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
  • The 101 Freeway will close for 40 hours in February so crews can demolish a portion of the 6th Street Viaduct. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

    ‘101 Slow Jam’ Arrives With Downtown Closures Beginning Friday Night

    The “101 Slow Jam” began Friday night with the freeway closing in downtown Los Angeles for the demolition of the 6th Street Bridge. The 40-hour full closure of the 101 Freeway, dubbed the “101 Slow Jam by officials,” officially got underway at 10 p.m. Friday and was expected to continue through Sunday at 3 p.m., according to details posted on the project’s website. The demolition of the 6th Street Viaduct was scheduled to begin on the east side of the […]

  • Gabriela Calzada, left, and Briana Gallegos are shown in photos posted to their Facebook pages in September and May 2015, respectively.

    Killing of Teen Girls in Park Was Gang Motivated, and Suspects Knew Victims: Chief Beck

    The young men who were charged with killing two teen girls in a Montecito Heights park knew their victims and were “motivated by hatred between gangs,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. The defendants were identified in a five-count criminal complaint against them as 17-year-old Dallas Stone Pineda, also known as “Trippy,” and 18-year-old Jose Antonio Echeverria, aka “Klepto.” They knew their victims, Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17, and Gabriela Calzada, 19, Beck said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “This is […]

  • Space Shuttle Challenger crew members gather for an official portrait November 11, 1985 in an unspecified location. (Back, L-R) Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka, Teacher-in-Space participant Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist Greg Jarvis and mission specialist Judy Resnick. (Front, L-R) Pilot Mike Smith, commander Dick Scobee and mission specialist Ron McNair. (Photo by NASA/Getty Images)

    30th Anniversary: How the Challenger Disaster Changed NASA

    Much like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or the morning of September 11, 2001, most Americans remember where they were when they heard the news of the Challenger disaster. It was NASA’s first in-flight tragedy. Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 28, 1986. Shortly after liftoff, the space shuttle’s external fuel tank collapsed, causing what looked like an explosion, and the shuttle broke apart and fell approximately 46,000 feet to the Atlantic Ocean, killing […]

  • Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are seen in images provided by CNN.

    Sanders Turns Confrontational, Clinton Emphasizes Her Record in Iowa Town Hall

    With the Democratic presidential contest in Iowa a toss-up less than a week from the first vote of 2016, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on Monday took starkly different approaches to pursuing wavering voters in their final appearance on the same stage. An uncharacteristically confrontational Sanders, taking umbrage at the barrage of attacks from his rival’s campaign, launched into a spirited critique of Clinton’s career. Clinton responded later with little of the feistiness she has shown recently on the campaign […]

  • A CHP motorcycle officer was involved in a crash on the 170 Freeway in Burbank on Jan. 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    CHP Officer Injured After Being Ejected From Motorcycle in 170 Freeway Crash

    A CHP motorcycle officer was taken to a local hospital after being involved in a collision on the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood on Monday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. The collision, which CHP said occurred on the northbound 170 just south of Burbank Boulevard shortly after 8 a.m., left the motorcycle overturned, aerial video over the scene showed. The officer was ejected from the vehicle after being involved in a collision with a Mini Cooper, according to CHP […]

  • LAPD provided video of a robbery in the parking lot of the Church of Assumption in Boyle Heights on Jan. 12, 2016.

    Caught on Video: Robbery of Boyle Heights Church Parishioner Carrying Weekly Offerings

    Los Angeles police were on Friday looking for a man who stole the weekly offerings from a Boyle Heights church — the same site where a nun was recently killed by a hit-and-run driver. The daylight robbery, which was captured on surveillance video, occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Church of Assumption, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. An 80-year-old parishioner left the church carrying the weekly donations of the congregation, when a man ran up behind […]

  • An employee fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo on Jan. 21, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. Zoo Employee Rescued by Firefighters After Falling Into Gorilla Enclosure

    A 61-year-old Los Angeles Zoo employee was rescued by firefighters Thursday morning after falling at least 20 feet into a gorilla enclosure, LAFD officials said. The grounds maintenance worker was tending to the ape habitat when he lost his footing on a planter and plummeted into a moat, according to a statement from the zoo. At the time, the four gorillas that live in the enclosure were being held in their night quarters “behind the scenes,” a zoo spokesman said, adding that […]

  • A sketch shows a man who tried to kidnap and sexually assault a student at Chaffey High, according to Ontario police.

    Ontario Police Canvass Neighborhood After Attempted Kidnapping at High School

    Ontario police canvassed the neighborhood around a high school and released a sketch Wednesday of a man who they said had tried to kidnap and sexually assault a 14-year-old girl on the campus. The sketch of the assailant was distributed as detectives handed out fliers in the area of Chaffey High School, where the student was attacked after band practice over the weekend. As the girl wait for a ride home, the man grabbed her and struggled with her, trying to […]

  • The Wal-Mart located at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd. closed on Jan. 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Wal-Mart Begins Store Closures on Sunday, Including 2 L.A. Locations

    Two days after Wal-Mart announced it would close 269 stores globally– 154 of which are in the United States — the mega-retailer began shutting down locations on Sunday, including two in the Los Angeles area. The Wal-Mart located at 4101 Crenshaw Blvd., in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, and the Neighborhood Market at 701 W. Cesar E Chavez Ave., in Chinatown, were among dozens of locations closing Sunday, according to the company’s website. The Chinatown store had just opened in September […]