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.

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    Draper lays out vision for new fire department as they prepare to cut ties with UFA

    DRAPER, Utah – The city of Draper is preparing to break ties with Unified Fire Authority within the next year, and they’ve already made the first move by appointing a fire chief. When fires break out in Draper, Unified Fire Authority responds. The arrangement has worked since 2004, but the city is changing course and starting its own fire department. “Every year, we’ve really had an increase every year in cost,” said Troy Walker, Draper City Mayor. Walker says severing […]

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    Utahns honor 9/11 victims to mark 15 year anniversary

    SALT LAKE CITY– As the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approach, Utahns are remembering those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Construction crews at Salt Lake City International Airport took a break from work to mark the anniversary. Their tribute began with a moment of silence and the sound of bagpipes. It was a show of respect for first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice. “We were at work that day as well, and to see it […]

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    State educators look to even playing field by scrapping transfer policy for high school student athletes

    SALT LAKE CITY – High school athletes in Utah could play one sport at one school, and in the same week play a different sport at a different school. That’s if a proposal by the State Board of Education passes. Right now, student athletes can switch schools at any time, but they have to sit out for a year before they’re eligible to play a sport. The rule was put in place by the Utah High School Athletics Association. “It […]

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    Jordan School District revamps school bond, gains supporters

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – The Jordan School District is once again asking voters to approve a bond, only this time it’s half the cost. Voters rejected a $495 million bond in 2013 to build more schools for its growing population. City leaders, parents and the Utah Taxpayers Association criticized the high cost. “It was going to make Jordan School District one of the highest property tax in the state,” said Billy Hesterman, Vice-President of Utah Taxpayers Association. The group is […]

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    ‘Dreamers’ in Utah react to Trump’s immigration speech

    SALT LAKE CITY — Donald Trump’s major speech on immigration hit a nerve with undocumented youth, also known as “Dreamers.” Trump fired up his supporters in Phoenix Wednesday, clarifying his stance on immigration, including tough enforcement of existing laws, throwing out executive orders on immigration and deporting immigrants arrested in the U.S. “There will be no amnesty. Our message to the world will be this:  you cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the United States by illegally […]

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    Utah health leaders launch campaign to increase awareness about Opioid misuse

    OGDEN, Utah – Utah health leaders launched a new campaign aimed at educating the public about Utah’s Opioid misuse epidemic. Every month in Utah, 24 people die from prescription Opioid overdoses – a statistic, health leaders say they can no longer ignore. Nicholas Call has been in recovery from a prescription pain pill addiction for nine years and he says he was merely following his doctor’s orders to treat the pain aggressively. “From that point, the next few years of […]

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    ‘Safe Utah’ program now available to elementary students at Canyons School District

    SANDY, Utah — Elementary school students in the Canyons School District can now use a smartphone app to report safety concerns anonymously. The “Safe Utah” app, originally released in January, allows students to text in any safety concerns for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The app provides students with confidential and anonymous two-way communication with crisis counselors or school staff. App users have the options to “Call Crisisline,” “Chat Crisisline” or “Submit a Tip.” The crisis line […]

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    Installed ThrU-turns in Layton intersection unpopular among motorists

    LAYTON, Utah – One year after a controversial intersection was unveiled in Layton, motorists’ frustrations intensify. The city of Layton is growing. With more cars on the road, traffic would get backed up on the freeways and into the intersections. It was a nightmare, said John Gleason, spokesman for Utah Department of Transportation. “It would take up to 10 minutes to get from Main Street to Layton Hills Mall, which is a very short distance,” Gleason said. Last year, UDOT put […]

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    Wall Mansion in Salt Lake City gets new name, purpose as Thomas S. Monson Center

    SALT LAKE CITY — An elegant mansion on South Temple in Salt Lake City is remembered by many as the old LDS Business College, but the structure now has a new name and purpose. The building is now the Thomas S. Monson Center, named after the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church donated the building to the University of Utah, and Monson was present for the dedication of the new building, which will […]

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    Man beaten with baseball bat at view area in Tooele County

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — Investigators with the Utah Highway Patrol are looking for a suspect after a man was beaten with a baseball bat at a view area in Tooele County Friday morning. According to Trooper Ronny Corona, UHP, it happened around 5 a.m. at a view area along westbound I-80 near mile marker 100. A representative for UHP said the victim said he had been sleeping in his car when another man approached the vehicle and asked him for money. […]

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    Utah lawmaker makes push for later school start times

    SALT LAKE CITY – Should students start school a little later to get some extra zzz’s? Rep. Carol Spackman Moss says yes, and she’s got science on her side. Before Spackman Moss, D-Salt Lake City, became a lawmaker, she taught English at Olympus High School. She saw firsthand how lack of sleep impacts students in the classroom. “The biggest problem I had when I was teaching high school, was not with bad behavior, it was with kids falling asleep,” she […]

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    Farmington parents demand bus routes, sidewalks for elementary students

    FARMINGTON, Utah – Parents in Farmington are worried about their children traversing a dangerous street with few sidewalks. On Wednesday, Canyon Creek Elementary opens its doors for the first time. While most parents are happy with the look and architecture of the new building, they’re concerned about the lack of a safe walking route. About 200 students will start school at Canyon Creek Elementary. But parents refuse to let them walk or bike the one and a half miles because […]