Big Budah is the features reporter for Fox 13’s Good Day Utah and Live at Eleven. Prior to joining Fox 13, he worked in local radio and has appeared in a number of feature films.

He describes himself as a “fat guy with a mic and he’ll do almost anything to make someone smile.

Budah and his wife are the proud parents of five children. He has learned that if his family laughs at his antics, so will anyone else.

Off-camera, he is the same guy you see during his live shots on Fox 13. And if you can’t tell, he loves life as much as he loves his job.

Budah loves food and sports. He spends his spare time coaching his kid’s sports teams. Before Budah joined the FOX13 Good Day Utah team, viewers will remember him from his radio career in Salt Lake City. He has been on Clear Channel’s KISN 97 as well as Millcreek’s Power 107.9 and U92.

Prior to his radio career in Salt Lake, Budah was also doing radio in northern California.


Recent Articles
  • Big Budah’s blog: Fatherhood and life lessons

    My blog entries have been reduced to once a month. It is very overwhelming with all the activities on top of work, and I feel I wouldn’t have been able to experience it fully or attend if it were not for what I call a life-saving procedure through BMI Utah and the Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. I recognize the hand of God in my life and thank him for the bounty of blessings in my life. I am grateful […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: A galactic mission and a missionary farewell

    It was a great week of family gatherings and working at the California Adventure Park that definitely pushed my energy to the limits, but I believe without a doubt that I was able to get through with no difficulties because of my health, fitness and well-being. The week started off with a Utah Food Bank golf tournament called “Drive Out Hunger” with my cousins to help raise awareness and money for the Utah Food Bank. Man, my game needs a […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Celebrating weddings, mothers and more

    The week started off with a wonderful union between my nephew Justin and his new bride Sisilia. It was so good to witness their love for one another. My family was eager to honor our Mother Lisi for Mother’s Day. Words and gifts cannot fully express the gratitude I feel for everything my Mom has done and continues to do for me. I was also amazed with the creativity my kids showed with their sidewalk-chalk Mother’s Day card. Working out […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Having fun and feeling the burn

    I have been hitting the gym a little harder, not for any other reason than to just burn more calories. These days I am averaging 900-1000 calories burned per workout (Heck Yeah!) Big shout out to two of my nieces who play softball for West High School in their senior year, so proud of Rayna Aiono and Breah Ava for their efforts in the classroom, as well as on and off the softball field. Working for Good Day Utah affords […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Fathers and sons

    This week was jam-packed with celebrations and parties galore, starting with “May-Day” (or in Hawaii “Lei-Day”), where an outward expression of affection is all in a Lei given to someone else. I got to hang out with my boy Spencer, co-owner of Sushi B Rollin, one of the most gracious guys you will meet. My workouts have kicked back into high gear again now that I am back with my cousin Sione Havili, and we are both pushing each other […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: A week filled with sports and some Nunsense

    Every week seems to get busier with no sign of slowing down, which gives me another reason to continue to be grateful for the changes in my health that allow me a better quality of life. For my health and well-being, I missed two days of workouts because of late night basketball activities–one being the Jordan High School Lady Beetdiggers fundraiser at IHOP, which was successful: Thank you to all who came out! The other was the Utah Jazz playing […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Hitting the gym and cheering on the Jazz

    What an incredibly busy week, with a full helping of working out now that my boy Sione Havili is back from vacation too. He had us both working hard and added some new workouts to the regimen. I am so glad I am on track to a full recovery and I can feel my body getting stronger. I would say I am going at about 80% of effort when it comes to utilizing and pushing with my abdominal muscles. I […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Animal encounters and celebrating a wedding

    This week was a fun week with lots going on that would definitely test anyone’s energy and stamina! Health wise I am still taking it moderately slow at the gym, but I am lifting weights and adding cardio. Everything is feeling good and OK and as if I am on schedule for a full recovery. My family and I had the privilege to host some sister missionaries–sisters Finau, Ahio, Lomu and Makoni–in our home and got to help them with […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Spring break with the family

    Man! What a week to see if all the workouts and life-changing surgery made a difference. The energy and enthusiasm did not wane as time ticked by from the early morning hours into the late night–driving for 12 hours and still being able to function with a smile. Spring break was busy and fun for my whole family, but mostly because memories were created. We started with a visit to Dream Ice Cream Parlor, which is new since we last […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Back to the gym and celebrating April Fools’ Day

    The week started off great because I was able to get back to Vasa with Sione Havili (so I thought). Monday through Wednesday I felt some soreness that turned into some pain, so I laid off the weights and finished the week out with just cardio on the elliptical and treadmill. I am not injured, just being cautious and slowing down my return to weightlifting. But at least I’m still burning calories! I have great co-workers, as I have mentioned […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Gunning for a full recovery

    I would like to start by thanking all who stopped by while I was recovering from hernia surgery. It warms my heart and helps keep positivity all around me. I am taking it easy this week from the gym, but I will be back at Vasa with my workout partner Sione Havili starting Monday. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the worst, my pain has been hovering around 6 or 7 until Thursday, when I felt some relief […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Moving forward after a hernia

    I was able to return to the gym and work out for two days, however I was unable to continue because of the pain I felt from my hernia while working out. I am so relieved to finally have my date and time for the surgery to repair this hernia. By next week I should be able to return full-time to the gym, even if the workouts are not at full strength. This week I had the opportunity to work […]