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 investigation was underway on May 24, 2015, after a man was shot by LAPD officers in a Hollywood parking lot. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Man Shot by Police After Allegedly Pointing Gun at Group of People in Hollywood

    A man was taken into custody Sunday morning after being shot by an LAPD officer following a confrontation with several men in a Hollywood parking lot that resulted in him pointing a gun at the group, according to police. The shooting occurred on Cherokee Street north of Hollywood Boulevard at about 2:10 a.m., according to Det. Meghan Aguilar of the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers who were patrolling the area heard a verbal altercation in a parking lot and, upon […]

  • Los Angeles firefighters are seen at a burned-out house in West Hills on Saturday, May 23, 2015. (Credit: RMG News)

    Roof Collapses After Explosion, Fire at West Hills Home; 2 Hospitalized

    Los Angeles firefighters on Saturday evening extinguished a fire at a West Hills home that later became the scene of a narcotics investigation, officials said. The two-story single-family residence in the 6500 block of North Ellenview Avenue (map) was initially well-involved in flames, and its roof completely collapsed, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Neighbor Tracy Haynes said he heard two explosions before he saw the fire. “I was sitting in my house and then I heard a boom, and then probably […]

  • A resident captured this photo of a coyote shortly before a 3-year-old girl was attacked on May 22, 2015.

    3-Year-Old Girl Attacked by Coyote While Walking With Parents in Irvine Park

    A 3-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote while walking with her parents in Silverado Park in Irvine on Friday evening. The incident occurred around 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Equinox and Silverado, according to Farrah Emami with the Irvine Police Department. The girl, who suffered superficial wounds in the attack, was treated at a local hospital and released. Officials were still searching the neighborhood for the coyote. More Video:

  • Huey’s Homecoming

    Dog fighting is a felony offense in all fifty states, but even with the serious punishment kennels are full of the abused canines. In January we brought you the story of Huey – a pit bull who survived the violent sport and the woman dedicated to nursing him back to life. Now, we are following up the lucky dog. Sara Welch reports on KTLA News at 11pm on May 19, 2015. To follow Huey, visit his Facebook page – Saving […]

  • Children's toys could be seen outside a home where a 3-year-old boy was stabbed on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder After Allegedly Stabbing 3-Year-Old Son in Cudahy

    The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was critically injured after being stabbed in Cudahy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Michelle Betancourt, 23, was taken into custody and booked at the sheriff’s East L.A. Station Tuesday morning, according to sheriff’s deputy Kelvin Moody. The arrest came more than 12 hours after deputies found the injured toddler in the 3800 block of Walnut Street (map) on Monday night. He had […]

  • Authorities were responding to an oil slick in the ocean off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Oil Slick Blackens Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County; Coast Guard Responding

    Federal, state and local officials were responding to a 4-mile-wide oil slick that poured from a ruptured pipeline into the waters off Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday. A pungent smell wafted across the coastline from the spilled oil on the popular beach about 20 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara. U.S. Coast Guard crews were responding to an “unknown sheen” at Refugio, the guard’s Los Angeles/Long Beach office Twitter account initially stated. The sheen was from a […]

  • Fathers Advocate for Gun Control One Year After Children Killed in Isla Vista Rampage

    Nearly one year after both of their children were killed in a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, two fathers joined forces Monday calling for tougher gun control laws. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Monday, May 18, 2015.

  • About 100 residents were evacuated from their homes after a gas line ruptured in Hollywood on Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Displaced Residents Return Home Following Repair of Ruptured Gas Line in Hollywood

    About 100 Hollywood residents were allowed to return to their homes Sunday morning following the repair of a 6-inch natural gas line that was inadvertently ruptured by a contractor, officials said. The gas leak was reported about 11:28 a.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of North Cahuenga Boulevard (map), prompting the evacuation of nearby buildings and closure of several streets, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No fire or injuries were caused by the incident, which a spokeswoman for the Southern […]

  • The Los Angeles Police Department Released a Sketch of the man sought in the Boyle Heights attack on May 15, 2015.

    Man Armed With Machete Breaks into Woman’s Boyle Heights Home, Sexually Assaults Her

    Police were asking for the public help in locating a man armed with a machete who broke into a woman’s home in Boyle Heights and sexually assaulted her early Friday morning. The attacked occurred around 12:30 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was in bed asleep when an unknown male Hispanic forced open the living room window and climbed into the home, […]