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
  • Before and After Photos Show What Mudslides Did to Montecito

    The mud came in an instant and swept away everything in its path. Trees, homes, vehicles, even people — nothing was spared from the rapidly flowing mud’s wrath. Images taken before and after the mudslides in Montecito, California, show the extent of the destruction. The neighborhood of Randall Road turned from lush green to a deep brown, with wide swaths of street transformed into a flooded landscape. The mudslides began after heavy rains early Tuesday created rivers of mud and […]

  • A body is carried on a stretcher following a police shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Shoot Man in South L.A. After Responding to Reports of Man With a Knife

    Los Angeles police shot a man after responding to reports of a man with a knife in South Los Angeles on Thursday, officials confirmed. The shooting took place near the intersection of 40th Place and Menlo Avenue, between Hoover Street and Vermont Avenue, in the Vermont Square neighborhood, according to Sal Ramirez, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Police originally told KTLA they responded to the area around 11 a.m. after a juvenile placed a 911 […]

  • Boston residents shovel out their vehicle the day after the region was hit with a "bomb cyclone" on Jan. 5, 2018. (Credit: Scott Eisen / Getty Images)

    Ice Storm Expected in Eastern and Midwestern U.S. Cities Following ‘Bomb Cyclone’

    The arctic cold should loosen up soon, but don’t pack away your earmuffs yet. An ice storm is expected to blanket Northeastern and Midwestern cities Sunday and Monday as warmer air begins to move through the Midwest and into the East, CNN meteorologists said Saturday. Ice could accumulate in cities such as Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Washington, New York and Atlanta, they said. Chicago has an 80% chance of snow Sunday night, whereas Boston has a 20% chance of snow showers […]

  • Grand Park decorated for New Year's Eve on Dec. 31, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Thousands Expected to Attend New Year’s Eve Celebration at Grand Park in DTLA

    Thousands of revelers are expected to take part in a New Year’s Eve celebration at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The festivities kick off at 8 p.m. Sunday at the park, which stretches from Spring Street to Grand Avenue, directly in front of City Hall, organizers said. The free event will feature live music, a “digital dance zone,” photo booths and supersize 3-D projections on the side of City Hall, including the big countdown to midnight. There will be […]

  • Streets were blocked off near downtown L.A. while police investigated a shooting that left an officer injured on Dec. 29, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Officer Shot in Ambush Attack Near Downtown L.A. in ‘Good Spirits,’ Chief Beck Says

    A Los Angeles Police officer who was shot in a suspected ambush attack near downtown Friday was described as being in “remarkably good spirits” by Chief Charlie Beck Saturday morning. The officer, who has not been identified, was shot in the left thigh and is in stable condition. She was close to the end of her probationary period after graduating from the academy when she was shot, officials said. The incident occurred about 9:50 a.m. in the Westlake district on […]

  • 2018 Rose Parade Do’s and Don’ts

    It’s always a good idea to brush up on the Rose Parade’s do’s and don’ts before heading out Pasadena. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 29, 2017.

  • Pasadena police officers are seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rose Parade Will Have Tighter Security Ahead of New Year’s Day Festivities

    Rose Parade officials are tightening security ahead of the 2018 New Year’s Day festivities. Dave Mecham reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 and Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 28, 2017.

  • A truck is seen covered in snow in Erie, Pennsylvania. (Credit: CNN)

    Frigid Weather Will Usher in New Year in Midwest and Eastern U.S.

    The eastern United States and the Midwest are being clobbered with a brutal cold front that will stretch through the week and probably make New Year’s Eve a frigid affair in many cities. After an unusually cold Christmas, “more of the country will be dealing with this bitter cold,” CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said. “We’ll have one arctic blast tonight and another toward the end of the week and into the weekend.” Norman said 48 million people were under a […]

  • Travelers pass through LAX on Dec. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    More Than 100 Million Americans Expected to Travel Over Holidays: AAA

    A record number of Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, with AAA forecasting more than 100 million will spend the end of the year away from home. According to AAA, between December 12 and January 1, 97.4 million Americans will make their journeys by automobile, while 6.4 million are expected to take airplanes. Another 3.6 million will use trains, buses or cruise ships to head to their destinations. Those traveling by car are doing so despite facing the highest year-end […]