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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
  • Smoke rises out of the burning Sand Fire on July 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sand Fire Burns 55 Square Miles, Destroys 18 Homes; Some Residents Allowed to Return Home

    Some residents affected by a wildfire burning in the Santa Clarita area were allowed to return home Monday evening as firefighters continued to battle the blaze that has scorched more than 35,000 acres, or about 55 square miles in the Angeles National Forest. Most evacuations were lifted at 7 p.m., except for homes on Placerita Canyon Road from Running Horse Lane to Pacy Street and Little Tujunga Canyon Road from the Wildlife Way Station to Sand Canyon Road and Placerita Canyon Road. Areas in Agua Dulce also […]

  • Authorities were investigating a body found in a Bell home on July 21, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Found Dead, Wrapped in Blanket, in Locked Bell Home: LASD

    Sheriff’s homicide detectives on Thursday were investigating the death woman found dead, completely wrapped in a blanket, in her home in the city of Bell. Detectives responded to Pine Avenue to help the Bell Police Department, according to a brief news release sent out by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department about 10:15 a.m. Authorities on scene — in the 6600 block of Pine Avenue — said a woman was found dead after a welfare check at a home about […]

  • A helicopter makes a water drop on a brush fire burning in the Hollywood Hills on July 19, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    200 Firefighters Battle 18-Acre Brush Fire in Hollywood Hills

    An 18-acre brush fire burned drought-stricken hillsides above the Cahuenga Pass Tuesday afternoon, sending a column of smoke towering over the Hollywood Hills. A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter spotted the grass fire near the northbound 101 Freeway and Cahuenga Boulevard just after 3 p.m., according to an LAFD update. Voluntary evacuations were ordered for Holly Drive. Grass was burning on a west-facing slope heading into moderate brush, LAFD’s Margaret Stewart said initially. About 200 firefighters responded, and the county Fire […]

  • Police officers and rescue workers arrive at the scene of an attack on July 14, 2016, after a truck ploughed into a crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice.
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    10 Children, Teens Among 84 Killed in Nice, France Terror Attack; Suspect Identified

    A day after a terrorist mowed down dozens of people celebrating Bastille Day in the coastal French city of Nice, investigators dug into the life of the man they say was the killer: A 31-year-old delivery driver and Nice resident who was born in Tunisia. Authorities said Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a rented, refrigerated truck weighing about 20 tons into crowds along a roughly 2-kilometer stretch of Promenade des Anglais on Thursday night, killing 84 people — including 10 children […]

  • The edge of Pyramid Lake is shown on July 13, 2016, when an algal bloom was present. (Credit: KTLA)

    Algal Bloom at Pyramid Lake Prompts Warning About Toxins

    The public is being advised to limit activities at Pyramid Lake — a popular swimming, boating, fishing and waterskiing destination — to avoid an algal bloom that has developed there. The state Department of Water Resources issued the warning on Wednesday. It’s not clear when the bloom developed. The lake, a man-made reservoir, is in northwest Los Angeles County off the 5 Freeway south of Gorman. Contact with or ingestion of water affected by an algal bloom can expose people […]

  • Morning commuters travel the 210 Freeway in this file photo taken Dec. 1, 2009, near Pasadena. (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Portion of Westbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena Will Be Closed Over Weekend

    A portion of the westbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena will be closed over the weekend starting Friday night, according to Caltrans. The highway will be closed between Lake Avenue on the east end and Mountain Street on the north end, after the 134 splits off to the west, from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday for a $148.5 million pavement rehabilitation project. The eastbound connection from the 134 Freeway to the westbound 210 will also be shut down during the […]

  • People write condolence notes and lay flowers at a growing memorial in front of the Dallas Police Headquarters near the area that is still an active crime scene in downtown Dallas following the deaths of five police officers last night on July 8, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Dallas Gunman Was ‘Lone Shooter,’ Had Manifestos, Bomb-Making Materials at Home

    The ambush began with gunshots that killed five officers and sent screaming crowds scrambling for cover. It ended when a Dallas police bomb squad robot killed a gunman after negotiations failed. Investigators identified the dead attacker as 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson of Mesquite, Texas, a military veteran who’d served in Afghanistan. Police said they searched his home Friday afternoon and found bomb-making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics. Investigators are analyzing information in the […]

  • Alton Sterling, 37, was killed by police outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is shown in a photo posted to Facebook and distributed by CNN Wire.

    Alton Sterling Death: Second Video of Deadly Encounter, 911 Call Released

    A second video showing the shooting death of Alton Sterling, a black man shot several times while being held on the ground by police outside a Louisiana convenience store, was posted online Wednesday as federal authorities took charge of the investigation and local officials asked residents to keep their protests peaceful. The video, obtained by CNN, shows another angle and was recorded closer to the shooting by one of two white Baton Rouge police officers who were answering a 911 […]

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    Donors Rally to Help Mexican Youth Baseball Team Abandoned by Sponsor After Arriving in U.S.

    A Montebello church and members of the community rallied to help a Mexican youth baseball team abandoned by its sponsor after arriving in the U.S. A GoFundMe page has been created to help the team. Sara Welch reports from Montebello for the KTLA 5 News at 1 p.m. on July 5, 2016.