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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
  • Officer Shaun Diamond was a 16-year veteran of law enforcement. (Credit: Pomona Police Department)

    SWAT Officer Critically Wounded Serving Warrant in Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Case

    A Pomona SWAT officer was shot and critically wounded during a joint law enforcement operation in San Gabriel early Tuesday related to an investigation into outlaw motorcycle gangs, police said. The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. at a residence in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue, according to a news release from the Pomona Police Department. Officer Shaun Diamond was the first one through the door when SWAT made entry into the location and was immediately hit by a […]

  • Residents near Van Nuys Airport expressed growing concern over a pile of asphalt that has reached 30 feet tall. (Credit: KTLA)

    Residents Angry Over 30 Foot Tall Mountain of Asphalt Towering Over Neighborhood

    Residents near Van Nuys Airport said Monday that they were now dealing with more than just noise pollution. There was growing concern in the neighborhood over a pile of asphalt that was over 30 feet tall. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

  • Paramedics treated the female driver of a stolen vehicle in Glendale on Oct. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Accused of Stealing Parents’ Truck Hospitalized After Brief Pursuit; Second Driver Also Hospitalized

    A 25-year-old woman accused of stealing her parents’ pickup truck was treated by emergency personnel in Glendale and hospitalized following a brief pursuit that resulted in two additional vehicles being damaged and a second woman being hospitalized Monday afternoon, officials said. A Sylmar father reported his daughter, who allegedly had a history of drug use and may be suicidal, had stolen the family pickup truck around 11:52 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department officials said. After police and the father followed the white […]

  • Alfredo Miguel Aquino, a 20-year-old resident of Anaheim, left, and Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park, were charged with murder in the death of Ximena Meza, police said. (Credit: Anaheim Police Department)

    2 Arrested in Killing of 9-Year-Old Anaheim Girl Who Was Shot While Playing in Front Yard

    Two gang members have been arrested in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl who was shot earlier this week while playing in front of her apartment complex in Anaheim, police announced Saturday. Police took 19-year-old Ricardo Cruz of Buena Park and 20-year-old Alfredo Miguel Aquino of Anaheim into custody shortly after 11 p.m. Friday in connection with Ximena Meza’s killing, according the to a news release from the Anaheim Police Department. Each was booked on a murder charge. […]

  • File photo of a sign at CSUN. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Shocking and Disappointing’ Hazing Incident Prompts Pledge Ban at CSUN

    Several months after a CSUN 19-year-old fraternity pledge died during a hike in the Angeles National Forest, the university has banned Greek pledge activities, citing a new incident of “possible hazing.” The ban was first reported in the student newspaper on Thursday and detailed in an announcement from Dean of Students William Watkins posted Friday. The new instance of alleged hazing involved Pi Kappa Alpha, according to Watkins, who called it “shocking and disappointing.” No details about the incident were provided […]

  • Isaiah Shelton-Dobine is shown in a photo provided by his family members. He was killed in a hit-and-run on Oct. 23, 2014.

    Family Members ID Boy Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Upland; Driver Identified

    An 11-year-old boy who was walking to school in Upland was killed Thursday by a hit-and-run driver who later arrested and described as a “coward” by the victim’s stepfather. The boy was struck by a car at Arrow Highway and Benson Avenue (map) while he was walking to nearby Cabrillo Elementary School just before 8 a.m., according to the Upland Police Department. The boy had “severe trauma” and was transported to San Antonio Community Hospital, where he died. He was […]

  • Girls Demand Apology After Being Called “Whores” During Show at Halloween Horror Nights

    Two 13-year-old girls claim a woman emceeing a show during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in September targeted them in a crowd of strangers calling the teens sluts, whores and hookers. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

  • Costumed Chewbacca and Freddy Krueger intervened after two characters started fighting on Hollywood Boulevard on Oct. 21, 2014. (Credit:

    Caught on Video: Character Brawl Erupts on Hollywood Blvd; Chewbacca, Freddy Krueger Try to Break It Up

    A brawl that recently broke out between multiple characters outside a popular tourist attraction on Hollywood Boulevard and was captured on video was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities said Wednesday. The incident occurred outside the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex and in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre sometime Tuesday afternoon. In the video, which was posted to website, people dressed as the characters Mr. Incredible and Batgirl appeared to have been involved in a […]

  • 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 […]