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 respond to a stabbing call in Chatsworth on June 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Shot by Police Responding to Stabbing Call in Porter Ranch Area

    A man was hospitalized after being shot by police responding to a domestic disturbance call in the Porter Ranch area Wednesday night. Officers were sent to the 20000 block of Sardinia Way when the call came in just after 10:30 p.m., Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. As the officers were tending to a woman who appeared to have a stab wound they were confronted by a man with a knife, Montgomery said. The man was asked several […]

  • A map of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    Metro Light Rail Proposal Would Connect San Fernando Valley Communities

    A proposal for a new Metro light rail that would connect several San Fernando Valley communities is being discussed at an open house in Van Nuys Tuesday. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 19, 2018.

  • Officials Aim to ‘Find and Fix’ Faulty Airbags

    Automakers and federal public safety officials gathered in Mission Hills on Monday to announce the launch of “Airbag Recall: Operation Find and Fix,” an initiative to repair faulty airbags. Consumers can check whether their vehicles are affected through the app “Airbag Recall.” Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 11 on June 11, 2018.

  • Residents stand outside the police tape after a shooting in North Hollywood on June 10, 2018. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

    2 People Detained After 6 Were Shot at Massive House Party in North Hollywood: LAPD

    Two people were detained after six were shot at a house party attended by nearly 100 people in North Hollywood early Sunday, police said. Officers responded to complaints about a loud party at 12719 W. Tiara St. at around 1 a.m. and saw people running from a residence as several gunshots erupted, according to authorities. Investigators determined that six people had been shot at the residential area, Lt. Bob Toledo of the Los Angeles Police Department told KTLA. Some of […]

  • An officer-involved shooting occurred on June 9, 2018, at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights. (Credit: KTLA)

    Officer-Involved Shooting at Hospital in Boyle Heights Leaves Man in Critical Condition

    A man was in critical condition following a physical altercation with two police officers that resulted in him getting shot inside of a Boyle Heights hospital on Saturday morning, authorities said. The incident began when a man with possible gang ties was arrested on a felony crime and taken to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station in Boyle Heights, said LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar. The man, in his late 20s to early 30s, told authorities he needed to see a doctor […]

  • A man's body found floating on June 9, 2018 in MacArthur Park Lake in Los Angeles. (Credit: RMG News)

    LAPD Investigating Discovery of Man’s Body Found in MacArthur Park Lake

    A man’s body was found floating in MacArthur Park Lake early Saturday morning. Authorities received a call of a body found around 1:45 a.m. at the lake, located at 653 S. Alvarado St., said Los Angeles Police Department officer Mike Lopez. Lopez said there was “no indication” of foul play. The LAPD is investigating and the the Los Angeles County coroner will perform an autopsy, Lopez stated. KTLA’s Steve Bien contributed to this story.  

  • A car crashed into two other cars, a power pole and a fire hydrant in Valley Village on June 7, 2018. (Credit: RMG News)

    1,600 Customers Left Without Power After Hit-and-Run Driver Hits Power Pole in Fiery Valley Village Crash

    Residents in Valley Village were left without power Thursday night after a hit-and-run driver crashed into two parked cars and a power pole, officials said. The crash was reported about 11:30 p.m. in the 12500 block of Magnolia Boulevard. The driver apparently lost control, crashed and landed on two vehicles, causing a fire, video from the scene showed. A power pole in the area was also struck and a fire hydrant was sheared off. Los Angeles Police Department officials told KTLA […]

  • Police investigate the scene of a fatal crash in Sun Valley on June 7, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dead, Woman Seriously Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash in Sun Valley: Police

    A man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in Sun Valley early Thursday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The crash occurred around 3:25 a.m. near the intersection of Sherman Way and Vineland Avenue, a news release stated. A Nissan Murano was heading west on Sherman Way at a high rate of speed when it lost control and crashed into a vehicle, an officer at the scene told KTLA. The Murano then crashed […]

  • Firefighters respond to a rescue in Rancho Palos Verdes on June 7, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Rescued After Falling 150 Feet Off Cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes

    A woman was rescued after apparently falling off a cliff along the coast in Rancho Palos Verdes early Thursday, officials said. The incident occurred sometime during the 1 a.m. hour near the end of Pacifica del Mar, up the coast from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials first responded. When county firefighters arrived at the scene, they realized the victim needed to be hoisted out of the area by helicopter, Capt. Dimitri Ramirez told KTLA. The woman was rescued […]