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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
  • Forest Service says warm winter weather bad for water supply, tourism

    SALT LAKE CITY — While some of us have been enjoying the mild temperatures this winter, U.S. Forest Service leaders are worried about problems we could face in the spring. The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is typically busy year round, with 9.1 million visitors from all across the country. Forest Supervisor Dave Whittekind said that number exceeds attendance at the national parks in Utah. “We estimate about 9.1 million visitors annually on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache,” he said. “That’s more than the Mighty […]

  • Educators give evaluation

    Educators meet with state leaders, offer evaluation of Common Core standards

    SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Gary Herbert appointed a team of educators to assess whether Common Core standards were helping or hurting Utah students, and Friday those educators offered their opinions and recommendation to state leaders. Herbert was present with members of the State Board of Education, and he spoke about his primary issue. “This federal overreach is a concern,” he said. Herbert appointed educators to examine the issue due to concerns about the federal government dictating standards without input […]

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    Health officials in Salt Lake County say burning ban prevented 27 tons of pollution since January 1

    SALT LAKE CITY – As the new year began, leaders in Salt Lake County extended the prohibition on burning wood, coal and pellets to include voluntary action days as well as mandatory action days; leaders have experienced some push back but said they are already seeing positive results from the change,  saying 27 tons of pollution has been prevented. The change in regulation applies to Salt Lake County, and in addition to outdoor fires it prohibits burning coal as well […]

  • Attorney for Saratoga Springs PD responds to civil rights lawsuit filed in death of Darrien Hunt

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah — The attorney for Saratoga Springs police spoke out Wednesday before filing a response to a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of Darrien Hunt, who was shot and killed by police in September after police allege he swung a sword at officers. Attorney Heather White said race did not play a factor in the incident, which occurred September 10. She said Hunt’s actions dictated what occurred. Hunt’s family has said they believe race was a […]

  • Football molds lives of Utah’s Polynesian youth, Sundance documentary shows

    SALT LAKE CITY — Whether it’s high school, college or the pros, Polynesian athletes are excelling at every level of the game — distinguishing themselves as football superstars. The documentary “In Football We Trust,” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to sold-out crowds. It follows four rising local high school stars and their families. They all have one goal — to make it to the NFL. But gangs, poverty, culture and faith collide with their dreams. In the 1950s and […]

  • Water main break closes roads in Sandy

    SANDY, Utah – A water main break in Sandy shut down roads near 90th S. and Monroe Wednesday morning, and residents and businesses in the area were without water for several hours. Monroe heading north from 9000 S. will be shut down until all repairs can be made to the pipe. Officials said a pressure spike caused the pipe to burst. They said corrosive soil has been eating away at iron pipes, which has led to several breaks in the […]

  • Documentary featuring local Polynesian athletes premieres at Sundance Friday

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Polynesian community is big on football, and there’s no doubt they turn out impressive talent to the NFL. For many players, the journey to the NFL is their way out of poverty and drugs, and that’s the focus of a documentary with local ties being featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The documentary “In Football We Trust” follows four young Polynesian high school football players in Utah, who are all focused on one goal: […]

  • Orem New Years Day robbery suspect

    Man arrested after allegedly robbing Orem woman at gunpoint

    OREM, Utah – Authorities have arrested a man accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in a Utah credit union. Police said 35-year-old Michael David Taylor allegedly robbed a 29-year-old woman at a Utah Community Credit Union ATM in Orem on New Year’s Day. According to police, Taylor pointed a gun through the woman’s car window and demanded money. Officials said the suspect took her money, phone and car keys and ran. Police found Taylor at a friend’s house near […]

  • New open data website sheds light on state government in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to be more transparent, the state government recently unveiled a new online catalog. Users can now visit opendata.Utah.Gov to view data provided by every agency in the state, and the website is the product of a bill passed by the Utah Legislature last year. Users can view everything to crimes that were committed in an area to the location of traffic accidents at any intersection. Users can also compare the grade’s Utah schools […]

  • EVE Winter Fest celebrating New Year with record-breaking event, national acts

    SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City’s EVE Winter Festival is kicking off its sixth year downtown Monday. This year’s theme is “Warm Your Winter” and organizers said they hope Salt Lake gets more warm weather for the three-day event. However, it doesn’t look like that will happen. They have planned plenty of activities to keep you warm while you ring in the New Year. The fun runs from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31. An all-access pass will allow you to […]

  • Experts urge people to plan before giving pets as presents

    SALT LAKE CITY — Families adding a pet to their household this holiday season should remember it’s a commitment that extends well beyond Christmas morning. In many households this holiday season, a dog or cat is on the kids’ wish lists. That’s why the Humane Society of the United States reminds families that a new pet is a significant addition. “A dog or a cat or a puppy or a kitten is a big commitment,” Alan Heymann of HSUS said. […]

  • Task force votes not to recommend Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah legislature’s Health Reform task force voted not to recommend Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan Thursday. Instead, it suggested some of its own solutions on how to cover the approximately 50,000 Utahns who are uninsured and fall in the Medicare coverage gap. Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan pays the premium for employer-provided insurance or for private insurance on the state exchange. Some Republican leaders voiced concerns about long-term costs and worry the federal government may not […]


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