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
  • High winds topple trees, trucks in northern Utah

    OGDEN, Utah — High winds caused multiple trees to fall and forced a pair of semitrailers off the road in northern Utah Thursday. In Ogden, a tree crashed into Steven Ames’ house overnight, coming dangerously close to his bedroom. “It sounded like a giant hurricane come through and picked up everything and just chucked it straight in the air,” Ames said. “We consider ourselves very fortunate. Nothing else was damaged besides just the tree. It will grow back. We’ll plant […]

  • Man in critical condition after officer-involved shooting in Riverdale

    RIVERDALE – The Weber County Attorney’s Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Riverdale that sent a man to the hospital. Police say it started with them responding to the Cherry Creek Apartments at 1551 W. Riverdale Road on reports of a suicidal man around 1 o’clock on Thursday morning. When officers arrived they say they tried to resolve the situation peacefully. Sometime after that, police say they came across a man who was armed and shots were fired by […]

  • Patrol car hit by truck on I-15 as Utah trooper performed slow down due to debris

    SANDY, Utah — The Utah Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to yield to emergency vehicles after a patrol vehicle was hit while performing a slow down on I-15 Friday morning. The crash occurred along I-15 in the Sandy area, and Fox 13 News first heard report of the crash around 9:30 a.m. UHP states one trooper was trying to remove debris from the road, and another trooper was performing a “slow down” to keep that trooper safe. The patrol vehicle […]

  • Fallen tree removed from 400 East in Salt Lake City; more storms expected in Utah this weekend

    SALT LAKE CITY — Strong winds knocked down a large tree in Salt Lake City, but the road has been cleared by a homeowner and construction worker. A photo from the scene showed the tree on 400 East near 2100 South, and 400 East was blocked in both directions. The tree fell amid strong winds that hit Utah Thursday.  There are no reports of injury. A nearby homeowner was working to remove the tree and got some help from a […]

  • Ogden celebrates 150 year anniversary of transcontinental railroad with golden spike reenactment

    OGDEN, Utah — The Union Pacific Railroad is marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The celebration includes a reenactment of the moment the golden spike was driven to unite the two rail lines, which will occur in Ogden. The reenactment includes “Big Boy”, a historic steam locomotive. Fox 13’s Tamara Vaifanua has more on the event in the video above.

  • UDOT unveils top 10 road construction projects for 2019

    WEST VALLEY CITY – The Utah Department of Transportation is highlighting their top 10 projects for 2019 as road construction season gets underway. UDOT has a total of 169 projects with a combined price tag of $2 billion. The biggest and most expensive project is $335 million allocated for Mountain View Corridor. That work will add a 4-mile stretch of new highway from 4100 South to SR-201. That project should be complete by 2021. A new collector road will be […]

  • Utah veterans board Honor Flight for Washington D.C.

    SALT LAKE CITY — Several dozen veterans took off for Washington D.C. Thursday morning on an Honor Flight. A band entertained veterans and their families during the ceremony and send-off. During the next three days the 50 veterans will visit memorials in our nation’s capital. The free trip for each veteran and a companion is paid for by Nate Wade Subaru of Salt Lake City. “I appreciate all of the different things there,” Veteran Dale Kuntz said. “I’m sure I […]

  • Emergency managers make sandbags available as Ogden River runs high

    WEBER COUNTY, Utah — The Ogden River is running high Tuesday morning and is expected to rise as much as an inch throughout the day. The river is running at about 1,000 cubic feet per second, and emergency managers said it can handle up to another 600 CFS. The water is expected to rise up to an inch Tuesday, and while emergency managers aren’t concerned yet they have sandbags available for residents who are worried. If you need sandbags call […]

  • Community rallies around Kearns teen paralyzed in trampoline accident

    SALT LAKE COUNTY – A Utah teen is paralyzed from the waist down after an accident on a trampoline. Audrick “Stak” Afatasi’s family is relying on their faith to get them through this difficult time. His father, Esekia Afatasi, says Stak was trying to do a double back flip at a trampoline park on March 15 when he fell on his neck. Stak’s sister Amaya was there when it happened. “We’ve never seen him not get up, so it was […]

  • Working to bring closure to families of missing and murdered indigenous women in Utah

    SKULL VALLEY RESERVATION, Utah – For decades, indigenous women in Utah and across the country have gone missing and many are presumed dead, but there is no way to get an accurate account. The women are missing and so is the data. But a growing number of people are demanding justice and answers for those who’ve disappeared or even turned up dead. Fox 13’s Tamara Vaifanua, in an exclusive report, looked into murdered and missing indigenous women in Utah, and […]

  • Minimal damage after pair of earthquakes hit near Bluffdale

    BLUFFDALE, Utah – Two earthquakes shook people awake near Bluffdale Friday morning. The United States Geological Survey confirmed a Magnitude 3.2 quake hit first followed by a Magnitude 3.7 just after 5 a.m. The Utah Department of Public Safety said the quakes are a reminder that Utah is “earthquake country.” “We typically have around eight earthquakes a year that are magnitude 3,” a press release states. “We don’t expect that these earthquakes caused much, if any, damage.” Though the epicenter […]

  • Utahns urged to break cycle of fatal Valentine’s Day crashes

    SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies hope drivers can break a four-year cycle fatal crashes on Utah roadways on Valentine’s Day. Last year, Herriman High senior Bryson Hathaway died after crashing into the back of a stopped school bus on Valentine’s Day. “I stood right next to the vehicle and I still could not see Bryson in that car. It was that severe of an impact. So, it was hard in that […]

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