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
  • Man flown to hospital after semi catches fire while parked along I-80 in Tooele County

    TOOELE COUNTY, Utah — A man was flown to a hospital with serious burns after a semi he was sleeping in caught fire while parked alongside I-80. The fire broke out around 11 p.m. Tuesday as the vehicle was parked on the side of I-80 in Tooele County near mile post 56. Utah Highway Patrol said the driver was asleep in the cab and woke up to see smoke and flames coming from the engine. He was flown to a […]

  • UHP to increase patrols, crackdown on DUI during Fourth of July weekend

    UTAH — Utah Highway Patrol troopers will be out in force for the holiday weekend in an effort to keep impaired drivers off the road. The Fourth of July weekend is the deadliest weekend of the year for Utah drivers, the agency states, and troopers have already begun increasing night shifts to crack down on impaired drivers. “It’s not just alcohol: There’s a lot of impairing medications and other substances out there that could alter your mind and make it […]

  • Crews contain brush fire in Salt Lake County

    SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Fire crews contained a brush fire that stretched through Millcreek and Holladay early Wednesday morning. Unified Fire fielded several reports about the fire near 6200 South Wasatch Boulevard around 2 a.m. Crews responded quickly and controlled the fire before it could spread to any of the nearby homes. About three acres were burned before the fire was extinguished. Fire managers said there were several reports of fireworks being discharged in the area Tuesday night, but […]

  • Utah elementary students get instrument donation

    SALT LAKE CITY — After a lively performance, indie rock band “Jared and the Mill” presented students at Washington Elementary with instruments of their own. It’s something the band’s lead singer Jared Kolesar says will help these children develop a more social aspect in school as they interact with each other in music class. “It’s good for kids’ confidence to be able to play an instrument,” Kolesar said. “It’s something that they can build on and work on.” Catch the […]

  • Gov. Herbert to be honored for his work on behalf of refugees

    SALT LAKE CITY — We’ve heard Gov. Gary Herbert say time and time again: Utah is a welcoming state, drawing on our pioneer roots. For the 65,000 refugees who call Utah home, many feel the Governor has not only opened the door but has provided them with the support they need to thrive in their new surroundings. The refugee community will present Herbert with a Lifetime Achievement Award Friday morning. Herbert has a track record of welcoming refugees from all […]

  • 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 […]

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