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: Husband and wife both Losing for Life

    The holiday season is definitely upon us. This Thanksgiving allowed me to remember the things that are important to me and what helps me continue to want to do better with my health and well-being for me and my family. The holidays can be tough if you are apart from your family. This year I had to say goodbye to my sister Violet and her husband Lafu and their kids as they moved to Idaho. Saying goodbye to my namesake […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Frightening family fun

    What a hectic month with yet another setback to my workout regimen due to a minor injury. With that said, I am happy to report that I’ll be back at the gym Monday, so I need to dial the intensity back a little to ensure I can get to the gym and keep working out. I am very lucky to have the continued support of people who have been where I have been and where I want to go. Props […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Feeling grateful for family

    I have had so many instances this month that have given me good reason to pause and be grateful for all that I have and who I have in my life, even if it is via my daily work assignments. As far as my health, I have had to take a few frustrating weeks off due to a lower back injury from weightlifting and have had to enlist the help of Tau Fuel Meal Prep because I have been struggling […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Reuniting with family and trying a new diet

    I took a few days off from work at the start of August to attend my Family Reunion, and it has invigorated me and renewed my sense of belonging and spirit of kinship. Being with my baby brother Lu, who lives in Hawaii, is especially a treat for us because of the great distance between us. Spending time with my nephews and nieces was the best because they each have their own personalities and are characters. As for returning to […]

  • Big Budah’s blog: Fundraisers and the Fourth of July

    What a great month of business but also progress with health and fitness! I am getting more sleep, even with the early-morning hours my schedule demands, which is the best news so far this month. The Jordan High School Girls Basketball program had a good showing at the Utah State University camp as well as the Rocky Mountain Showcase tournament. I had the privilege of helping the first ever Haloti Ngata Family Foundation outdoor luau to get college eligible kids […]

  • Big Budah does Aerialympics in Ogden

    This 2-day event brings aerialists and pole athletes from across the Mountain West to compete and perform on the Aerialympics stage for the fourth year. The Aerialympics includes all levels of competition in Pole Fitness, Pole Art, Aerial Silks, Hammock, Lyra and new this year – Exotic Pole! (Content warning –  exotic divisions are not for the faint of heart.) Click here for tickets and more information. Kairos aerial and pole fitness

  • 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 […]