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
  • Joshua Packer admitted to the murders of Brock Husted, Davina Husted, and their unborn baby in court on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Admits to Home Invasion Murders of Faria Beach Couple, Unborn Baby

    The man arrested in the 2009 home invasion slaying of a Ventura County couple and their unborn baby pleaded guilty in court Thursday to multiple charges, including three counts of murder, in exchange for life without parole. Joshua Graham Packer, 25, was arrested nearly a year after Brock and Davina Husted, both 42, were stabbed to death in their seaside home in Faria Beach on May 20 by a man wearing a motorcycle helmet that covered his face. Davina Husted […]

  • A recent storm dropped several inches of fresh snow in Big Bear. (Credit: KTLA)

    Storm Drops Fresh Snow on SoCal Mountain Resorts

    A recent storm system left plenty of fresh snow for Southern California’s mountain resort areas. Sara Welch reports from Big Bear for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. 

  • The area of Lincoln and Martha avenues was flooded in Torrance on Dec. 16, 2014, as rain pelted the region. (Credit: happysun88/Instragram)

    Businesses Flooded, Vehicles Stranded Amid Burst of Heavy Rain in Torrance

    Motorists made their way though high water on several streets in Torrance late Tuesday afternoon as a burst of heavy rain dropped more than 3 inches of precipitation in the area. The deluge occurred amid a flash-flood warning that was issued for south-central Los Angeles County and was scheduled to remain in effect until 6:45 p.m., the National Weather Service said. Shortly before 6 p.m., radar indicated storms over Torrance had weakened and were drifting northwest toward Hawthorne, according to […]

  • The area of Andreo Avenue and 220th Street was flooded Dec. 16, 2014, amid a rainstorm. (Credit: TheStoryOfAKat/Twitter)

    Flash-Flood Warning Issued for Parts of L.A. County as Storm Pelts Region

    Two storms hit Southern California Tuesday, bringing more rain to the already drenched region and prompting a flash-flood warning in south-central Los Angeles County and reports of major flooding in Torrance. Just days after a powerful storm brought heavy rain, strong winds, mudslides, flooding and even a tornado to the area, the National Weather Service had forecast another pair of storms to soak the southland for an extended period. The weaker storm system moved into Ventura and Los Angeles counties […]

  • Authorities provided this video still image of an individual who was described as a witness to a Dec. 8, 2014, fire in downtown Los Angeles. Fire captains were busy with the fire and were not able to question the individual shown in the two left panes.

    Investigators Seek 2 Potential Witnesses Caught on Video Near DTLA Fire

    Federal and local investigators asked for help Monday identifying two individuals seen in video taken near the site of a massive fire that gutted an unfinished downtown Los Angeles apartment complex. The two people were described as witnesses but not suspects in the Dec. 8 blaze at the Da Vinci Apartments complex. Investigators want to talk to them to find out what they saw, smelled and heard before and during the fire, Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Jaime Moore said. In one […]

  • Homes in Camarillo Springs were red-tagged after being damaged in a mudslide on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Camarillo Springs Residents Survey Damage After Storm Buries Homes in Mud, Debris

    Cleanup efforts were under way in Camarillo Springs on Saturday, one day after a massive storm sent a torrent of water, rocks, mud and debris into homes. At least 10 homes sustained “significant” damage when the powerful storm triggered a mudslide above San Como Lane around 2 a.m. Friday, authorities said. The neighborhood, located in the Spring Fire burn area, was under a voluntary evacuation order at the time. After the mudslide, authorities changed the evacuations from voluntary to mandatory. […]

  • Southern California was hit by a powerful storm on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful Storm Brings Dangerous Weather Conditions to SoCal

    Mandatory evacuations were ordered and a portion of Pacific Coast Highway was closed early Friday as a powerful storm slamming Southern California brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region, triggering mudslides and flooding, and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power. At least eight homes were significantly damaged in the storm, while a second-story balcony completely collapsed from a structure in Long Beach. Multiple vehicles were also damaged as intense downpours and gusty winds toppled trees throughout […]

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    L.A. County Supervisors Vote to Create Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Panel

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to set up a civilian oversight commission to oversee the Sheriff’s Department, marking a major milestone for the troubled law enforcement agency. Advocates of the move have long called for such a panel to oversee a department that has been beset in recent years by allegations of widespread abuses in the jails. A divided board voted down a similar proposal in August, with then-Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky casting the swing vote against the proposal. But […]

  • Earl Hayes is shown, left, in his Twitter profile picture. Stephanie Moseley is shown in a photo she posted on Instagram in November 2014.

    Rapper, Dancer Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at Upscale Apartment Complex Near the Grove

    A male rapper and a female dancer were found dead inside an apartment in a high-end residential complex near The Grove in an apparent murder-suicide that drew a SWAT team response Monday morning, authorities said. The two people found dead were identified as  34-year-old Earl Warren Hayes and his wife, 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. A family member had earlier said Hayes was 31 years old. An initial investigation indicated that Hayes fatally shot […]