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
  • Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez was remembered at a funeral mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2015. (Credit: pool)

    Slain Downey Police Officer Left ‘Legacy of Love and Caring,’ Police Chief Says at Funeral

    During a Monday morning funeral service at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, slain Downey police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez was remembered as a compassionate man who was well loved and respected. Galvez was fatally shot in what was described as a botched robbery as he sat in his BMW in a parking lot next to the Downey police headquarters on Nov. 18. Three people, including two teenagers, have been charged in connection with his death. […]

  • Homicide detectives were investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Irwindale on Nov. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Found Shot to Death Inside Car in Irwindale: Police

    An investigation was underway after a man was found fatally shot inside a car in Irwindale on Wednesday morning, authorities said. The Irwindale Police Department responded after a passerby in another vehicle saw someone slouched inside the car in the 15900 block of Foothill Boulevard at around 5:40 a.m., Sgt. Rudy Gatto said. Units arrived and found the victim, who had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not released his identity. Aerial video over the scene […]

  • Luis Lorenzo Vargas breaks down in court on Nov. 23, 2015, as he is exonerated for three sexual assaults that he was convicted of and spent 16 years in jail for. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

    Falsely Convicted Man Exonerated After 16 Years in Prison; DNA Evidence Points to ‘Teardrop Rapist’ As Real Attacker

    A man who spent the past 16 years in prison for the sexual assault of three women in L.A. County was exonerated Monday after recently-tested DNA evidence pointed to the long-sought “Teardrop Rapist” as the likely attacker. Luis Vargas, 46, was sentenced to 55 years in prison in 1999 for raping a 15-year-old girl, and attacking and attempting to rape two other victims, the Los Angeles Times reported. Upon his conviction, Vargas told the court: “I’m concerned (the) individual (who) […]

  • A mother and pedestrian were killed in a crash in South L.A. on Nov. 22, 2015. (Credit: ANG.News)

    Mother, Pedestrian Killed by Possibly Intoxicated Driver in South L.A. Crash: LAPD

    Police were investigating if a driver was under the influence when they say he slammed into a minivan, killing a mother and injuring a child inside, before striking and killing an adult male pedestrian in South L.A. on Sunday. The violent collision occurred around midnight near South Normandie and West Slauson avenues, bordering the Harvard Park and Vermont-Slauson neighborhoods, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Dana Adams said. A driver, believed to be in a Dodge sedan, was heading southbound when […]

  • The search for a missing fisherman resumed off Ventura harbor on Nov. 21, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Fisherman, 60, Off Ventura Harbor

    The morning after a 60-year-old fisherman went missing after his boat capsized off the Ventura Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday they were no longer searching for the man. Chris Gregory, an experienced boater and Ventura resident, was fishing with a longtime friend near Marina Park when their vessel was overtaken by a wave, according to the missing man’s sister. Although the Coast Guard said the missing man was 65, family said he was 60. “Things were fine until this rogue wave […]

  • Laugh Factory founder Jamie Masada talked to KTLA on Nov. 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Laugh Factory Owner Discusses Alleged Phone Call From Hillary Clinton Campaign Over Video

    Laugh Factory founder Jamie Masada discusses reports that he received a call from a staffer in the Hillary Clinton campaign demanding that a video showing comedians’ jokes about the presidential candidate be taken down. Sara Welch reports from Hollywood Hills West for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Nov. 20, 2015.

  • One of three people involved in a lawsuit involving exploding electronic cigarettes shows his injured hand. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lawsuits Filed in California After Exploding E-Cigarettes Leave 3 Injured

    Vicente Garza was getting ready for bed in his Bakersfield home when he decided to use an electronic cigarette. He lifted the device to his mouth, pushed the vapor button and started to inhale. Then it exploded near his face, badly burning his mouth and dominant left hand, which was holding the device. Doctors amputated Garza’s left index finger, and he had to undergo immediate surgery on his tongue after the Oct. 16 incident. He still can barely eat. Garza’s […]

  • A small plane crashed and burned at Brackett Field Airport in La Verne on Nov. 19, 2015. (Credit: Emily Olson)

    Pilot Survives Fiery Crash of Small Plane in La Verne in ‘Miracle’

    A pilot’s survival of a plane crash in La Verne was called a “miracle” by a first responder who saw the wreckage exploding Thursday. La Verne firefighters were called to the scene at 1:44 p.m. with a report that a plane had crashed into a fence at Brackett Field Airport, catching fire. “When we arrived, we found the plane fully engulfed and actually exploding,” La Verne police Lt. Chris Fenner said. In addition to city firefighters and police, Los Angeles […]

  • A skier descends the slopes at Bear Mountain ski resort on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Skiers Take to Slopes as Bear Mountain Resort Opens for Season

    Enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders descended on the slopes at Bear Mountain ski resort Friday as the popular destination marked its opening day of the season. “We’re starting off a lot better” than last season, “with more terrain, more lifts, right off the bat,” a spokesman for the Angelus Oaks resort said. “We’ve got 30 features over here, top to bottom run.” Four lifts were open as snow machines produced fresh powder throughout the morning. On Friday, Bear Mountain and nearby Snow Summit […]