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
  • A man died after getting dragged beneath a U-Haul for several miles. The van finally came to a stop on Pacific Coast Highway in Wilmington. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dies After Getting Dragged for Miles By U-Haul Van Following Shooting: LAPD

    A man died after being dragged by a U-Haul van for several miles through the streets of Wilmington following a shooting Saturday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers responded to several reports, including one from a witness who told officers they were following a U-Haul van that was dragging a man on the roadway, police said. According to LAPD, the man became trapped beneath the vehicle after a “scuffle” and shooting occurred at a business in the […]

  • Los Angeles police have released this picture of "Maximus," the missing companion dog.

    LAPD Asks For Help Locating Stolen Companion Dog

    Los Angeles police on Friday were asking for the public’s help in locating “Maximus,” a companion dog that was recently stolen out of a parked vehicle outside a South L.A. restaurant. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015.

  • Three-week-old Eliza Delacruz is seen in a family photo released by authorities.

    3 Charged in ‘Kidnapping-Murder Plot’ That Left 3-Week-Old Baby Dead

    Three people charged in a bizarre kidnapping plot — which left a 3-week-old baby dead, her parents and uncle with gunshot wounds, and another woman beaten with a baseball bat — appeared Friday afternoon in court in Long Beach, where their arraignment was postponed. Giseleangelique D’Milian, 47, and her three alleged accomplices were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of charges related to the kidnapping and homicide of baby Eliza Delacruz, who was taken from her Long Beach home Jan. 3 and found dead […]

  • Barbara Summerfield is shown in a photo provided by her family.

    $50,000 Reward Offered in University Park Hit-and-Run That Left 87-Year-Old Woman Critically Injured

    Los Angeles officials on Thursday announced a $50,000 reward in the case of an 87-year-old female pedestrian who was critically injured by a hit-and-run driver near the USC campus. Relatives of the victim, identified as Barbara Summerfield, joined City Councilman Curren Price and LAPD officials at a news conference near the crash site. The victim remains unable to breathe on her own — in critical condition and on a respirator. She has a head injury and several broken bones and ribs, family […]

  • The banks of Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet are dry and cracked in this photo.  (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    Amid 4th Straight Year of Severe Drought, California Approves Further Water-Use Restrictions

    With emergency water conservation measures set to expire next month, the state water board on Tuesday approved slightly stricter water-use rules for urban areas. Meeting in Sacramento, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an extension of outdoor watering restrictions approved in July, along with new rules — emphasize reduced outdoor watering — that are set to go into effect in 45 days instead of the 30 days originally recommended. The changes were urgently needed as the state entered its fourth straight year of severe […]

  • An excessive heat warning was in effect in L.A. and Ventura Counties on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record-Breaking Heat Hits Southern California

    The March Southern California heat wave sent many to the coast on Saturday, but that proved little relief amid the sweltering conditions. Lifeguards reported big crowds at local beaches, even though the temperatures along the coast were in the high 80s and low 90s. Downtown L.A., Long Beach, San Diego and other spots set new temperature records for the date — for the second day in a row. Downtown L.A. was at 93 degrees by 1 p.m. Temperatures in inland valley areas were also high, […]

  • A brush fire was burning in Ventura as forecasters were warning of potentially record-breaking heat and Santa Ana winds. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Ventura Brush Fire Chars 22 Acres; Brooks Institute Briefly Threatened

    Firefighters were working Friday to put out multiple flare-ups from a brush fire that had grown to 22 acres overnight near the Brooks Institute in Ventura. Dry vegetation and deep-rooted plants continued to smolder hours after a quick-moving fire threatened the photography and film school, as well as a nearby Southern California Edison property and an abandoned oilfield. By Friday morning, Ventura County fire Capt. Mike Lindbery said, the blaze was 80% contained. With Santa Ana winds and temperatures surging, […]

  • Cody Williams is shown in a photo posted to his website.

    Former Santa Monica High Football Player Paralyzed on Field Seeks Help Realizing Goal of Driving

    Cody Williams’ life changed forever in a split-second in 2009, when he was a varsity football player at Santa Monica High School. Under the lights of a Friday night game, the first of the season, the starting outside linebacker tackled the opposing team’s quarterback. His face mask hit the quarterback’s hip, and Cody’s head jerked back. He went down. He couldn’t move. Something was not right. Williams was rushed off the field to UCLA Medical Center and into a nine-hour […]

  • Brian Goldberg is shown in a photo posted on the Beverly Hills Unified School District website.

    Beverly Hills School Board President Arrested After Altercation With 18-Year-Old at His Home

    The president of the Beverly Hills school district’s board was arrested after allegedly shoving an 18-year-old woman in at altercation at his home, police said Tuesday. The incident occurred about 8 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of Tower Drive, according to Sgt. Max Subin with the Beverly Hills Police Department. Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education President Brian Goldberg was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after he shoved the teen during a verbal altercation, Subin said. Goldberg told […]