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.
PARK CITY, Utah — Skiers are rejoicing on the first day of Park City Mountain Resort’s winter season. A combination of man-made and natural snow has piled up on PCMR’s slopes, allowing the resort to open both of its base areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. “We can’t wait to get on the mountain. It’s been a long wait since last season, so, looks like a beautiful day as well, so can’t wait,” said John d’Carvalho. John and his […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature is moving forward with a bill to address electronic cigarette use by minors. Rep. Susan Pulsipher is crafting a bill that would allow school administrators to confiscate and destroy e-cigarette devices found in students’ possession on while on campus, and to turn the devices over to law enforcement if they are suspected of containing THC. “We heard from many students during our committee hearing that they didn’t know [vaping] was wrong. They thought […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Monday’s hearing for a motion to dismiss a lawsuit over the Inland Port Authority comes with a decorum order prohibiting audible comments and “uncivil” behavior. Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski filed a lawsuit earlier this year, arguing the Inland Port Authority is unconstitutional and that it steps on city authority on taxation and other matters. The Inland Port Authority and the Utah Attorney General’s Office have both asked for that lawsuit to be dismissed. The […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The vaping crisis in Utah is on the rise, and doctors at Intermountain Healthcare took a closer look at how they can diagnose and treat vaping related illnesses. Over the summer, doctors at Intermountain Healthcare saw an increase in the number of patients with serious lung issues. Now they’ve developed some guidelines to hopefully bring those numbers down. In a first of its kind study, pulmonologists treated more than 60 patients in Utah from June to […]
PROVO, Utah — The Provo Municipal Airport is expanding, and officials broke ground on the new terminal Wednesday. Leaders from Provo City, Utah County, the state and the Federal Aviation Administration were all on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. “It’s a dream for Provo. We’re so excited,” Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi said. The new terminal will house four gates. The airport currently hosts four flights a day. Allegiant flies to Mesa, Tucson and Los Angeles. By adding more gates, the […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Many Utahns are crossing the border for weight loss surgery to save money. The controversial practice is known as medical tourism. But is the discount worth the risk? Fox 13’s Tamara Vaifanua takes a look. A summer trip to Mexico for weight loss surgery turned into a nightmare for a group of Utahns. They all came back with a superbug infection and one died. While there are dangers, others say the procedure saved their life. “It’s […]
PROVO, Utah — New protected bike lanes have opened along Cougar Boulevard near Brigham Young University in Provo. Last month Bulldog Boulevard was renamed for the Cougars, and on Monday Provo City unveiled a new look with protected lanes for cyclists and tree-lined sidewalks. Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, city leaders and the Utah Department of Transportation joined with cyclists for the grand opening of the state’s third protected bike lane. Kaufusi said the changes will make the area safer and […]
LAYTON, Utah — Things are finally moving forward in a Utah murder case up in the air for almost a decade. Davis County prosecutors say Sun Cha Warhola killed her son and daughter in September 2010. Today, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing. This case has been in limbo for nine years, and after today’s hearing, prosecutors and the victims’ family are relieved things are moving forward. Since her 2010 arrest, she’s been housed at the state mental […]
ROY, Utah — A stretch of northbound I-15 will close overnight Friday and Saturday as crews replace secondary water trunk lines under the interstate. The Utah Department of Transportation states I-15 will close between 5600 South and Riverdale Road. The first closure will be from 9:30 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. The road will reopen, but close again from 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Northbound traffic will detour to 1900 West (State Route 126) using the 5600 […]
WEST VALLEY CITY— A man was stabbed to death in West Valley City Thursday night and police are still looking for the attacker. The deceased was identified Friday morning as 19-year-old Trayvon Stephens. While there is limited information about the stabbing and the attacker, West Valley City Police said the suspect vehicle is a white passenger car, perhaps a new model Toyota Camry. Police responded to an apartment complex at 4000 S Redwood Road around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, where Stephens […]
SANDY, Utah — Union Middle School will be closed Thursday and Friday after a small electrical fire broke out. A Canyons School District spokesperson said she was notified about a small electrical fire at the school, located at 615 East 8000 South, just after 5 a.m. She said all fire alarms worked properly and Sandy Fire responded quickly to extinguish the fire. The district said the school be closed Thursday and Friday as they make sure there are no elevated […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Air pollution is on the rise after several years in decline, and the increase may have taken the lives of thousands of Americans. Bloomberg reports that recent analysis of EPA data from 2009 to 2016 shows pollution from particulate matter dropped 24 percent, but increased 5.5 percent in 2017 and 2018. The spike may have taken the lives of nearly 10,000 additional Americans in that two-year period. Researchers say the new data is concerning because it […]