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
  • Jose Alfredo Gradilla-Cuevas was accused in a series of sexual batter incidents near Cal State Fullerton. (Credit: Fullerton Police)

    La Habra Man Accused in Series of Groping Incidents After Allegedly Being Caught in the Act

    A 21-year-old La Habra man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a series of sexual battery incidents against women over the past several months near Cal State Fullerton, police announced Wednesday. In all of the incidents, reported between August 2014 and February 2015, the suspect was accused of groping the private parts of his victims and then running away, according to a news release from the Fullerton Police Department. During their search for the unknown suspect, detectives spotted Jose Alfredo […]

  • In this file photo, demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on July 18, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo/Tauseef Mustafa)

    FBI: Three Men Attempted to Join ISIS; Planned to Hijack Commercial Flight

    One of three men arrested in the United States on Wednesday in a failed attempt to join ISIS in Syria allegedly discussed assassinating President Barack Obama, according to a complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York. The trio planned to embark on the journey Wednesday, hijack a commercial flight to Turkey and divert it “to the Islamic State, so that the Islamic State would gain a plane,” the complaint said. They also talked about joining the U.S. military […]

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    Rally Held for Teens Charged With Murder in Best Friend’s Death During Alleged “Drug Deal Gone Wrong”

    Friends and family members of the accused and the victim rallied outside outside the Van Nuys courthouse on Tuesday for two teenagers charged in the murder  of their best friend, Jake Koffman, even though neither of the defendants are the actual killer. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Click here for more information on a fund set up for the defendants.

  • Surveillance video from a nearby church showed a party bus around the time of a Norwalk crash that left a man in critical condition on Feb. 21, 2015.

    Investigators ID Vehicle Owner in Norwalk ‘Party Bus’ Crash That Left Man in Critical Condition

    Investigators have identified the vehicle and the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a husband and father of two in critical condition in Norwalk, authorities said Monday. The collision occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Fairford Avenue near Ratliffe Street, where 26-year-old Efren Virgen was struck by a “party bus” that kept on going. He was dragged more than 200 feet and was left with major injuries, including a crushed pelvis. A witness came to Virgen’s aid and called […]

  • Employees from the Tommy Hilfiger West Hollywood clothing store make their way through the early morning rain after having their Christmas portrait made at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Rain, Snow Expected to Hit SoCal; May Impact Oscars

    Winter weather advisories Sunday warned of rain and snow possibly hitting Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties, according to the National Weather Service. It wasn’t known if it would impact Oscar arrivals, which were expected to begin Sunday afternoon.

  • A hit-and-run driver pushed a parked car into a hydrant, shearing it on Feb. 21, 2015. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Chain-Reaction Crash in El Sereno Shears Hydrant; Hit-and-Run Driver Sought

    More than two dozen households in El Sereno were temporarily without water Saturday morning after a chain-reaction crash caused by a hit-and-run driver left a hydrant sheared. Sara Welch reports from El Sereno for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Feb. 21, 2015.

  • A bomb squad robot responds near Hollywood and Highland, where a man said his vehicle contained explosives on Feb. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Claiming to Have Explosives in Car, Prompts Bomb Squad Response, Street Closures in Hollywood

    A man who arrested after driving erratically in Hollywood told police he had explosives in his vehicle, prompting a bomb squad response and the temporary closure of streets near Hollywood & Highland Thursday. The individual, identified as 31-year-old Pharoah Gillis, was seen at about 11 a.m. driving erratically near the shopping complex — close to the site of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Video sent to KTLA by a witness showed a vehicle that appeared to be a black Volkswagen Jetta […]

  • The Sheriff's Department was responding to a body found on the beach in Malibu on Feb. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man’s Body Found Lying Face-Down on Beach in Malibu

    Sheriff’s homicide detectives were investigating after an adult man’s body was found along the coast in Malibu Tuesday. The body was found in the 20000 block of Pacific Coast Highway (map), according to Sgt. Jim Braden of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station. The man’s body was found face-down in the surf, sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Watters said at the scene. There was no immediate indication if the death was a homicide, a drowning or a suicide, Watters said. A bus […]

  • Travelers are stopped at a security check point at Los Angeles International Airport on November 23, 2011. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    False Report of LAX Gunman Sends Passengers Running Onto Tarmac

    A false report about a gunman that sent passengers fleeing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday has been blamed on a person in the terminal area, not the police or airport officials, authorities said. The panic occurred about 9 a.m. as police pursued and arrested a motorist outside Terminal 2 after he apparently tried to kill himself in his car, authorities said. According to airport police, a person in the gate area of the terminal announced publicly that there was […]