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
  • A Wal-Mart is seen in a file photo. (Credit: WXIN)

    Sudden Closure of Pico Rivera Wal-Mart Draws Skepticism From Employees

    Walmart surprised everyone and put 2,200 people out of work Monday when it temporarily closed five stores, including one in Pico Rivera. The reason for the shut down: plumbing problems, according to the retailer. Two of the stores are in Texas, and the others are in California, Florida and Oklahoma. They will be closed for “extended repairs” for approximately six months, the company said. The stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday, after workers were notified just hours before that they […]

  • U.S. Capitol Police have converged Wednesday, April 15, 2015 on a manned aircraft that has landed on the west front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Police have taken the pilot into custody.
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    Florida Letter Carrier in Custody After Landing Gyrocopter on US Capitol Lawn

    A mailman from Florida wanted to make a big, bold point about the corruption that results from money in politics. So Doug Hughes boarded a small personal aircraft called a “gyrocopter” and flew an hour from Maryland into restricted airspace over Washington and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol building. In tote: letters for every member of Congress urging them to reform campaign finance laws. Hughes caused a melee Wednesday afternoon when he flew his gyrocopter, undetected by […]

  • Hundreds of low-wage workers in Brooklyn kicked off a national day of protest Wednesday as they demanded pay of $15 an hour.
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    Low-Wage Workers Demand $15 an Hour in National Day of Protest

    Hundreds of low-wage workers in Brooklyn kicked off a national day of protest Wednesday as they demanded pay of $15 an hour — a rallying cry that was echoed across the country, including in the Los Angeles area. The New York demonstrators were among tens of thousands expected to take to the streets in cities across the country to rally for better salaries and benefits in what organizers said would be the biggest protest of its kind to date. “What […]

  • A fire department vehicle is seen outside an Alaska Airlines plane after an emergency landing on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Credit: FootyFIEND/Twitter)

    L.A.-Bound Flight Forced to Land After Ramp Agent Gets Trapped in Cargo Hold

    An Alaska Airlines flight en route from Seattle to Los Angeles was forced to turn around after the pilot “reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft,” the airline said Monday. It turned out the banging was coming from a ramp agent who had become trapped in the cargo hold, according to a statement from the airline. “The captain immediately returned to Seattle, declaring an emergency for priority landing,” according to the statement. “The aircraft was in the air for 14 […]

  • A high-speed pursuit ended in a head-on crash in Pasadena on Friday, April 10, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    High Speed Pursuit Ends in Violent Head-on Collision on Pasadena Bridge

    A high-speed pursuit in Pasadena ended in a head-on collision on the Colorado Street Bridge on Friday night. The chase began after witnesses began calling 911 around 8 p.m. reporting the driver of a Toyota Corolla swerving wildly in the Pasadena area, according to the California Highway Patrol. The pursuit ended when the driver failed to negotiate a curve leading to the Colorado Street Bridge and slammed head-on into a Nissan Maxima carrying two adults and a little girl, the […]

  • Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory drought restrictions near Sierra-at-Tahoe on April 1, 2015, in an area normally covered in snow on that date. (Credit: Department of Water Resources)

    Gov. Brown Orders 25 Percent Cut in Urban Water Use in 1st-Ever Mandatory Statewide Reductions

    As state officials announced the lowest-ever snowpack in the Sierra Nevada — the source of nearly a third of California’s fresh water — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday said mandatory conservation measures would go into effect for the first time in history. Among other actions, the governor’s executive order will require urban areas to reduce water use by 25 percent. Brown announced the order as he stood at the Phillips snow course, near Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort and about 90 miles […]

  • Surveillance video showed a fight that led up to stabbing at a fast food restaurant in Mid-City on March 21, 2015.

    Dispute Over Headlights at Fast Food Restaurant Ends in Stabbing in Mid-City

    Police were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in identifying the person responsible for stabbing a cyclist outside a fast food restaurant in the Mid-City area in an attack that was caught on surveillance camera. It happened around 8:20 p.m. on March 21 in the parking lot of a Carl’s Jr. in the 2300 block of S. La Cienega Boulevard. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

  • Dodgers Security Team Member Testifies in Stow Civil Trial

    Zero Tolerance Tailgating Policy to Be Enforced at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day

    A zero tolerance policy for tailgating on opening day will be enforced at Dodger Stadium on April 6. Sara Welch reports from Elysian Park for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

  • A Lancaster woman was killed when a truck crashed through the wall of her home on Sunday, March 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lancaster Woman Killed in Her Bed When Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Into Home

    A Lancaster woman was killed as she slept in her bedroom late Sunday night when a truck driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed through the wall of her home and ran her over, authorities said. The incident occurred at about 10:55 p.m. in the 1000 block of West Avenue J-12 (map),  when the driver of a Toyota pickup truck hit several parked cars before careening into the house and striking the woman, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was […]