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
  • Two photographs show Fergus (left) and Bella (right) -- two dogs who survived severe  chemical burns. (Credit: KTLA)

    More Dogs Suffering From Acid Burns Brought to Lancaster Animal Shelter; Two Dead

    A golden retriever who endured third degree burns after someone poured acid down his spine was only one of several dogs found tortured in a similar manner in recent weeks in the Antelope Valley. “Fergus” was one of four dogs suffering from chemical burns who were brought to the Lancaster Animal Shelter. Two of the dogs were so badly injured they had to be euthanized. Fergus and a third dog, nicknamed “Bella,” managed to survive, but still faced a long […]

  • Firefighters responded to one of six structures that were burned by the Warm Fire in the Castaic area on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Credit: Newsreel)

    Warm Fire Is 50 Percent Contained After Burning 300 Acres in Castaic Area

    Firefighters on Monday morning continued to make progress against a brush fire that destroyed six structures and scorched 300 acres in the Castaic area, officials said. The so-called Warm Fire was initially believed to have consumed 500 acres, but that figure was reduced after the burn area was mapped by Angeles National Forest aircraft, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. By 4 p.m. on Monday, the blaze was 50 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service reported. Roughly 170 firefighters […]

  • A firefighter holds a days-old kitten that was rescued at the scene of the Cabin Fire in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Rescue Kitten While Battling Wildfire in Angeles National Forest

    While battling the Cabin Fire in the Angeles National Forest, firefighters rescued a kitten that they found underneath a bulldozer. Sara Welch reports from Irwindale for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Kitten rescued by FF at #CabinFire has formula and Vet. Ty Animal Alliance of Chatsworth for help. LACo_FD @LAFDtalk — Sara Welch (@SaraWelchKTLA) August 16, 2015

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    Cabin Fire Burns 1,448 Acres Above Glendora, Is 20% Contained

    More than 600 firefighters on Sunday continued battling a wildfire in the Angeles National Forest above Glendora, amid scorching temperatures and arid conditions. The Cabin Fire began Friday afternoon about 3 miles north of Highway 39 and Rincon Red Box Road, in San Gabriel Canyon. Two days later, it had burned 1,448 acres of heavy brush and was 20 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. No evacuation orders were in place Sunday afternoon. Firefighters were protecting structures in the Crystal Lake […]

  • Firefighters battle the Cabin Fire in triple-digit heat on Aug. 14, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Improved Mapping Shows Cabin Fire Is 1,448 Acres, 20% Contained

    Improved mapping on Sunday showed the Cabin Fire, which had burned five structures in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, was smaller than initially thought and 20 percent contained, according to fire officials. Dave Mecham reports from Azusa for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. More videos:

  • Surveillance video provided by a Glendora family showed a large bear wandering around outside their home on Aug, 12, 2015.

    Glendora Family Hides in Bedroom While Hungry Bear Rummages Through Kitchen

    A frightened Glendora family hid in a back bedroom Wednesday after a large bear entered their home through a sliding glass door in the kitchen and began eating whatever it could find. It all started around 10 p.m. Wednesday night after the Ashcraft family had gone to bed. Surveillance video showed a large bear wandering around outside their home in 1900 block of Foothill Boulevard. Justin Ashcraft said he heard the dog barking and got up to look around. “I […]

  • Newport Beach were investigating a hit-and-run that left a teenage bicyclist injured in the Balboa Peninsula area on Aug. 11, 2015. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Man Surrenders in Hit-and-Run Crash That Left Teen Girl Cyclist Critical in Newport Beach

    A 36-year-old man turned himself in to police on Wednesday afternoon in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Newport Beach the previous night that left a 14-year-old girl hospitalized in critical condition. The man, identified as Anthony Michael George, was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, police Lt. Jeff Brouwer said. Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a report of a collision between a bicyclist and a vehicle in the intersection of East Bay and Anade avenues in the Balboa Peninsula area, […]

  • Donyetta Butts is seen in a photo provided by her mother.

    12-Year-Old Girl With Mental Health Condition Reported Missing in North Hills

    A search was underway in North Hills on Wednesday for a 12-year-old girl with a mental health condition who went missing when she went barefoot to take out the trash the previous night, according to her mother and police. Donyetta “D.D.” Butts was last seen at the Hometown Inn, at 9401 Sepulveda Blvd., around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department stated. The girl’s mother, Michelle Mosby, told KTLA that Donyetta had gone outside to throw […]

  • Two people died after the two vehicles pictured crashed in North Hills on Aug. 9, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Teen Arrested for Alleged DUI After North Hills Crash Kills 3 Men, Critically Injures 1

    A 19-year-old was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after a crash killed three men in another vehicle and critically injured one person Sunday morning in North Hills, officials said. Responding officials discovered two men dead on arrival when they responded to reports of a crash near Haskell Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard (map) around 2:45 a.m., investigators said. Firefighters extricated at least one person, the Los Angeles Fire Department tweeted. Riley John Holman, of Mission Hills, was the sole occupant of […]