WEST VALLEY CITY – There are big plans for an old Kmart in West Valley City, but some neighbors are not on board. Since closing over a year ago, the Kmart located at 1770 West 4100 South has become an eyesore. “It’s fallen into quite a bit of disrepair and so we can’t stand by and not take action anymore,” said Jeff Jackson, West Valley City Business Development Manager. West Valley City is proposing a mixed-use development on the 13-acre […]

  • Parents demand answers after police investigate possible threat at middle school

    SANDY, Utah – Some parents are upset at Canyons School District for not telling them sooner about a possible threat at Eastmont Middle School. Sandy Police say a parent tipped them off Tuesday evening after seeing an alarming post from a student claiming there would be a shooting on campus. “There’s no joking matter about it,” said Sgt. Jason Nielsen, a Public Information Officer for Sandy Police. Police tracked down the students involved and ultimately didn’t consider the threat credible. “We […]

  • Heating assistance program on chopping block of President Trump’s budget

    SALT LAKE CITY – A critical program that provides heat assistance for Utah’s poor and elderly populations could be cut under President Trump’s budget. “This is the first time we’ve done this. Needed help with utilities,” said Shirley and Richard Tonge. Like millions of Americans, the Utah couple can’t afford to pay their heating bills. “Normally, it would be around $50 a month, this last time it was $214,” Tonge said. A program known as LIHEAP – Low-income home energy […]

  • New first of its kind mobile app in Utah aims to help victims of sexual assault

    SALT LAKE CITY – There’s a new mobile app available for survivors of sexual assault who are trying to heal. The Utah Coalition against sexual assault launched the “You Are a Survivor” mobile app. It’s the first of its kind in Utah. “We want them to control this process. We want them to have resources at their fingertips, and determine if they want to move forward,” said Turner Bitton, UCASA, executive director. By accessing the app, survivors can learn how […]

  • USU investigating allegations of sexual assault, harassment of former students

    LOGAN, Utah – An investigation is underway at Utah State University after former students accused music professors of sexual assault and harassment on social media. Whitney Griffith shared what she described as one of the darkest moments in her life on Facebook. In 2009, the USU student wrote she was sexually assaulted by an instructor in the piano department. She reported it to the school’s Title IX office and law enforcement and eventually left the school. But she claims students […]

  • Park City Police promotes first Pacific Islander Lieutenant

    PARK CITY – It’s been a historic day for the Park City Police Department. They promoted the first Pacific Islander Lieutenant – Vaifoa Lealaitafea. “They call me Vai up here or Lt, lieutenant,” he said. Lealaitafea is still getting used to his new title. He’s had several since joining the force in 2004 as a reserve officer. “My goal was to become a full-time officer, get on SWAT, work on gangs and narcotics,” he said. Within four years, Lealaitafea checked […]