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.

Recent Articles
  • Hip hop artist, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, announced as headliner for Urban Arts Festival

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Urban Arts Festival is months away, but on Friday organizers revealed the headliner for the two-day event. Charles Stewart, aka Chali 2na, will be the main attraction at the 8th annual Urban Arts Festival held at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City on September 15 and 16. Chali 2na is the famous hip hop artist from the group, Jurassic 5. “I’ve been working on this for four years,”   Urban Arts Festival Director, Derek Dyer, […]

  • ‘Spirit Ride’ rolls into Salt Lake City reminding drivers to slow down and move over

    SALT LAKE CITY – A traveling memorial made a stop in Salt Lake City Wednesday to deliver a powerful message in a unique way – slow down and move over. “I see probably four out of 10 cars a day on the highway that don`t move over,”  Robert Vinson said. The tow truck driver has seen a lot of close calls in his nearly 20 year career. “It’s scary especially when you have kids. My kids wanna know if I’m […]

  • Ellerbeck Fire on 4,000 acres now 50% contained; smoke visible from Tooele, Grantsville

    UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning the Ellerbeck Fire in Tooele County is 50% contained while the acreage estimate remains at 4,000. About 50 personnel are fighting the fire, which is located on the north end of the Stansbury Mountains. Those personnel are assisted by four engines, two hotshot crews, two helicopters, one air attack aircraft, one heavy air tanker and one single engine air tanker. The fire has not prompted any evacuations as of Wednesday, but officials say smoke from […]

  • Utah businesses applaud Starbucks for jumping on plastic straw ban bandwagon

    SALT LAKE CITY – Starbucks is the latest company to announce a ban on plastic straws, but 95 Utah businesses already took the pledge months ago. The coffee chain is ditching single-use plastic straws from all its locations by 2020. They’ll replace them with new lids that look a lot like sippy cups. They’ll also have alternative material straw options. The move will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws per year. “It’s showing the smaller businesses that the bigger […]

  • Goats serve as a critical tool in reducing Utah wildfires

    BOUNTIFUL, Utah -– With fire season underway, hired goats are in high demand to help cut wildfire risk. A herd of goats is mowing down grassy overgrowth in a Bountiful yard. The homeowner hired Greg Cover, who owns and operates 4 Leaf Ranch. “We’re the only licensed and insured people doing it in the state.” Cover has brought in 80 goats and 10 sheep for this assignment. “As you can see, they’re reducing the fire fuels, the scrub oak, your […]

  • Heavy drinking in Utah ‘serious threat to public health’ according to new report

    SALT LAKE CITY – A first of its kind study takes a look at the true effects of alcohol in Utah. The Utah Department of Health focused on binge drinking and finds that this risky behavior is to blame for more than 700 deaths in Utah each year. Utah is ranked 7th in the nation for the number of alcohol poisoning deaths. “Everyone thinks of motor vehicle accidents, but there could also be falls, drownings, thinks like that in addition to […]

  • Lehi firefighters deployed to Colorado to battle raging wildfires

    LEHI, Utah – Wildland firefighters from Lehi have been deployed to Colorado to help battle more than a dozen wildfires. Marshall Phillips, Aaron Fuller, and Sam Ashman had just finished fighting the Trail Mountain Fire in Emery County and two days later, they’re on a new assignment in Colorado. “Monday afternoon we got a resource order for our type 6 engine to report to Colorado,” said Jake Beck, Lehi Battalion Chief. “It’s a local Type 1 incident in Colorado. A […]

  • Utah attorney delivers donations from the community to volcano victims in Guatemala

    GUATEMALA – A Utah attorney who led a huge donation relief effort for victims in Guatemala is on the ground making a personal delivery. Velvet Rodriguez-Poston spoke to Fox 13 from Los Lotes, also known as Ground Zero. It’s one of the hardest hit villages skirting Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire. “The government has a post set up where they won’t let us through in the truck so we had to hike for an hour and a half so we could see […]

  • UHP cracks down on distracted drivers in latest operation

    SALT LAKE CITY – One month into the ‘100 Deadliest Days’, Utah Highway Patrol troopers have seen an increase in distracted driving. On Wednesday, they launched an operation to crack down on violators. Troopers focused on I-15, I-215, and I-80 for the distracted driving operation. Three spotters and a driver loaded up in a unmarked, black, 16-passenger van. “As we go down the roadway they observe those people that are mainly texting or manipulating their cellphones and driving,” Lt. Todd Royce, […]

  • 17-year-old voters make history in Utah

     SALT LAKE CITY — Tuesday’s Primary Election is extra special for some young, Utah voters. For the first time, 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the November elections are allowed to vote in the Primary Election. In April, the Utah Legislature passed a new law allowing for eligible 17-year-olds to participate in Primary Elections. Pahvel Asparouhv is one of the teens who cast his first ballot in Tuesday’s primary by mail. “I’ve never sent a physical piece of mail before. […]

  • Utah domestic violence advocates concerned about new tool used by abusers – Smart-home technology

    WEST JORDAN, Utah – A new form of domestic violence is emerging. Abusers are using Smart-home technology to exert control over victims. According to a New York Times article, when smart-home gadgets are misused, its features can make someone fear for their safety. 30 domestic abuse victims, lawyers and shelter workers were interviewed and described a disturbing trend. “Abusive partners are doing things like changing the locks on the doors through smart home technology when they have a keyless entry […]

  • Utah chef holds special bake sale to help families separated at U.S.-Mexico border

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah chef is raising money to help pay for legal costs on behalf of families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Chef Adalberto Diaz Labrada is taking orders outside his Salt Lake City bakery, Fillings and Emulsions at 1475 South Main Street. The Cuban refugee is holding a special bake sale. All the proceeds will go toward legal fees for families who have been separated at the border. “I was put in a processing center for […]