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 Trump supporter was taken away by ambulance after being injured during the protest in Costa Mesa on April 28, 2016. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Violence Erupts as Massive Crowd Floods Into Street Outside Trump Rally in Costa Mesa

    A crowd of several hundred people flooded into the streets in Costa Mesa outside the venue where Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump kicked off his California campaign with a huge rally Thursday night. The group grew even larger as the rally concluded at the Pacific Amphitheater around 8:45 p.m., with sign-carrying protesters shutting down the intersection of Fair Drive and Fairview Road, aerial video of the scene showed. Inside the amphitheater, Trump could be seen signing autographs as his Secret Service […]

  • A little girl cries after five people are pepper-sprayed at a Trump-related rally in Anaheim on April 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    5 Pepper-Sprayed as Trump Supporters, Critics Face Off Outside Anaheim City Hall

    A Donald Trump supporter said he and a little girl were among those pepper-sprayed by counter-protesters at a rally outside an Anaheim City Council meeting Tuesday, when the GOP contender was the subject of a controversial measure that would have condemned his “divisive rhetoric.” At least five people were pepper-sprayed at the event, according to Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt. Three people were treated by paramedics on scene. Raul Rodriguez Jr. of Apple Valley said he was attacked by […]

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign stop on April 4, 2016, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Credit: Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

    Resolution Condemning Trump Is ‘Not Appropriate,’ Anaheim Mayor Says

    Debate over Donald Trump is putting an Anaheim City Council member at odds with the mayor, who is planning to abstain from a vote Tuesday on a resolution condemning the presidential candidate’s “divisive rhetoric.” Mayor Tom Tait said he questions the legality of the motion requested by Councilwoman Kris Murray at the city’s last council meeting on April 12. “We’ve taken positions on legislation, but never on a candidate,” Tait said. “Certainly, privately, any council member or I could, but […]

  • The synthetic marijuana, known as "spice" is seen in a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    10 Hospitalized in 2 Days After Overdosing on Synthetic Marijuana: LAPD, Witnesses

    Tonya Edwards, a resident of the Brownstone Hotel at 5th and San Pedro streets in downtown Los Angeles, said she saw several people collapsing on the sidewalk and street Friday afternoon and called 911. The number of victims grew rapidly through the evening, said a man who identified himself as Twin Skid Row and described watching the drama unfold from his second-floor window at the hotel. “They were passing out like dominoes,” he said. Several police, fire and ambulance crews […]

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    Students Pay Musical Tribute to Prince at Disney Concert Hall

    The tributes keep pouring in for legendary musician Prince. One moving tribute came during a choir festival from dozens of area high schools. Sara Welch reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on April 22, 2016.

  • Anchor Kelcey Carlson at KMSP tweeted this image of Paisley Park on April 21, 2016.

    Prince Found Unresponsive, Declared Dead at His Paisley Park Studios

    A medical call at Prince’s Paisley Park recording studios outside Minneapolis led to the discovery of the iconic singer, unresponsive in an elevator on Thursday morning. Authorities responded to a medical call at the estate in Chanhassen at 9:43 a.m. local time, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an adult male in the elevator. They tried to provide CPR, but the victim could not be revived, the release stated. Prince […]

  • Smoke rises above a massive fire at recycling yard in Sun Valley on April 17, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    More Than 150 Firefighters Extinguish Massive Blaze at Recycling Yard in Sun Valley

    Firefighters on Sunday evening extinguished a “major emergency fire” that had raged for more than two hours at a recycling yard in Sun Valley, burning several stacks of junked vehicles but leaving nearby structures unscathed, according to officials. More than 150 firefighters began responding shortly before 4 p.m. to the facility in the 9100 block of North Tujunga Avenue, where the fire was being fanned by 5-10 mph winds, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement. No one was injured, according […]

  • A magnitude-7.0 earthquake occurred April 15, 2016, in the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan. (Credit: USGS)

    Rescue Crews Seek Survivors of Second Deadly Japanese Quake; At Least 19 Killed

    Rescue crews scrambled through rubble Saturday in a race against time for survivors of a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Japan’s Kyushu Island, the same region rattled by a 6.2 quake two days earlier. The death toll in the Kyushu earthquake rose to 19 people, according to Kumamoto Prefecture’s disaster management office. The earthquake toppled buildings and shredded structures into pile of debris. At least 23 people were buried inside buildings, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said . TV Asahi showed […]

  • Police respond to a report of a woman screaming inside a vehicle April 3, 2016, in Westlake. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Fake Uber Driver Arrested After Brutal Sexual Assault of Passenger in Westlake: LAPD

    A man who pretended to be an Uber driver and brutally sexually assaulted a female passenger, prompting police to shoot at him, has been arrested less than a week after the violent attack in the Westlake area, Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday. Dartanyum Larmar Smith, 39, was arrested at a South Los Angeles home on suspicion of kidnapping early Saturday morning. The incident began about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3, when LAPD received a call about a woman […]