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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
  • American Flags Placed at Riverside National Cemetery for Memorial Day

    Preparations were underway Friday for a poignant display of honor at Riverside National Cemetery, where tens of thousands of American flags will be placed at grave sites this weekend ahead of Memorial Day. To get involved, visit AFlagForEveryHero.com. Sara Welch reports from Riverside for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on May 26, 2017.

  • Man Shot Dead in Compton in Exchange of Gunfire With 2 Deputies, Who Were Injured: LASD

    A man was fatally shot after opening fire on two sheriff’s deputies, who were left injured in the exchange of gunfire late Wednesday in Compton, authorities said. At around 11:40 p.m. deputies tried to pull over a white sedan in the 900 block of North Santa Fe Avenue. The car didn’t initially stop, and the deputies could see three people inside the vehicle, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. After one of the deputies […]

  • 5-Year-Old Castaic Boy Diagnosed With Fatal Genetic Disorder Celebrated With Halloween-Themed Birthday

    A 5-year-old boy from Castaic who suffers from a rare, fatal genetic disorder celebrated a special Halloween-themed birthday party Sunday as a testament to his parent’s motto to “make sure every day counts.” Carter Sarkar was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, a metabolism disorder that prevents the body from properly processing sugar. His family told KTLA the disorder will attack his mind and motor skills until his body shuts down, which is expected to happen when he is a teenager. “That’s why […]

  • Castaic Family Holds ‘Halloween in May’ Party for 5-Year-Old With Rare Genetic Disorder

    Family and friends want every birthday Carter Sarkar celebrates to be extra special as he has been diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, a metabolism disorder that prevents the body from properly processing sugar which is likely to kill him by his teenage years. On Sunday, he celebrated his 5th birthday with a Halloween-themed party at his Castaic home, since he asks his parents if he can go trick-or-treating about twice a week. The Sarkars are hoping to raise $15,000 for Sanfilippo […]

  • 3 Men ‘Tunneled Through’ Day Spa to Break Into Vape Shop in Woodland Hills: LAPD

    Three men who broke into a Woodland Hills salon in order to burglarize a neighboring vape business were caught on camera and are being sought by police. Images of the men were released Friday morning by the Los Angeles Police Department, which asked anyone who recognizes the men to contact investigators. The break-in occurred around 1:30 a.m. April 26 at two businesses in the 22700 block of Ventura Boulevard. The burglars pried open the rear door of a day spa […]

  • Hillside Home Destroyed in Pacific Palisades Fire

    A hillside home in Pacific Palisades was destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning, officials said. The incident was reported about 5 a.m. at a 3,000-square-foot home along the 800 block of North Las Casas Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze was extinguished in about three hours, officials said. All floors of the home, which is mostly made of wood, were engulfed in flames, aerial video from Sky5 showed. The Los Angeles Fire Department reported the home was five stories, […]

  • Driver Impairment, Speed Were Factors in Single-Car Crash That Killed 21-Year-Old Man in Canoga Park: LAPD

    Los Angeles police investigators believe speed and driver impairment were factors in a crash that left a 21-year-old man dead and the car he was driving split in half in Canoga Park early Tuesday morning. The crash occurred about 2:13 a.m. as a 2001 Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on Sherman Way near the intersection of De Soto Avenue. “The vehicle was traveling at a very high rate of speed. Probably faster than what we typically see on the freeways,” Los Angeles […]

  • Police Continue Search for Missing Woman, Boyfriend After Car Found Abandoned in Beaumont

    Indio police are continuing their search Monday for a missing couple who haven’t been seen or heard from since Wednesday. Family members told investigators 26-year-old Audrey Moran left her mother’s home in Coachella Wednesday to meet with her boyfriend, 28-year-old Jonathan Reynoso, in Coachella and give him a ride to his house in Palm Desert, the Indio Police Department stated in a Facebook post. About 8:45 p.m., Moran’s sister received a “selfie” of Moran and Reynoso at Reynoso’s home in […]

  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Corruption Scandal

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for obstructing a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights violations at the jails that Baca supervised. Baca was accused of lying to federal prosecutors and the FBI about efforts by deputies under his control to hide a jail inmate who was cooperating with the federal corruption probe. Baca also ordered a criminal investigation of FBI agents conducting the investigation, according to a statement from […]