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: 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 […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Finding inspiration among my family

    I am so glad to have had the chance to hang with my brother Palemia and my cousins Peni, Faa, Jerry and Evan along with my son Kingslee at the annual USA 7s rugby tournament. I am still waiting for surgery on the 17th, but I finally went back to the gym and it felt great, even with the pain. I have plenty of motivation to be healthy: to be around for my family as long as I can, and […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Scheduled for surgery

    I finally was able to have a consultation with my general surgeon, and he confirmed that I indeed have a hernia. The date is now set for my operation: March 17, happy St. Patrick’s Day! The surgeon also cleared me to return back to working out according to how my pain level is…meaning if it’s uncomfortable or the pain is too much then I need to stop. Since my week has been non-existent due to the injury, I don’t have […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: working through a hernia

    I had a tough week after being hurt, and not going to the doctor to find out what happened immediately ended up making things worse, as I continued to lift despite a hernia. A hernia, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is, “a condition in which part of an organ is displaced and protrudes through the wall of the cavity containing it (often involving the intestine at a weak point in the abdominal wall).” I am hoping to have surgery this week, […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: A win, a loss and an injury

    Some really cool things happened this week, even though I felt like I was being spread a little bit thin with what time I had and the amount of things I had to do. But my energy did not fail me. The week started off with some great family time playing board games. Unfortunately for my family, I dominated again at Monopoly–as always. I was fortunate to be part of a historic movement with the Indoor Football League with the […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: An extra sweet week

    What a great week! It started off with some daddy-daughter breakfast with Ki & Tana at a new fave, LOL Island Stylin Hawaiian Grill in Sandy, where we got to have some traditional Samoan breakfast Kokorice and panikeke mmm-mmmh. I took a moment to remember the great Bob Marley on his birthday. His music still helps me relax, stay in tune with myself as far as being relaxed, and focus on peace and love. The basketball season for the Lady […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Making the most of the time we’re given

    This week was another cruel reminder of how little time we have, as we buried my Aunt Patsy on Wednesday. While it was sad, it was also a reminder of how much my life has changed. I’ve gone from having little to no energy, along with the inability to attend my family functions, to making it to every one of my kids’ games and school events. On top of all of that I am even coaching basketball and making room […]