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
  • Police to increase traffic enforcement near South Jordan schools Wednesday

    SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — Police in South Jordan are stepping up enforcement near schools Wednesday. South Jordan Police will carry out a series of traffic enforcement blitzes, including one near Bingham High School from 6 a.m. to 8 a..m They will also be near several elementary schools from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sgt. Sam Winkler with South Jordan Police said they will be enforcing infractions like speeding and distracted driving, which are common among teen drivers. “In the time […]

  • Founder of SLC boxing gym for at-risk teens seeks funding

    SALT LAKE CITY — The founder of State Street Boxing hopes to bring his vision for helping at-risk teens to life, but he needs help to finish the two-year project. David Ramos told FOX 13 that the facility, at 700 S State St., has received $25,000 in funding from the Salt Lake City government, but it wasn’t enough to properly outfit the building for the computer lab, job training, tutoring and ballet/yoga studio that he envisions. “There was no plumbing, […]

  • Cabin destroyed as crews fight fire in canyon in Tooele County

    TOOELE, Utah — Crews are putting out a fire in Tooele County Tuesday morning after it destroyed a cabin. Randy Willden of North Tooele Fire District said they were called about a fire burning in Willow Canyon, southwest of Grantsville, around 2 a.m. Crews arrived to find the cabin engulfed in flames. No one was inside when the fire broke out. “A couple of people thought they saw a fire in the canyon,” Willden said. “When the first unit arrived… […]

  • Utah mom says she faces loss of custody due to THC, despite being legal medical cannabis user

    SALT LAKE CITY – Emily Roberts lives with debilitating pain that makes it tough to do simple things like walk, or wash the dishes. Even though she has a legal right to use medical cannabis, she has stopped taking it for months now. Roberts said she was taking CBD oil from a state-sanctioned study, and also had a medical cannabis recommendation from her doctor. She tested positive for THC, and a juvenile court judge claims with no dispensaries open yet […]

  • Police investigating shooting, possible home invasion in Millcreek

    MILLCREEK, Utah — Unified Police are investigating a possible home invasion and shooting Monday. The incident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. near 4200 South and 500 East, and police are still working to determine the details of what happened. Things started with a 911 call, and a woman reported her boyfriend had been shot and then taken away by some men. When police arrived, the couple was not present but they found a shell casing at the scene. Three people […]

  • Hot weather means crowded waterways, fire weather warnings for Labor Day

    SALT LAKE CITY — September is off to a hot start as Utahns celebrate Labor Day. Outdoor enthusiasts should keep in mind Utah remains in the thick of wildfire season and be mindful of where campfires are and are not allowed. In areas where campfires can be lit, remember to make sure they are fully extinguished and the remains are cold to the touch before leaving them unattended. Several counties have fire weather warnings in effect.  Many people will spend […]

  • Huntsman Cancer Institute rolls out new mobile screening and education bus

    SALT LAKE CITY — It’s about to get a lot easier for some communities to access a cancer clinic. Huntsman Cancer Institute rolled out their new mobile cancer screening and education bus, and Monday it stopped by the Urban Indian Center. It’s a tool that can help people who can’t afford or don’t have access to cancer screenings. The 45-foot long bus focuses on breast cancer and melanoma—which are the two leading cancers in Utah. There is a 3D mammogram […]

  • Man arrested after ramming police car during chase in West Valley City

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A man was arrested after police said he rammed a patrol vehicle during a pursuit in West Valley City. The incident started shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday when police began a chase with a driver who was in a stolen vehicle they spotted along Redwood Road in West Valley City. One officer tried to stop the vehicle using a PIT maneuver, and police said the man evaded that officer and rammed into another officer assisting […]

  • Salt Lake City Police release body cam video from fatal officer-involved shooting on August 5th

    SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Police released body cam video Friday of a fatal officer-involved shooting. The shooting on August 5 claimed the life of Riche Santiago. Just before 7:00 that evening, officers responded to the Park Place apartments, following up on a 911 hangup call. An officer tracked a car there that had been involved in a previous shots fired incident. The body cam footage shows an officer talking to the 29-year-old Santiago in the backseat while […]

  • Detour for passengers exiting Salt Lake City Airport takes effect Friday

    SALT LAKE CITY — A detour beginning at Salt Lake City International Friday will change how folks exit the airport. The detour went into effect around 5 a.m. Drivers exiting the airport using terminal drive will be detoured between the new parking garage and central terminal. The detour will give construction crews space to build two helixes, which drivers will use to exit the new garage. “We’re putting out signs so people know exactly where to go, and we’re also […]

  • ‘Operation Backpack Brigade’ eases the burden of back-to-school for military families

    CLEARFIELD, Utah — Money can be tight for some families around back-to-school season, which means their kids might go without much-needed supplies. The community in Clearfield along with Operation Home Front’s “Backpack Brigade” is helping military families this year by taking that worry away. Hundreds of backpacks and other school supplies were donated and bought for the kids so they could go pick out their own at Hill Field Elementary. See more in the video above!

  • Little Cottonwood Canyon remains closed after mudslides; brief openings announced

    LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah — Little Cottonwood Canyon is closed Friday as crews work to clear the aftermath of nine different mudslides, but the canyon will open briefly Friday evening. Unified Police said the canyon will be open to uphill traffic between 5 to 5:30 p.m. and downhill traffic from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Friday. A tweet from the town of Alta said traffic in both directions will be allowed between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, if SR-210 hasn’t fully […]

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