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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
  • The LADWP tweeted this picture of the excavation site on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

    Westwood Water Main Repairs Likely to Be Completed Friday or Saturday: Spokesman

    Crews were getting closer on Friday to repairing two 93-year-old trunklines of a water main that burst in Westwood — sending 20 million gallons of water into the air and onto UCLA’s campus —Tuesday afternoon. More than 70 feet of new steel pipe was brought in to complete the job, Jeff Bray of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said during a Friday news conference. “We anticipate repairs on the pipelines to be completed Friday night into Saturday,” […]

  • A hiker was injured after losing her footing and falling from a cliff in Eaton Canyon on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Credit: RMG News HD)

    Caught on Video: Hiker Falls From Eaton Canyon Cliff 2 Days Before Closure of Upper Falls Area

    Two days before the upper falls area in Eaton Canyon will be shut down for safety reasons, a hiker was injured after falling nearly 50 feet down the side of a cliff, and it was all captured on video. The cellphone video taken on Wednesday showed a woman attempting to scale down an embankment when she lost her footing. Bystanders could be heard screaming as the woman slid 40 to 50 feet down the steep hillside before her leg got caught in […]

  • New father, Danny Vutha, was remembered Tuesday after being killed in what police were investigating as a possible street racing crash in Long Beach. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Killed in Suspected Street Racing Crash in Long Beach Remembered at Vigil

    A new father killed in what police were investigating as a possible street racing crash in Long Beach was remembered Tuesday by friends and family members at a vigil held at the site of the accident. Danny Vutha died when the yellow Honda convertible he was riding in Monday night lost control and struck a palm tree on the south side of Ocean Avenue near Orizaba Street, according to officials. The 27-year-old Vutha and the driver of the Honda were […]

  • Delta Air Lines suspended flights to part of Israel as a safety precaution on July 22, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    FAA Bans All Flights to Tel Aviv, Israel After Reports of Rockets Landing Nearby

    The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours. “The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile” from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said. The suspension comes amid a conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 41 rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory toward Israel on Tuesday. Operations […]

  • Pro-Russian rebels hand over black box data recorders from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) to a Malaysian delegation in Donetsk, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Credit:	Gul Tuysuz/CNN)

    Malaysia Airlines Crash: Rebels Hand Over Black Boxes

    Rebels in eastern Ukraine handed over the black box data recorders from downed Flight 17 to Malaysian officials, days after the passenger jet crashed. “We believe these are the black boxes and these boxes will reveal the truth,” said Alexander Borodai, the self-declared rebel Prime Minister in Donetsk. Speaking at a ceremony early Tuesday, Borodai said the pro-Russian separatists had done the best they could to retrieve bodies and handle wreckage at the site. And he denied accusations that rebels […]

  • A piece of wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured on Friday, July 18, 2014, in Shaktarsk, the day after it crashed. Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, which U.S. officials believe was hit by a surface-to-air missile over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. (Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sense of Tragedy, Uncertainty Hangs Over Malaysia Airlines Crash Site

    The sense that a deadly tragedy could get worse hangs over the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Scattered bodies, ripped-apart suitcases and charred books testify that 298 people died Thursday when the airplane fell from 30,000 feet to the grassy fields of an almost-lawless section of eastern Ukraine. More than 24 hours after the crash, the bodies lay there untouched, with nobody able to say who’s in charge and whether the dead would ever be treated with dignity. […]

  • Video shot July 1, 2014, by a motorist showed a CHP officer throw a woman to the ground, straddle her body and repeatedly punch her. (Credit: David Diaz)

    CHP Beating Caught on Video: Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed by Marlene Pinnock

    A woman seen on cellphone video being repeatedly punched by a CHP officer on the side of a Los Angeles freeway has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the beating, her lawyer announced Thursday. Marlene Pinnock, a 51-year-old homeless woman, was detained July 1 on the side of the 10 Freeway near La Brea Avenue in a violent arrest caught on cellphone camera by a passing motorist. Video of the incident quickly went viral. CHP officers were responding to a report of a […]

  • Residents were cleaning up after a water main break flooded the streets of Venice just blocks away from the beach. (Credit: RMG News)

    Venice Beach Residents Cleaning Up After Water Main Break Spills 100,000 Gallons, Floods Homes and Roads

    Residents in Venice were cleaning up early Tuesday after a watery mess that was caused by a water main that broke just blocks away from the beach, spilling some 100,000 gallons of water into the streets, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. At least a dozen homes in the area were affected by the water main break, which occurred in the 200 block of Carroll Canal (map) just after 9 p.m. on Monday. “I saw that […]

  • Ben Carlson is seen in a photo posted on social media by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division. (Credit: @LACoLifeguards/via Twitter)

    Thousands Turn Out to Honor ‘Hero’ Newport Beach Lifeguard Ben Carlson, Who Drowned Saving Swimmer

    A city lifeguard who was hailed as a hero after he drowned saving a swimmer in distress one week earlier was honored in Newport Beach during two separate memorials on Sunday. Thousands of people showed up for a memorial paddle out and “Celebration of Life” for 32-year-old Ben Carlson, who died in the line of duty after he and the swimmer he was rescuing were struck by 10 to 12 foot waves late last Sunday afternoon. The unidentified rescued swimmer […]