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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.


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  • Utah soldier sets up sneaky homecoming to surprise sister ahead of graduation day

    HERRIMAN, Utah — Graduation is a time to celebrate a huge accomplishment with those you love, and one Herriman High School student thought her big brother, who is serving in the military overseas, couldn’t make it home for the big event–but it turns out she was in for quite a surprise. Herriman High School seniors filed into the auditorium Wednesday morning for a dress rehearsal before graduation day, and they had no idea they were walking into a setup for […]

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    Draper family escapes massive house fire unharmed, crews investigating cause

    DRAPER, Utah – Authorities are investigating what sparked an inferno at a Draper family’s home early Monday morning. Officials said the family was able to get out unharmed after a fire alarm woke them up at about 5:30 a.m. Fire crews said the fire started in the garage near 2100 E. Pioneer Rd. but authorities have not confirmed what started it. Check back with Fox 13 for the latest updates. Here's what one viewer saw during her morning hike in #Draper. […]

  • UDOT hosts transportation summit to get girls interested in the industry

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group of young girls are giving a career in transportation a second glance, as about 53 middle school students from across Salt Lake County took part in a transportation summit for girls sponsored by the Utah Department of Transportation. Professionals were volunteering their expertise to the girls, and they were showing the students how to use Shop-Vacs to locate underground utilities. They also learned about repairing tires and fixing bikes, and they studied how roads […]

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    Homeowner escapes Sandy house on fire just in time thanks to neighbor

    SANDY, Utah – A homeowner said she got out of her burning Sandy home just in time, thanks to a warning from her Pepperwood neighbor. That neighbor, Zane Christensen,  told Fox 13 he saw smoke coming from the woman’s garage so he jumped over the fence, woke her and got her out of the house. “I ran to the far opposite side of the house, went through some French doors in the back of the property and started yelling in the […]

  • Conservancy district encourages Utahns to consider landscaping that reduces water use

    WEST JORDAN, Utah — After having one of the warmest and least snow-packed winters on record, the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is looking for ways we can save water. The conservancy district has teamed with the conservation water park, which provides information about alternate ways that you can continue to have a lush landscape while saving water. “Sometime people are afraid water-wise landscapes,” said Cynthia Bee, who is an outreach coordinator for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. “And […]

  • ‘100 Deadliest Days of Summer’ begins this weekend

    SALT LAKE CITY — Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” as more people will be on Utah’s roadways and drivers are more likely to be under the influence. Utah Highway Patrol troopers will be working hundreds of overtime shifts throughout the state. They’ll be focusing their efforts on stopping incidents of DUI, speeding, seat belt violations, drowsy driving and distracted driving. They said they will see an average of one death per day […]

  • Growth of solar power, protest over fracking among topics at Gov. Herbert’s energy summit

    SALT LAKE CITY – As Gov. Gary Herbert launches into some of the pressing energy issues of our state at a summit at the Salt Palace Convention Center, there are some people who aren’t ready to roll out the welcome mat and who are using this platform to criticize the governor’s energy policies. Herbert plans to tout the state’s commitment to the energy sector and how that ties into Utah’s economy at this year’s energy summit. “Without energy, we don’t […]

  • Lack of golfers leads Salt Lake leaders to close 3 courses

    SALT LAKE CITY — For almost a decade, Salt Lake City has struggled to keep its golf courses afloat. The greens are losing money and city leaders say they have no choice but to shut some of them down. At $800,000 in the hole – courses are in need of $20 million for upgrades over the next decade. The biggest drain is water. The city uses 430 million gallons per year to water the courses. The general fund doesn’t cover […]

  • Dogs on leashes Park City

    Park City Police patrolling for pups off leashes after recent dog attacks

    PARK CITY, Utah – Park City officers are stepping up patrols at trails like the one in the Prospector neighborhood after six incidents last week where dogs bit people while off their leashes. Officials said they want to make sure people don’t get hurt. If you’re found with your dog off the leash, you can be fined $100 for the first offense and fee could go as high as $500. Dogs are required to be on leashes in public areas throughout Park City. […]

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    Students calling on lawmakers to take advantage of solar power in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY – Students at Rowland Hall are calling on Utah policy makers to take advantage of solar power in our state. The school itself is already solar-powered and has been since 2010. State Senator Luz Excamilla and local homeowners joined the students at the school Tuesday morning at the same time energy experts and Rocky Mountain Power met at the Public Service Commission to talk costs and benefits of rooftop solar power.

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    Release the hounds! Dogs, authorities on hunt after Summit County bear sightings

    PARK CITY, Utah – Authorities are on the hunt after more bear sightings in Park City overnight. Tracking dogs have been searching since about 9:30 a.m. but still no sign of the bear. “We’re hopeful that with these dogs, they’re pretty good at tracking them, so we want to for community safety and the bear’s safety, we want to get him contained and relocated, sooner than later,” Park City Police Capt. Phil Kirk said. Nearby McPolin  Elementary issued a shelter-in-place warning for […]

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    Utah authorities putting pet owners on a short leash after dog attacks

    PARK CITY, Utah – Now that the weather is warming up, more Utahns are heading out with their pets to enjoy the day. However, not everyone is enjoying the outdoors, according to authorities. Officers said some pet owners are letting their dogs off the leashes and it’s leading to some vicious attacks. “We had a situation back on April 20, a dog off leash attacked an elderly gentleman, actually bit him,” Park City Police Capt. Phil Kirk said. “He was […]

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