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
  • Medical tourism: the high price of a discount

    SALT LAKE CITY — Many Utahns are crossing the border for weight loss surgery to save money. The controversial practice is known as medical tourism. But is the discount worth the risk? Fox 13’s Tamara Vaifanua takes a look. A summer trip to Mexico for weight loss surgery turned into a nightmare for a group of Utahns. They all came back with a superbug infection and one died. While there are dangers, others say the procedure saved their life. “It’s […]

  • Provo unveils new protected bike lanes along Cougar Boulevard

    PROVO, Utah — New protected bike lanes have opened along Cougar Boulevard near Brigham Young University in Provo. Last month Bulldog Boulevard was renamed for the Cougars, and on Monday Provo City unveiled a new look with protected lanes for cyclists and tree-lined sidewalks. Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, city leaders and the Utah Department of Transportation joined with cyclists for the grand opening of the state’s third protected bike lane. Kaufusi said the changes will make the area safer and […]

  • Layton woman charged with killing her kids will stand trial

    LAYTON, Utah — Things are finally moving forward in a Utah murder case up in the air for almost a decade. Davis County prosecutors say Sun Cha Warhola killed her son and daughter in September 2010. Today, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing. This case has been in limbo for nine years, and after today’s hearing, prosecutors and the victims’ family are relieved things are moving forward. Since her 2010 arrest, she’s been housed at the state mental […]

  • Stretch of northbound I-15 in Roy to close overnight Friday and Saturday

    ROY, Utah — A stretch of northbound I-15 will close overnight Friday and Saturday as crews replace secondary water trunk lines under the interstate. The Utah Department of Transportation states I-15 will close between 5600 South and Riverdale Road. The first closure will be from 9:30 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. The road will reopen, but close again from 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Northbound traffic will detour to 1900 West (State Route 126) using the 5600 […]

  • Police identify man stabbed to death in West Valley City

    WEST VALLEY CITY— A man was stabbed to death in West Valley City Thursday night and police are still looking for the attacker. The deceased was identified Friday morning as 19-year-old Trayvon Stephens. While there is limited information about the stabbing and the attacker, West Valley City Police said the suspect vehicle is a white passenger car, perhaps a new model Toyota Camry. Police responded to an apartment complex at 4000 S Redwood Road around 8:15 p.m. Thursday, where Stephens […]

  • Union Middle School in Sandy closed Thursday after electrical fire

    SANDY, Utah — Union Middle School will be closed Thursday and Friday after a small electrical fire broke out. A Canyons School District spokesperson said she was notified about a small electrical fire at the school, located at 615 East 8000 South, just after 5 a.m. She said all fire alarms worked properly and Sandy Fire responded quickly to extinguish the fire. The district said the school be closed Thursday and Friday as they make sure there are no elevated […]

  • Study indicates air quality in US was improving, but now it’s getting worse

    SALT LAKE CITY — Air pollution is on the rise after several years in decline, and the increase may have taken the lives of thousands of Americans. Bloomberg reports that recent analysis of EPA data from 2009 to 2016 shows pollution from particulate matter dropped 24 percent, but increased 5.5 percent in 2017 and 2018. The spike may have taken the lives of nearly 10,000 additional Americans in that two-year period. Researchers say the new data is concerning because it […]

  • Little Cottonwood Canyon restricted to one lane for mudslide repairs; drivers should expect delays

    SANDY, Utah — A stretch of SR-210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon is limited to one lane of traffic, alternating between directions of travel, as crews repair damage from recent mudslides. The lane restriction began Monday and will be in place from Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is expected to continue through Thanksgiving. Drivers are advised to expect significant delays. According to the Utah Department of Transportation, crews will be repairing, replacing and making various improvements to parts […]

  • Utah County health officials concerned about rise of vaping in schools

    UTAH COUNTY — There are 47 cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping THC, nicotine or both in Utah, and health leaders in Provo are concerned about vaping trends in schools. The number of teens bringing vaping devices to school is on the rise, and some devices are made to look like anything other than a vaporizer. The most popular vape device is Juul, which looks like a flash drive. Other devices look like mascara or lipstick tubes. One […]

  • Dump truck damages 10 power poles in Provo neighborhood

    PROVO, Utah — About 20 customers are still without power Tuesday morning after a crash damaged several power poles. About 250 homes in the Grandview area of Provo were out of power Monday afternoon after a dump truck caught a communications line and damaged ten power poles. Crews have restored power to most customers and are working to get things working again for the rest. There were no injuries reported. The damage could be as much as a quarter of […]

  • Section of NB I-15 in Lehi to close 4 nights this week as final project in the area begins

    State Route 92 is now back open after a weekend-long construction project, but the changes don’t stop there. A section of northbound Interstate 15 in Lehi — Main Street to 2100 North — will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week and will reopen each following morning at 4:30 a.m. Then on Friday, that section will close from midnight and reopen at 6 a.m. Saturday. Utah Department of Transportation crews will be placing beams for a […]

  • 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 […]

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