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
  • Palm trees are hit by high winds in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Red Flag Warning Issued for SoCal Amid Santa Ana Winds, Dry Conditions

    A red flag warning was issued Monday morning for parts of Southern California amid gusty winds and dangerous fire conditions, according to the National Weather Service. The warning, prompted by weak-to-moderate Santa Ana winds, is scheduled to remain in effect through Wednesday afternoon in the mountainous areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and the Santa Clarita Valley, the Weather Service said. Northeast winds are expected to reach up to 40 mph in the valleys and coastal areas during the […]

  • Santa Ana police were investigating the death of a toddler on Nov. 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Suspicious Death’ Investigation Underway After Toddler Dies at Santa Ana Home: Police

    Santa Ana police have interviewed and released the parents of a 2-year-old boy whose death early Saturday was being investigated as “suspicious,” authorities said. Officers responded to a medical aid call at a home in the 2500 block of South Linda Way (map) around 1:45 a.m. and discovered the toddler was not breathing, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors said the anguished mother rushed out to […]

  • LAPD Chief Charlie Beck discusses the Ezell Ford shooting at a news conference on Nov. 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Officials, Church Leaders Prepare for Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    Los Angeles Police Department officials as well as civil rights groups and churches were preparing Saturday for a Ferguson grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson would be indicted in the death of Michael Brown. An official date for the decision had not been announced, but prosecutors were expected to provide Ferguson, Missouri, law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making the public announcement, CNN reported. In preparation of the announcement, which was expected to draw protests, LAPD officials […]

  • Hundreds of people rallied in Downtown Los Angeles Thursday in response to President Obama's remarks on immigration. (Credit: KTLA)

    Los Angeles Residents React to President Obama’s Immigration Pledge

    At a rally in front of the Mexican Consulate in downtown Los Angeles, Citlali Gomez was cautiously optimistic. The 34-year-old came to the U.S. 12 years ago and started a family. Life is better in America, she said, though she fears driving and entering government buildings. Her cousin was deported. But President Obama’s announcement of sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration policy gave her sudden hope, and a reason to “celebrate a little bit.” “We’re going to leave the darkness,” […]

  • An automated external defibrillator is seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Coaches Credited With Saving Life of 15-Year-Old Basketball Player in OC

    Two coaches were credited with saving the life of a 15-year-old basketball player who collapsed on the court during practice. Sara Welch reports from Aliso Viejo for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 19, 2014.

  • President Barack Obama talks on a conference call from the Oval Office on Nov. 1, 2014.
(Credit: Pete Souza/The White House)

    President Obama’s Immigration Speech: What to Watch for

    President Barack Obama is set to unveil his long-awaited overhaul of U.S. immigration rules — potentially shielding millions of people from deportation — Thursday in an 8 p.m. ET speech from the White House. The impending actions are fraught with political controversy, as Republicans lambast him for circumventing the legislative process to declare “executive amnesty.” There’s also intense interest surrounding who, exactly, among the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants will be covered. Here’s our guide on what to watch for […]

  • Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Sept. 26, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    As New Allegations Arise Against Bill Cosby, NBC and Netflix Halt Projects

    The allegations about Bill Cosby keep coming. For decades, Cosby was thought of in glowing terms as a perceptive comedian, upbeat pitchman and genial father figure. His public personality made him more than rich — it made him a role model, admired for his support of education and his no-nonsense talks on parenting and achievement. In recent weeks, that persona has been paired with another, much darker image. On Tuesday, the famed comedian and TV star was accused of rape […]

  • In this handout from the European Space Agency (ESA), the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen in a photo taken by the Rosetta spacecraft with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera Aug. 3, 2014, in space. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA via Getty Images)

    Decadelong Rosetta Mission Prepares for First-Ever Landing on Comet

    Rosetta mission controllers have made the first call to “Go” for an attempted landing on Comet 67P, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced in a webcast Tuesday. If it succeeds it will be the first time a spacecraft has landed on a comet. Scientists say there are still a few more key decisions to take in the coming hours before a planned separation of the landing craft Philae from the mother ship Rosetta on Wednesday. Philae, which has spent 10 […]

  • Francisco Garcia, a 21-year-old Army veteran, posted this photo on his Facebook. He was shot and killed a party in Sylmar on Nov. 9, 2014.

    Police Investigating If ‘Tagger Dispute’ Led to Shooting Death of Army Veteran in Sylmar

    As the search continued Monday for the gunman who killed a 21-year-old Army veteran over the weekend in Sylmar, police officials said they had begun investigating if the shooting was the result of a dispute between “tagger crews.” Francisco Garcia had recently returned from Afghanistan and was at a homecoming party held at his girlfriend’s home when he was shot and killed early Sunday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials stated in a news release at the time. LAPD Lt. […]