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
  • Extremely complicated parking signs were drawing attention in Culver City, where the city's mayor said they were set to be taken down Aug. 22, 2014. (Credit: Sara Welch/KTLA)

    ‘Ridiculous’ Parking Signs Must Go, Culver City Mayor Says

    A series of very tall parking signs in Culver City were set to be taken down Friday after they were featured on a local news website, the city’s mayor said. The signs, which appeared to have six to seven metal panels stacked on top of each other, were posted near Linwood Howe Elementary (map), according to CurbedLA, a planning news website. Local resident Rob Stemm posted a photo of the signs on Instagram. “Don’t even think about parking on my […]

  • Firefighters had to rescue a man from under a 10,000 pound sign in Calabasas on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Worker Trapped Under 1,000-Pound Sign Rescued at Calabasas Gas Station

    A man was in the hospital Friday after a 1,000-pound sign he was helping to dismantle tipped over and and landed on him at a gas station in Calabasas. The incident happened just before 11 a.m. at the Mobil gas station located in the 4800 block of Las Virgenes Road (map), according to Inspector Keith Mora with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Two workers were trying to dismantle the sign, which was already on the ground, when it fell over […]

  • Protesters Demand Charges Against Police Involved in Deaths of Two Men in South L.A.

    Protesters gathered Thursday in front of the criminal courts building demanding that L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey file murder charges against the officers involved in the deaths of Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego, who were killed in South L.A. earlier this month.  

  • These two were identified as "people of interest" after they appeared in selfies on a burglary victim's photo account in the cloud. Photo provided by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 20, 2014.

    Selfie-Takers Are No Burglars, Says Man Shown in Photos Distributed by Sheriff’s Department

    A man shown in a pair of “selfies” distributed by the Sheriff’s Department in connection with a Santa Clarita home burglary said he had nothing to do with the crime and just wants to put the attention behind him, he said Thursday. The photos, which were sent out by authorities on Wednesday, do not depict burglars, Larry Beltran Jr. said. “I just want to get it over with, get all this cleared away,” Beltran said. His name was cleared, Beltran said, […]

  • These two were identified as "people of interest" after they appeared in selfies on a burglary victim's photo account in the cloud. Photo provided by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Aug. 20, 2014.

    Persons of Interest Sought After Selfies Appear Following Santa Clarita Home Burglary

    Santa Clarita Valley detectives were looking for the public’s help Wednesday finding two people whose photos appeared in the “cloud” after a burglary victim’s electronics were stolen from her home. Several days after a Santa Clarita woman’s home was broken into, the photos appeared on her “cloud” photo account, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Electronics, cash, jewelry and other property was stolen during the July 30 burglary, which left the victim’s home ransacked and the mesh screen of her […]

  • A woman was injured during a shooting in Atwater Village on Aug. 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Struck in Car-to-Car Shooting in Atwater Village; Gunman Sought

    A woman was hospitalized in critical condition and police were searching for a gunman after a car-to-car shooting in Atwater Village early Wednesday morning. The shooting occurred in the 4500 block of Colorado Boulevard (map) in a mostly industrial area between Glendale and Griffith Park. The woman and her white car were struck by a shotgun around 6:06 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Liliano Preciado said. The victim was transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and remained in critical condition as of noon, hospital spokeswoman […]

  • Earthquake Expert Lucy Jones Discusses Preparing for the ‘Big One’

    When the “big one” hits, the key will be being prepared and knowing how to react and respond, according to USGS seimsologist Dr. Lucy Jones. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 15, 2014.

  • A memorial grew at Robin Williams' star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, August 12, 2014, a day after the star took his own life. (Credit: CNN)

    Marin County Sheriff Releases Details in Hanging Death of Robin Williams

    The tributes to Robin Williams flow from around the world as stunned friends and family search for answers about why the comic legend would take his own life. Investigators believe Williams, 63, used a belt to hang himself from a bedroom door sometime between late Sunday and when his personal assistant found him just before noon Monday, according to Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd. The coroner’s investigation “revealed he had been seeking treatment for depression,” Boyd […]

  • Marilyn Hartman appears at the Airport Courthouse on Aug. 11, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mental Health Evaluation Ordered for LAX Stowaway Who Returned to Airport

    A 62-year-old repeat stowaway who was arrested at LAX after being ordered to keep away from the airport unless she had an airline ticket was ordered to undergo a detailed mental health evaluation Monday. Marilyn Jean Hartman faced a judge at the Airport Courthouse in Del Aire who granted her attorney’s request for a mental health review. Hartman had been charged with violating her probation, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. She had been arrested on the Thursday morning after being […]