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
  • Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on Sept. 26, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    As New Allegations Arise Against Bill Cosby, NBC and Netflix Halt Projects

    The allegations about Bill Cosby keep coming. For decades, Cosby was thought of in glowing terms as a perceptive comedian, upbeat pitchman and genial father figure. His public personality made him more than rich — it made him a role model, admired for his support of education and his no-nonsense talks on parenting and achievement. In recent weeks, that persona has been paired with another, much darker image. On Tuesday, the famed comedian and TV star was accused of rape […]

  • An automated external defibrillator is seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Coaches Credited With Saving Life of 15-Year-Old Basketball Player in OC

    Two coaches were credited with saving the life of a 15-year-old basketball player who collapsed on the court during practice. Sara Welch reports from Aliso Viejo for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 19, 2014.

  • In this handout from the European Space Agency (ESA), the comet Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen in a photo taken by the Rosetta spacecraft with the OSIRIS narrow-angle camera Aug. 3, 2014, in space. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA via Getty Images)

    Decadelong Rosetta Mission Prepares for First-Ever Landing on Comet

    Rosetta mission controllers have made the first call to “Go” for an attempted landing on Comet 67P, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced in a webcast Tuesday. If it succeeds it will be the first time a spacecraft has landed on a comet. Scientists say there are still a few more key decisions to take in the coming hours before a planned separation of the landing craft Philae from the mother ship Rosetta on Wednesday. Philae, which has spent 10 […]

  • Francisco Garcia, a 21-year-old Army veteran, posted this photo on his Facebook. He was shot and killed a party in Sylmar on Nov. 9, 2014.

    Police Investigating If ‘Tagger Dispute’ Led to Shooting Death of Army Veteran in Sylmar

    As the search continued Monday for the gunman who killed a 21-year-old Army veteran over the weekend in Sylmar, police officials said they had begun investigating if the shooting was the result of a dispute between “tagger crews.” Francisco Garcia had recently returned from Afghanistan and was at a homecoming party held at his girlfriend’s home when he was shot and killed early Sunday morning, Los Angeles Police Department officials stated in a news release at the time. LAPD Lt. […]

  • A man was killed Nov. 9, 2014, after leading LAPD and SWAT officers on an hourslong pursuit. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Man Dies After Shooting at Police, SWAT Officers Throughout Hourslong Pursuit

    Officials shot and killed a man early Sunday morning after he fired on police and SWAT officers throughout an hourlong pursuit that ended in Cypress Park, authorities said. Officers part of the LAPD’s gang unit recognized the man from an Oct. 30 assault with a deadly weapon situation and began pursuing him around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Frank Preciado said. It was unclear where the pursuit began. LAPD’s Hollenbeck division, which covers L.A.’s Eastside, first responded with SWAT […]

  • The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department released this photo of Charles Merritt, suspected in the deaths of the McStay family, during a news conference on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.

    Business Associate Charged in ‘Cold and Callous Murder’ of Entire McStay Family: DA

    Almost a year to the day after an off-road motorcyclist found the remains of a California family who had vanished from their home in 2010, authorities announced Friday they had arrested the man they believe is responsible for the deaths. Charles “Chase” Ray Merritt is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small boys, Gianni and Joseph Jr., San Bernardino County, California, District Attorney Michael Ramos told reporters at a […]

  • Jim McDonnell speaks at an election victory party on Nov. 4, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Los Angeles County Elects New Sheriff, Assessor and Supervisor

    Voters in Los Angeles County cast ballots to elect a new sheriff, assessor and member of the powerful Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. LIVE ELECTION RESULTS: Notable local races; Raw county data After several years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was set to be led Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, a former assistant chief in the Los Angeles Police Department, who declared victory over former undersheriff Paul Tanaka. With 38.6 percent of precincts reporting, McDonnell had a commanding 74.6 percent […]

  • Debris from Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo sits in a desert field north of Mojave on Nov. 2, 2014. The spacecraft crashed Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring another. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

    Virgin Galactic Crash: Copilot Who Died Unlocked Lever Early, NTSB Says

    The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Monday night that the copilot who died in the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo prematurely unlocked the spacecraft’s aerodynamic controls. After some confusion, acting chairman Christopher Hart clarified that 39-year-old Michael Alsbury, who died in Friday’s crash, was in the right seat. He flipped a switch to unlock a lever that may have caused the spacecraft’s tail to rise and create drag — an action known as “feathering.” That action occurred moments before […]

  • Shenae Irene Dixon is shown in a photo released by the Long Beach Police Department on Oct. 31, 2014.

    Mother of 2 Toddlers Found Wandering Alone in Long Beach Is Arrested

    The mother of two toddlers who were found wandering along on a sidewalk in Long Beach had “endangered and abandoned her children” and was placed under arrest, investigators said Friday, hours after the woman was found. Shenae Irene Dixon, 23, was identified as the mother of the boys on Friday morning, when police asked the public for help finding her. Dixon was located in good health, the Long Beach Police Department announced on Twitter at about 2 p.m. Dixon was found […]