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
  • One dead, one critically injured in crash in West Valley City

    WEST VALLEY CITY — One person is dead and one person was taken to a hospital after a crash in West Valley City early Friday morning. On Friday afternoon, West Valley City Police identified the deceased as 26-year-old Emily Walton of Ogden. According to West Valley City Police, the initial investigation indicates Walton was driving a Hyundai south on Redwood Rd. when she ran a red light at 3100 S and struck a Subaru. Fox 13 News first heard reports […]

  • Man sentenced to 5 years to life in prison for his role in Utah teen’s suicide

    PROVO, Utah — A man was sentenced to five years to life in prison for child abuse homicide after prosecutors say he goaded a teenage girl into taking her own life and filmed her death. Tyerell Przybycien, 19, pleaded guilty to a child abuse homicide as a first-degree felony in October of this year. Friday he was sentenced to five years to life for child abuse homicide and up to five years for sexual exploitation of a minor. Both sentences […]

  • Fifty Utah veterans to travel to Washington D.C. on Honor Flight

    SALT LAKE CITY — A group of Utah veterans are embarking on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Fifty veterans from across Utah are taking chartered flights to our nation’s capital. Half of the group departs from St. George, while Tamara Vaifanua was there to see off the other half as they leave from Salt Lake City Thursday. Honor Flight is a program that gives veterans the chance to see war memorials honoring veterans firsthand. The 2018 Utah Honor Flight […]

  • Apple announces new app to help knee and hip replacement patients; U of U looking for study participants

    SALT LAKE CITY – Every year, more than a million people get knee and hip replacements in the U.S. and soon they’ll be able to track their recovery using their smart phone. University of Utah Health is one of four hospitals in the country teaming up with Apple and Zimmer Biomet, a medical device company, on an app called “MyMobility.” The app helps people before and after knee and hip replacement surgery. “They’ll be given an Apple watch to use […]

  • D.A.R.E. fights opioid crisis with new lesson plans

    SALT LAKE CITY – The anti-drug program D.A.R.E. is tackling the opioid crisis by including it in its curriculum for the first time. Leaders made the announcement at the State Capitol on Tuesday. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, known as D.A.R.E., launched in 1983. Police officers taught students about the dangers of drugs. Students enrolled in the program spoke about its impact. “Deputy Frandsen taught me the D.A.R.E. decision-making model. It teaches us to first define your challenge, problem […]

  • Sandy City honors domestic violence survivors as part of awareness month

    SANDY, Utah – As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sandy City honored those who have suffered and survived abuse. “It is proclaimed, whereas the month of October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Kurt Bradburn, Sandy City Mayor. The event brought together law enforcement, community leaders and victim advocates. “It’s time to open the door on domestic violence and end the violence that happens behind closed doors,” said Chief William O’Neal with the Sandy City Police Department. […]

  • Utah teens converge on Vivint Smart Home Arena to join the fight against Opioids

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah teenagers filled the Vivint Smart Home Arena Friday to learn how they can become part of the solution to Utah’s Opioid epidemic. The Utah Solutions Summit, put on by Utah Senator Mike Lee, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and community groups, presented powerful messages to the teens, from people who have lost loved ones due to opioid addiction. In Utah, more people die of prescription Opioid overdoses than all other drugs combined. “Separate and apart […]

  • New study shows Utah teens struggling with mental health

    SALT LAKE CITY – A sobering study from the Utah Department of Health finds 1 in 4 teens have seriously considered suicide in some parts of the state. Erin Alberty, a Salt Lake Tribune reporter, spoke to health leaders about the numbers. Twenty-seven percent of Utah teens in sixth through 12th grade reported feeling sad or hopeless and couldn’t do some of their usual activities. That’s up from 21 percent in 2013. In rural counties, such as Duchesne and Daggett, […]

  • Utah water outlook promising with recent storms, but it’s unclear if winter will be wet or dry

    PARK CITY – With 10 days into a new water year, are the recent storms helping with our snowpack? “As far as October goes, we’re doing really well,” said Brian McInerney a hydrologist with the National Weather Service. According to McInerney, we’re already at 300% precipitation for what is typically expected this early on. “This is following an abnormally hot, dry Summer so we’ll take what we can get at this point. September was also really hot. It’s a change. […]

  • U.S. Navy sailor from Utah part of rescue effort to save passengers in downed plane in the pacific

    MURRAY, Utah – A video of U.S. Navy soldiers saving passengers in a downed plane in Micronesia went viral, and one of those sailors is from Murray, Utah. Kurt Bettfreund is a member of the UCT – the Underwater Construction Team. His wife Abby spoke to Fox 13 about the Sept. 28 incident in Chuuk, Micronesia. She received a text from her husband to look at her Facebook page, but not to worry. “I thought, ‘oh, he saw a shark […]

  • ‘Mormon’ and ‘LDS’ are out; people react to edict from Pres. Nelson to use full-name of church

    SALT LAKE CITY – There was mixed reaction to the edict from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to drop all nicknames and use its full title. President Russell M. Nelson has touched on the issue before. In 1990, as a Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, he gave a general conference talk about how members should refer to the faith. “Thus, shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus […]

  • SLC Police arrest man in decade old sexual assault case after connecting him to DNA evidence from rape kit

    SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City Police announced an arrest in a 12-year-old sexual assault case – thanks to a DNA match from a rape kit. Utah is clearing a huge backlog of untested rape kits. “Since July of 2018, 3,483 un-submitted, untested sexual assault kits have been submitted to the crime lab,” said Krystal Hazlett, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative site coordinator. As a result, officials have identified 402 suspects. Today, one DNA test led to the arrest of […]