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
  • Utah Jazz tickets in high demand; cap placed on season tickets

    SALT LAKE CITY – Watching the Utah Jazz play at Vivint Smart Home Arena could be a little tougher this season. Securing a seat at one of the 44 home games this season is in big demand. 13,000 season tickets, which includes two paired half-season packages, sold out during their playoff run last season. Last week, half-season tickets out. “Simply stated, there`s been incredibly high demand,” Utah Jazz spokesman Frank Zang said. “There is great connectivity between the public and […]

  • Wildfire smoke forces some Provo schools to hold indoor recess on first day of school

    PROVO, Utah — Students in Provo headed back to school Wednesday, but some weren’t allowed to play outside because of bad air quality. Spring Creek Elementary students walked the red carpet to kick off a new school year. Teachers and staff greeted them inside with high fives and cheers. “It’s exciting,” said parent Ashley Rayback. But there’s not a lot of fanfare outside, just a whole lot of wildfire smoke filling the skies. That’s why administrators are flying a red […]

  • Local firefighter gives perspective on dangers of fighting wildfires

    LEHI, Utah – The passing of Draper Battalion Chief, Matthew Burchett, acts as a sobering reminder of just how dangerous fighting wildfires can be. “You never want to see tragedy strike, and it’s a very sad thing that happened,” said Marshall Phillips, a wildland firefighter with Lehi Fire Dept. #83. Phillips says depending on where the fire is and the type of terrain that it’s in, it can be an extremely dangerous assignment. He’s been a wildland firefighter for more […]

  • New safety protocols rolled out for new school year in Salt Lake City School District

    Salt Lake City – When students in the Salt Lake City School District head back to school next Monday, new stricter safety protocols will be in place. This school year, the district installed security cameras at the entrances of every elementary and middle school. Visitors will ring a doorbell, with a camera attached to it, alerting office staff. Hillside Middle School got their cameras up and running this summer. “We also have a camera for one of our computers in […]

  • Salt Lake County to give preference to bids by woman-owned and minority-owned businesses

    SALT LAKE CITY — Is it leveling the field or discrimination? When businesses bid for a contract or project with Salt Lake County, preference will now be given to woman-owned or minority-owned businesses. Three Salt Lake Council members opposed the change, including Aimee Winder Newton. As a female and small business owner, she says this type of preferential treatment sends the wrong message. When applying for projects or contracts with Salt lake County, or bidding on a particular service, the […]

  • Judge sentences man to 70 years in prison for sexually abusing three young girls in Eagle Mountain

    PROVO, Utah – The Eagle Mountain man who admitted to sexually abusing three young girls during sleepovers will spend the rest of his life in prison. It was an emotional day for families representing the three victims of Jonathon Nixon. They told the judge he breached their trust and stole their child’s innocence. Inside the Fourth District Courtroom in Provo, Judge Derek P. Pullan gave Nixon an opportunity to speak before sentencing. “I’m prepared to go through with anything you’ve […]

  • Utah native among hundreds of people trapped on a volcano in Indonesia shares harrowing experience

    BALI, INDONESIA – A Bountiful, Utah native was one of hundreds of hikers trapped on top of Mount Rinjani when an earthquake struck. Craig Chilton spoke to Fox 13 from his home in Bangkok, Thailand about the harrowing experience. While working in Bali, Chilton had some free time to do some exploring. He set his sights on Mount Rinjani, the second tallest volcano in Indonesia. But what was supposed to be a thrilling adventure took a dangerous turn on Sunday, […]

  • Fight over fixing aging roads in Pleasant Grove becomes a political battle after lawsuit is filed

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — A new twist in the ongoing battle over fixing Pleasant Grove’s aging roads. The group, Libertas Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Pleasant Grove on behalf of some residents and businesses. They claim the city does not have a legal right to charge a roads fee and is asking a judge to put a stop to it. This week, Pleasant Grove began collecting a Transportation Utility Fee. Residents are charged $8.45 a month […]

  • Utah firefighters lend helping hand in wildfires across the West

    SALT LAKE CITY – As fires rage throughout the West, firefighters in Utah have hit the road to help neighboring states. Right now, there are 11 crew members from the Unified Fire Authority providing support in California, Oregon, Nevada and Idaho. “They’re not necessarily fighting the fire but they’re giving support to those firefighters as front-line paramedics should anything rise,” said Matthew McFarland with Unified Fire Authority. “That’s anything from heat exhaustion. Injuries related to the fire fight.” With thousands […]

  • Family shares story, reason behind suing of Smith’s after daughter loses finger

    SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah family is speaking out after filing a lawsuit claiming their 4-year-old daughter lost two fingers at a Smith’s Marketplace in Salt Lake City on Sept. 20, 2017. Ramon Moreno, the father of Adalene Moreno or Addy as he calls her, spoke about the incident that changed his daughter’s life forever. He was on his way to work when he got the call. “Some nurse was up there helping holding my daughter. They gave me […]

  • Wildfires cause health issues for Utahns as bad air quality persists through weekend

    SALT LAKE CITY – All the smoke we’re seeing from wildfires is having a bad impact on our air quality. With conditions expected to linger through the weekend, doctors say it’s important to take precautions. The haze blanketing the Salt Lake Valley is due to smoke from wildfires in Oregon and California. The unhealthy air quality levels could last through the weekend. “Since our air quality is pretty stagnant, we’re just getting all of that particulate pollution that we’re breathing […]

  • Dozens of arrests made since police cracked down on crime on North Temple Street

    SALT LAKE CITY – A joint operation aimed at cracking down on crime on North Temple has led to dozens of arrests. Two weeks ago, the Salt Lake City Police Department teamed up with the Utah Highway Patrol and the Department of Public Safety. Overall, they made 123 narcotics arrests, served 76 warrants, arrested 12 fugitives and 46 drug dealers, and 47 drug distribution charges. Lt. Rob Nixon, with DPS says they’ve reduced crime by 40 percent. “Anytime you put […]