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
  • Murrieta Mayor Alan William Long is shown in a booking photo released by Murrieta  PD on Oct. 17, 2014.

    Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Resigns After Alleged DUI Arrest in Crash That Injured 4 Cheerleaders

    Four days after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in connection with a crash that left four high school cheerleaders hospitalized, the mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday but said he would continue to seek a second term. Alan Long, 44, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 16 evening after allegedly crashing his truck into a passenger vehicle filled with four teen Murrieta Valley High School students, who were all injured. Two preliminary alcohol screenings showed Long was at and below […]

  • Police released a  surveillance photo of the vehicle sought in the armed robbery of a recording studio in Santa Ana. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Three Sought in Armed Robbery at Santa Ana Recording Studio

    Police were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in locating three men wanted in an armed robbery at a music recording studio in Santa Ana. The three men arrived at The OC Recording Company located in the 3100 block of Warner Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on Oct. 7 under the pretense of recording an album, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department. After making contact with the owner and being asked to wait outside, the men […]

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    Scheduling Issues at Jefferson High School Hurting Student’s Education: Parents

    Parents were complaining Tuesday that scheduling issues at Jefferson High have left some students unable to attend courses they need to graduate, or assigned to classes they already completed. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

  • This graphic is an excerpt from CDC guidance on putting on and removing personal protective equipment, also known as PPE. (Credit: CNN/CDC)

    Dallas Nurse Infected With Ebola ID’d; Questions Remain About How She Caught It

    The nurse wore a mask, gown, shield and gloves as she helped care for a dying Ebola patient in Texas. And a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she tested positive for Ebola, health officials are still trying to figure out how exactly she caught it. “Something went wrong, and we need to find out why and what,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The woman, Nina Pham, […]

  • A makeshift memorial is scene near the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in South Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)

    Friends Remember Woman, 56, Fatally Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in South L.A.

    As an investigation continued into a South L.A. collision that left a 56-year-old pedestrian dead, her friends on Saturday remembered her as a good person and asked the hit-and-run driver to come forward. The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 63rd Street (map), in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, where a woman was struck by a car that did not stop, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Friends said the victim was Diane […]

  • President Obama arrived at LAX on July 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    President Obama Attends Fundraiser at Home of Actress Gwyneth Paltrow During L.A. Visit

    President Obama arrived in Los Angeles Thursday for a two-day visit that was set to include a number of events, including a Democratic fundraiser at the home of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the designation of a national monument. The president’s arrival comes just two days after Vice President Joe Biden’s two-day trip to the L.A. area. After arriving at LAX around 2 p.m., Obama attended an event at the Cross Campus facilities in Santa Monica that focused on millennials and the economy. […]

  • The main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport is shown Oct. 2, 2014, in Dulles, Virginia. The Center for Disease Control CDC announced that Ebola patient being treated at the Texas Presbyterian hospital passed through Washington Dulles airport on a United Airlines flight two weeks ago. Dulles airport will be one of the five U.S. airports to get increased Ebola-related screening, the CDC announced Oct. 8, 2014. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    5 US Airports to Add New Ebola Screening Measures; LAX Not Included

    Five of America’s biggest, busiest airports will soon implement new steps to guard against Ebola, requiring travelers arriving from the hardest-hit West African nations to go through an additional layer of screening aimed at detecting anyone who might have the deadly virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the enhanced Ebola-protection policy Wednesday, affecting those travelers coming into the United States from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — countries where the vast majority of current Ebola cases are. […]

  • A tree fell in Duarte in the early morning hours of Oct. 8, 2014, damaging multiple apartment units and displacing several residents. (Credit: KTLA)

    Residents Displaced After 100-Year-Old Tree in Duarte Falls, Damages Several Apartments

    Five residents were displaced early Wednesday after a tree that was described as being “historic” fell on apartment buildings in Duarte, damaging multiple units, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A portion of the tree initially fell toward the buildings located in the 1800 block of Huntington Drive (map) on Monday, Gerarld Gonzales with the L.A. County Fire Department said. The rest of the tree, which residents said was more than 100 years old and had been protected […]

  • Actor Stephen Collins is shown attending the Los Angeles premiere of "The Three Stooges" on April 7, 2012, in Hollywood. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

    7th Heaven Actor Stephen Collins Under Investigation for Alleged Child Molestation: Police

    Actor Stephen Collins, perhaps best known as the pastor and father in “7th Heaven,” allegedly confessed in a secretly recorded conversation made public Tuesday that he had molested or exposed himself to children, and New York police confirmed they were investigating. Hours after the recording was posted by celebrity news website TMZ.com early Tuesday, Collins was axed from the movie “Ted 2,” in which he had a small role, Entertainment Weekly reported. Collins also resigned Tuesday from his role on the […]