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.
WEST JORDAN, Utah — Beginning this fall, some high school students within the Jordan School District will have the option to begin their school days 90 minutes later than usual. The option to start later in the day is part of a pilot program called “Late Start Blended Learning Program.” Students currently begin their days at 7:30 a.m. High school students in their junior or senior years will have the option to start school at 9 a.m. if they also […]
HERRIMAN, Utah — Athlos Academy was closed for Wednesday after an odor that smelled like gas was detected around the gymnasium. The school was closed for the day as a precautionary measure while crews tracked down the odor and fixed the problem. Here’s a letter that was posted on the Herriman City Facebook page: School will be closed for the day, today, Wednesday, January 29. Students who were previously dropped off have been relocated to Herriman High School and can […]
SALT LAKE CITY — There are now five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Doctors have stressed that the immediate risk to Americans is low, but health leaders are taking aggressive measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the US. The virus originated in Wuhan, China, and has already claimed 82 lives. More than 2,000 people have been infected. All five of the US cases are in people who […]
SALT LAKE CITY — Intermountain Healthcare announced plans Tuesday to build a second Primary Children’s Hospital campus in Lehi. The new hospital will provide pediatric trauma and emergency care for children in and around Utah County as well as intensive care and behavioral health care. It is scheduled to open in 2023 and is part of a $500 million dollar project, with the goal of building the nation’s model health system. Intermountain’s plan to build the nation’s model health system […]
DRAPER, Utah – Investigators have released the name of a woman who ran out onto I-15 Saturday night and sparked a series of events. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, Courtney Marie Earnhart caused two separate accidents when she ran onto I-15 southbound near 13800 South in Draper just after 11 p.m. A man involved in one of the accidents exited his vehicle and unsuccessfully attempted to carjack another vehicle whose driver had stopped to help. That vehicle had a […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Attorney General’s Office awarded two West High School students Friday for their heroism in saving the life of an Assistant Attorney General. On February 29, 2019, David Carlson was driving on the 600 N bridge when he suffered a medical episode. His car overturned and two West High students sprung into action. Felix Ortiz and Grant Dunkley both pulled over to assist Carlson. “Ortiz pulled Carlson from his overturned car on the 600 North […]
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Governor Gary Herbert visited Decker Lake Youth Center in West Valley City Wednesday, and he met with some of the juveniles offenders who are incarcerated there. “We recognize that sometimes our young people get off on the wrong foot, going down the wrong pathway. We have an opportunity to help them and correct that,” Herbert said. Gov. Herbert has a team of people who give him guidance on Utah’s juvenile justice system, but he heard […]
SALT LAKE CITY — When the Salt Lake County Health Department cleaned up homeless encampments, the American Civil Liberties Union claims the department wasn’t following its own rules. About once a week, health leaders conduct organized camping cleanups at Library Square. “There is a lot of trash around the area,” says McKenzey Mitchelle, a Salt Lake City resident. Folks are put on notice to clear out their belongings. “That would include sleeping bags, blankets, tents,” said Jason Groth, ACLU Smart […]
MAGNA, Utah — One man died in an early morning house fire in Magna. He has been identified as 96-year-old Willis Shepherd. According to Unified Fire Authority PIO, Ryan Love, the fire at 3378 S. Broadway Street was reported at 4:10 a.m. “We arrived on scene to find an officer with UPD pulling that gentlemen out the front door who was deceased at the time unfortunately,” Love said. One other patient was transported to a hospital. The fire started in […]
SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah — Summit County officials unveiled a pair of roundabouts at the I-80 and Jeremy Ranch interchange Tuesday. The new roundabouts are meant to reduce congestion and enhance connectivity for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Before the roundabouts were constructed, traffic came to a four-way stop, and the area could get bogged down with car, foot and bike traffic. The two-lane roundabouts opened to vehicle traffic in time for the morning commute on Monday. “We did some public input. […]
PARK CITY, Utah — Skiers are rejoicing on the first day of Park City Mountain Resort’s winter season. A combination of man-made and natural snow has piled up on PCMR’s slopes, allowing the resort to open both of its base areas in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. “We can’t wait to get on the mountain. It’s been a long wait since last season, so, looks like a beautiful day as well, so can’t wait,” said John de Carvalho. John and […]
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature is moving forward with a bill to address electronic cigarette use by minors. Rep. Susan Pulsipher is crafting a bill that would allow school administrators to confiscate and destroy e-cigarette devices found in students’ possession on while on campus, and to turn the devices over to law enforcement if they are suspected of containing THC. “We heard from many students during our committee hearing that they didn’t know [vaping] was wrong. They thought […]