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
  • Lifeguards had to rescue several swimmers and surfers off of Venice Beach on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguards Rescue Nearly 200 Swimmers as Dangerous Rip Currents Hit Beaches

    Nearly 200 people had to be rescued by Los Angeles County lifeguards amid ocean conditions that included strong rip currents and rough surf on Tuesday. In total, 187 ocean rescues were made throughout the day, according to a tweet from the L.A. County Lifeguards account. Aerial video captured multiple swimmers and surfers being rescued in the waters off Venice Beach. County lifeguards later stated that 88 rescues were made at Venice Beach during the day. According to a the National […]

  • Belching smoke and fire, SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft successfully blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Friday afternoon, April 18, 2014. (Credit: NASA TV)

    Boeing, Space X Land Contracts to Become NASA’s Space Taxis

    Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to become NASA’s space taxis, shuttling astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the agency announced Tuesday. NASA ended its Space Shuttle program in 2011 after a review and amid a shift in priorities to exploring deep space, including sending humans to Mars. Since the shuttle program was retired, NASA crewmembers have been hitching rides on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, at a cost of $70 million per seat, according to a NASA spokeswoman. […]

  • Hurricane Odile struck Mexico's Baja California Coast on Sept. 14, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    Odile Weakens to Tropical Storm, May Impact Weather in Southern California

    Hurricane Odile was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved through Mexico’s Baja California peninsula on Monday. Odile struck Mexico’s Pacific Coast Sunday as a hurricane with winds of 115 mph and gusts reaching 125 mph. The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm, but forecasters had warned the storm could still do plenty of damage to the region. “Large and destructive waves” and heavy rainfall that could cause life-threatening flash floods […]

  • A body was discovered in the trunk of a vehicle outside a Wal-Mart in Riverside on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

    Body Found in Trunk of Car at Riverside Walmart; Investigation Underway

    A woman found a man’s body in the trunk of her car Saturday after pulling into the parking lot of a Walmart in Riverside and noticing a foul odor, authorities said. Officers responded to the location, in the 5000 block of Van Buren Boulevard (map), after receiving a call at 4:42 p.m., said Lt. Julian Hutzler of the Riverside Police Department. The body was in the trunk of a 1999 Lexus. Robbery-homicide detectives and an evidence technician were also summoned […]

  • The Silverado Fire burned 1,600 acres and was 10 percent contained as of Sept. 13, 2014. Evacuations were in place and no structures had burned. (Credit: KTLA)

    Silverado Fire in Cleveland National Forest Burns 1,500 Acres, Is 10 Percent Contained

    Three firefighters were recovering Saturday from minor injuries after the Silverado Fire in the mountains of Cleveland National Forest south of Corona broke out the previous day during possible record-breaking temperatures and reached 1,500 acres before being 10 percent contained, according to officials. Mandatory evacuations were in place for residents living east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road, according to a post on the federal interagency website InciWeb. These evacuations impacted about 217 homes, the website said. The Silverado Fire began around […]

  • From left, Jake Gnasso, Ian Bulbenko and April Townshend are seen in photos that were displayed at a candlelight vigil at Burroughs High School in Burbank on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

    3 Teens From Burbank Killed After Truck Crashes Down Embankment; 2 Injured

    Three teens from Burbank were killed and two others were injured when a pickup truck crashed down an embankment in a remote canyon northeast of Santa Clarita early Friday morning. The truck went over the side of the road near Sierra Highway and Rush Canyon Road (map), according to Lt. Rob Hahnlein of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Someone who had been riding in the truck called 911 at about 7:15 a.m., but it was initially unclear when the truck had […]

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    L.A. Forecast: Stifling Heat Wave Could Break Records This Weekend

    Los Angeles faces a potentially record-breaking heat wave this weekend, with temperatures expected to climb into the triple digits in much of the region. As the mercury rises, humidity across the region is forecast to drop, putting Southern California at increased risk of wildfires, forecasters warned. The heat-up is expected to begin Thursday, with temperatures potentially reaching the mid-90s downtown and topping 100 in the valleys of L.A. County, said meteorologist Scott Sukup. The temperature is expected to continue climbing […]

  • New bike safety laws go into effect on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    New Bicycle Safety Law to Take Effect Next Week

    A new law aiming to protect bicyclists on California`s city streets is set to take effect next week. Sara Welch reports from Northridge for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.  

  • Tina Cleveland, right, and her fiancé, Paul Sirimarco, are seen in a YouTube video posted July 31, 2014. In it they interpret the song “You’re the One That I Want” from the movie “Grease” in American sign language.

    Chatsworth Couple Interpret Popular Songs Into Sign Language in Viral Videos

    An engaged couple from Chatsworth recently published about a dozen sign-along music videos meant to bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities. Tina Cleveland and her fiancé, Paul Sirimarco, began posting videos of themselves interpreting popular songs into American sign language on YouTube in July. Their videos have since been seen by millions, with a rendition of “You’re the One That I Want” from the 1978 musical “Grease” reaching almost 1.3 million people by Sunday. “It’s about bringing awareness […]