Sara Welch
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Sara joined KTLA as a reporter in October 2011. Before she moved to L.A., Sara spent 11 years working as the weekend anchor for WTNH-TV in New Haven Conn. She earned awards for her work, including an Emmy nomination for her interview with a woman who survived an attack by serial killer Michael Ross. On 9/11, Sara was in New York City covering the terrorist attacks from lower Manhattan. She is as comfortable covering politicians and severe weather as she is entertainment and feature stories.

While working full time for the local affiliate, Sara also spent five years as a correspondent for "Health Corner," a health show on Lifetime, hosted by Joan Lunden. Sara was honored with three Telly Awards for her outstanding coverage interviewing the nation's top doctors on the latest medical breakthroughs while profiling celebrities sharing their personal health stories. In Connecticut, Sara also hosted several charitable events for children, veterans and animals.

Sara grew up in Vermont and attended the University of Vermont where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science. She received her first big break in TV news as an intern for WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vt. Sara landed her first full-time job in Alpena, Mich., which at the time was a the second smallest TV market in the country. She worked her way up via several markets including Green Bay, Wis., and Albany, N.Y. Sara is thrilled to have the opportunity to work in the second largest market, among some of the best journalists in Southern California.

When she's not working, Sara loves an adventure. She's been bungee jumping, skydiving and scuba diving. She also backpacked through Europe, New Zealand and Australia and is excited to explore the West Coast.


Recent Articles
  • Police were investigating the discovery of a woman's body next to a car wash in Pacoima on Jan. 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Found Stabbed to Death Across From Police Station in Pacoima

    Detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a woman’s body across the street from a police station in Pacoima on Wednesday evening. The body was found around 7:15 p.m. between a car wash and a 7-Eleven store near the intersection of Osborne Street and San Fernando Road, according to Sgt. Scott Kennedy with the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was described only as a female Hispanic in her 30s, said Kennedy. The cause of death was believed […]

  • A crossing guard was struck and killed in Monterey Park on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Crossing Guard Struck and Killed by Teenage Driver in Monterey Park

    A crossing guard was struck and killed in Monterey Park on Tuesday afternoon when a teenage driver lost control of his car and ran up on the sidewalk, police said. The crash happened at 3:42 p.m. while the crossing guard was waiting at the corner of Garfield and Elmgate avenues, according to Sgt. Paul Yniguez with the Monterey Park Police Department. The location of the crash was situated between two schools, Monterey Park Christian School and Meher Montessori School (map). […]

  • Maribel Hernandez holds her son Dylan, who was wounded by gunfire, on Jan. 26. 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Palmdale Toddler Shot While Sleeping in Crib Survives in ‘Miracle,’ Family Says

    While a 3-year-old Palmdale boy returned home Monday after being wounded by a bullet that tore through his parents’ bedroom the previous night, authorities were trying to determine who was responsible for the gunfire. The toddler was asleep in his crib at a home in the 38000 block of 65th Street East (map) shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday when he was hit by gunfire in the lower back, a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated. The bullet came from outside […]

  • A wind-driven mulch fire continued to burn in Ontario on Jan. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Strong Santa Ana Winds Fuel Mulch Fire in Ontario

    A wind-fueled mulch fire that burned overnight in an agricultural area of Ontario was considered contained less than 12 hours after it broke out, authorities said Sunday. The blaze, which began at around 9:15 p.m. Saturday in the area of Chino and Grove Avenues (map), burned between three and five acres before it was contained to the property. It was fanned in the overnight hours by strong Santa Ana winds, which were forecast to hit the region for a second […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden is seen at a roundtable discussion in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Vice President Biden to Discuss Education on Day 2 of SoCal Visit; Street Closures in Effect

    Vice President Joe Biden on Friday was expected to discuss college education on the second day of his visit to the Los Angeles area. Meanwhile, several street closures have been announced to accommodate the vice president’s motorcade. According to Biden’s office, he plans to visit West Los Angeles College in Culver City for a conversation about “the importance of helping Americans go to college and get the skills they need to succeed.” Motorists were advised to avoid the following areas […]

  • Vice President Joe Biden is seen at a roundtable discussion in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    More Street Closures in Effect During Vice President’s SoCal Visit

    Street closures in West Los Angeles and Burbank were expected Saturday during Vice President Joe Biden`s L.A.-area visit. Sara Welch reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Sara Welch reports from Irvine for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

    Students React to President Obama’s Proposal to Make Community Colleges Free

    President Obama was proposing a plan to make the first two years of community college free. It`s unclear exactly how such a proposal would be funded, but it would require a partnership between the federal government and states, which would have the option to participate. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

    State of the Union: Obama Declares Victory Over Economic Recovery

    It took six grueling years. But finally, Barack Obama took the chance to look the American people in the eye and declare job done. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night — more a lofty campaign style rallying call than a traditional plodding policy lecture — Obama declared he had delivered on what voters first elected him to do: conquering a “vicious” economic crisis and ending ground wars in the Middle East. “Tonight, we turn the page,” the […]

  • Messages of support and encouragement have been left at the spot where the 58-year-old man was brutally attacked on Jan. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ventura Residents Rally Around Homeless Veteran Lit on Fire at Beach Amid Search for Assailants

    The life of a homeless man who suffered serious burns when he was doused in lighter fluid and set on fire as he slept on a Ventura beach over the weekend was saved by the quick-thinking actions of a passerby, who extinguished the flames before calling for help. The unidentified man happened to be near Pierpont Beach at South Seaward Avenue around 11 p.m. Sunday when 58-year-old John Frazier was attacked by three men, according to a news release from […]