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
  • An injured man is seen in Lancaster after being shot by Sheriff's Deputies on July 3, 2015. (Credit: ED Frommer)

    Allegedly Armed Man Is Shot, Killed by Sheriff’s Deputies in Lancaster

    Sheriff’s deputies confirmed Saturday they had shot and killed a man allegedly armed with a gun in Lancaster and were searching for a second man. Deputies shot the man around 11:35 p.m. Friday in the 3100 block of West Avenue K4 (map), according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials who said the wrong address had been stated in an initial news release. Very few details about what led up to the shooting were initially offered, but sheriff’s deputies later said detectives […]

  • Surveillance video released by the Santa Ana police Department  shows two teenagers beating a robbing a 73-year-old man on July 1, 2015.

    Elderly Man Beaten, Robbed in Violent Street Robbery in Front of His Santa Ana Home

    Two teenagers were being sought Thursday for beating a 73-year-old man and throwing him to the ground repeatedly during a violent street robbery in Santa Ana. Isidoro Ponce was sitting outside his apartment in the 700 block of N. Mintor just after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when he was attacked, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. Surveillance video showed the teenagers approach Ponce. One them asked to borrow his cellphone, police said. Then, without warning, the teenager attacked, hitting […]

  • Pursuit Suspect Triggers Multi-Car Crash While Trying to Elude Officers in Rancho Cucamonga

    The driver of a white Ford Mustang led police on a reckless high speed pursuit from Ontario to Rancho Cucamonga before running a red light and colliding with several vehicles. Sara Welch reports from Ranch Cucamonga for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.  

  • Flames are seen on the roof of a commercial building in South Gate on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

    Fire Rips Through Former Mexican Restaurant in South Gate

    Firefighters early Sunday morning extinguished a fire that ripped though a South Gate building that formerly housed a Mexican restaurant. The blaze erupted shortly before 3 a.m. at a structure in the 4600 block of Firestone Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. After firefighters arrived to find flames and smoke emanating from the roof, they entered the building and knocked down an attic fire within about 30 minutes, said Battalion Chief Nick Betkutka. No injuries were reported. The location […]

  • A 60 Freeway on-ramp in South El Monte was closed after a rollover crash on Friday, June 26, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

    1 Found Dead After South El Monte-Area Crash, Gunshot Victim Hospitalized; Possible Connection Probed

    A 19-year-old man was found dead in an overturned car in the South El Monte area on Friday evening, and investigators were trying to determine whether the crash was related to a shooting that left another person hospitalized, authorities said. Pico Rivera station deputies were conducting an investigation shortly before 10 p.m. at a local hospital, where the male gunshot victim had been admitted, when they received a report of the fatal collision, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news […]

  • Cory Michael Ahumada, 24, of Highland is pictured in two images released by the Redlands Police Department on June 24, 2015.

    Children Jump From Moving Vehicle As Thief Steals Family Car From Gas Station in Redlands

    Police released surveillance video Wednesday of 24-year-old man wanted in the theft of a car with two young children inside from a gas station in Redlands. The incident occurred at 12:41 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 at a 7-Eleven gas station at 1161 Lugonia Ave., according to a news release from the Redlands Police Department. A woman parked her 2002 Acura TL at the gas pump and left her two daughters, ages 10 and 2, in the vehicle with the […]

  • Surveillance video released by the Riverside Police Department showed three suspects sought in the beating of a deaf man outside a coffee shop on May 19, 2015.

    Thieves Sought in Brutal Attack on Deaf Man Outside Coffee Bean in Riverside

    Police released surveillance video Tuesday of a brutal ambush assault and robbery of a deaf man sitting outside a coffee shop in Riverside. The attack occurred around 1 a.m. on May 19 at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf  near Mission Inn and the Main Street Mall, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department. Arriving officers found a man who had been beaten by two attackers who also stole his MacBook laptop computer, the release stated. Surveillance […]

  • Malibu City Council Approves Dozens of Safety Recommendations for PCH

    The Malibu City council Monday unanimously approved 150 recommendations proposed in a three year traffic safety study on Pacific Coast Highway. Sara Welch reports from Malibu for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, June 22, 2015.

  • Los Angeles police opened fire on an armed driver after a lengthy pursuit ended in El Monte on Friday, June 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Officers Open Fire on Armed Driver After Lengthy Pursuit Ends in El Monte: LAPD

    Los Angeles police shot and critically wounded an armed man Friday morning after he led officers on a lengthy pursuit that ended in El Monte, officials said. Suspected of felony domestic violence, the man was armed with a handgun when he was shot near the intersection of Garvey Avenue and Mountain View Road (map), said Sgt. Jason Adkins of the Los Angeles Police Department. The sergeant described the driver, whose name was not immediately released, as “suicidal.” News video shows the […]