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
  • 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 […]

  • U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions visits Utah to commend law enforcement efforts in reducing violent crime

    SALT LAKE CITY – The men and women who protect our communities received praise from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday at the state capitol. Hundreds of law enforcement members listened as Sessions touted the success of a national program aimed at reducing violent crime called “Project Safe Neighborhoods 2.0.” President Donald Trump revived the Bush era crime fighting plan that fizzled out during the Obama Administration. “When I took office, the violent crime rate had been rising significantly. Big […]

  • LDS Church announces security changes ahead of General Conference

    Salt Lake City – If you plan on attending General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints next week, be prepared for some security changes. You can no longer store personal items at the LDS Conference Center. If you have large purses, backpacks, or suitcases you’ll have to leave them in your car. Metal containers are not allowed, but you can bring clear water bottles filled only with water. Small purses and umbrellas are allowed. As always, […]

  • LDS Church announces hefty food donation throughout the U.S.

    SALT LAKE CITY – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that beginning in 2019, they will boost the amount of food donations they give to charities across the country and Canada. “This is going to take a period of years, but with the finished product we’ll be able to supply up to 20 million pounds of additional product,” said David Frischknecht, Managing Director of LDS Church Welfare Operations. The church will end donations of raw wheat and […]

  • New poll reveals how Utahns feel about Operation Rio Grande; 45% of those surveyed haven’t seen any improvement

    SALT LAKE CITY – A new poll shows how Salt Lake City residents feel about Operation Rio Grande. The poll, from Utah Policy, revealed 45 percent of those surveyed believe the homeless situation hasn’t really changed. Only 26 percent said the situation is better and 24 percent said it’s worse. Five percent don’t know. State and city leaders launched Operation Rio Grande over a year ago to clean up rampant crime and drugs in the area. Salt Lake City Police […]

  • BYU wrestlers launch petition to continue competing

    PROVO, Utah — Some BYU students are disappointed after learning the school is no longer allowing them to compete in a wrestling club. “It turned into something I can’t live without. Wrestling is who I am,” said Bailey Carlson. Carlson has wrestled for an “unofficial” BYU club for the past two years. “Besides being the oldest sport, it’s one on one. Teaches you accountability. Teaches you how to work hard. Also teaches you to be part of a team,” Carlson said. […]