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
  • File photo of a sign at CSUN. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Shocking and Disappointing’ Hazing Incident Prompts Pledge Ban at CSUN

    Several months after a CSUN 19-year-old fraternity pledge died during a hike in the Angeles National Forest, the university has banned Greek pledge activities, citing a new incident of “possible hazing.” The ban was first reported in the student newspaper on Thursday and detailed in an announcement from Dean of Students William Watkins posted Friday. The new instance of alleged hazing involved Pi Kappa Alpha, according to Watkins, who called it “shocking and disappointing.” No details about the incident were provided […]

  • Isaiah Shelton-Dobine is shown in a photo provided by his family members. He was killed in a hit-and-run on Oct. 23, 2014.

    Family Members ID Boy Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in Upland; Driver Identified

    An 11-year-old boy who was walking to school in Upland was killed Thursday by a hit-and-run driver who later arrested and described as a “coward” by the victim’s stepfather. The boy was struck by a car at Arrow Highway and Benson Avenue (map) while he was walking to nearby Cabrillo Elementary School just before 8 a.m., according to the Upland Police Department. The boy had “severe trauma” and was transported to San Antonio Community Hospital, where he died. He was […]

  • Girls Demand Apology After Being Called “Whores” During Show at Halloween Horror Nights

    Two 13-year-old girls claim a woman emceeing a show during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios in September targeted them in a crowd of strangers calling the teens sluts, whores and hookers. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

  • Costumed Chewbacca and Freddy Krueger intervened after two characters started fighting on Hollywood Boulevard on Oct. 21, 2014. (Credit:

    Caught on Video: Character Brawl Erupts on Hollywood Blvd; Chewbacca, Freddy Krueger Try to Break It Up

    A brawl that recently broke out between multiple characters outside a popular tourist attraction on Hollywood Boulevard and was captured on video was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities said Wednesday. The incident occurred outside the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex and in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre sometime Tuesday afternoon. In the video, which was posted to website, people dressed as the characters Mr. Incredible and Batgirl appeared to have been involved in a […]

  • Murrieta Mayor Alan William Long is shown in a booking photo released by Murrieta  PD on Oct. 17, 2014.

    Murrieta Mayor Alan Long Resigns After Alleged DUI Arrest in Crash That Injured 4 Cheerleaders

    Four days after his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving in connection with a crash that left four high school cheerleaders hospitalized, the mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday but said he would continue to seek a second term. Alan Long, 44, was arrested on the evening of Oct. 16 evening after allegedly crashing his truck into a passenger vehicle filled with four teen Murrieta Valley High School students, who were all injured. Two preliminary alcohol screenings showed Long was at and below […]

  • Police released a  surveillance photo of the vehicle sought in the armed robbery of a recording studio in Santa Ana. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Three Sought in Armed Robbery at Santa Ana Recording Studio

    Police were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in locating three men wanted in an armed robbery at a music recording studio in Santa Ana. The three men arrived at The OC Recording Company located in the 3100 block of Warner Avenue around 10:20 p.m. on Oct. 7 under the pretense of recording an album, according to a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department. After making contact with the owner and being asked to wait outside, the men […]

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    Scheduling Issues at Jefferson High School Hurting Student’s Education: Parents

    Parents were complaining Tuesday that scheduling issues at Jefferson High have left some students unable to attend courses they need to graduate, or assigned to classes they already completed. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

  • This graphic is an excerpt from CDC guidance on putting on and removing personal protective equipment, also known as PPE. (Credit: CNN/CDC)

    Dallas Nurse Infected With Ebola ID’d; Questions Remain About How She Caught It

    The nurse wore a mask, gown, shield and gloves as she helped care for a dying Ebola patient in Texas. And a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she tested positive for Ebola, health officials are still trying to figure out how exactly she caught it. “Something went wrong, and we need to find out why and what,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The woman, Nina Pham, […]

  • A makeshift memorial is scene near the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in South Los Angeles. (Credit: KTLA)

    Friends Remember Woman, 56, Fatally Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in South L.A.

    As an investigation continued into a South L.A. collision that left a 56-year-old pedestrian dead, her friends on Saturday remembered her as a good person and asked the hit-and-run driver to come forward. The incident occurred about 9:45 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and 63rd Street (map), in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, where a woman was struck by a car that did not stop, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Friends said the victim was Diane […]