Sara Welch

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
  • Fullerton police on Aug. 20, 2019 released surveillance video and a sketch of the suspect in a deadly stabbing at California State University Fullerton.

    Police Release Sketch, Surveillance Video in Fatal Stabbing at Cal State Fullerton

    Authorities on Tuesday released surveillance video and a sketch of a suspect in the deadly stabbing of a retired California State University Fullerton administrator whose body was found inside his car at a campus parking lot the previous morning. Fullerton police identified the victim as 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan of Hacienda Heights, whom they believe was targeted in the attack. The Police Department said they responded to the parking lot near the College Park building around 8:27 a.m. Monday […]

  • A fatal police shooting was under investigation in El Sereno on Aug. 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Fatally Shot After Ambushing Officers in El Sereno, Police Say

    A man was fatally shot by officers after ambushing a patrol vehicle that was stopped at a red light in El Sereno Sunday night, police said. The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. as the patrol vehicle was stopped in the area of Alhambra Avenue and Lombardy Boulevard, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. While the officers were waiting for the red light to change, a man with a handgun shot at their patrol vehicle, Montgomery said. The man […]

  • Omar Munoz, 25, was fatally shot in San Fernando on Aug. 15, 2019. He is seen in an undated photo provided to KTLA.

    Man Shot Dead in San Fernando Had Proposed to Girlfriend Just Days Earlier, His Fiancee’s Mother Says

    In the days before he was shot to death in San Fernando, Omar Munoz had asked his girlfriend to marry him, the woman’s mother said Friday. Munoz, 25, was identified by loved ones as the man who authorities say was found fatally shot in the 300 block of Harps Street on Thursday night. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds when San Fernando police officers responded to the scene just after 9:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s […]

  • Authorities investigate a shooting in San Fernando on Aug. 15, 2019. (Credit: RMG News)

    Man Shot to Death in San Fernando

    Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in San Fernando on Thursday night, officials said. The deadly shooting was reported about 9:30 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 300 block of Harps Street, according to Deputy Erin Liu of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. The Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is assisting the San Fernando Police Department with the case. Paramedics pronounced the victim, initially described only as a man, dead at the scene, Liu […]

  • An investigation was underway in Lancaster after a fatal multivehicle crash on Aug. 14, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Violent Crash in Lancaster Kills 4 People, 2 Dogs; Witness Says Driver Ran Red Light: LASD

    Four people were killed in a violent crash in Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon that also left two dogs dead, authorities said. A Toyota Avalon was headed west on West Avenue H just after 12 p.m. when, according to a witness, the car ran a red light, striking a Volkswagen Jetta that was traveling northbound on 30th Street West, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The force of the impact caused all three occupants — a man and two […]

  • An undated photo shows Los Angeles Unified school board member Nick Melvoin, left, with Supt. Austin Beutner, center. Melvoin helped devise the proposed rating system for public schools and privately run charters. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    LAUSD May Issue Ratings to Its Schools, Charters to Help Parents Choose

    Los Angeles Unified is considering its first-ever plan to provide a rating scale for public schools and privately run charters, a move aimed at giving parents and educators simple and accessible analysis of campus performance, documents reviewed by The Times show. If it moves forward, the effort to rate schools on a scale of 1 to 5 would allow for a direct comparison of academic programs in a way that would benefit some schools and present others in an unflattering […]

  • Authorities respond Aug. 12, 2019, to a Riverside gun battle that left one CHP officer dead and two others wounded; the gunman was also killed. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    ‘Horrific Gunbattle’ Leaves 1 CHP Officer Dead, 2 More Wounded in Riverside

    Two California Highway Patrol officers were expected to recover from the injuries they suffered in a Monday evening shootout that erupted after a driver fatally shot their fellow officer during a traffic stop on a 215 Freeway overpass, authorities announced Tuesday. Officials identified the officer killed as 34-year-old Andre Moye, who had served with the CHP in Riverside since 2017 and left behind his wife, Sara, parents, sisters, and brothers. A fund has been set up for his family. The […]

  • A man clad in Donald Trump gear yells "shame on all of you" to immigration rights advocates at a "Close the Camp" rally outside the Metropolitan Detention Center on Aug. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘We Should Stop Caging Human Beings’: Jewish Groups, Other Advocates Gather for ‘Close the Camp’ Rally in DTLA

    Members of Southern California’s Jewish community and other immigrant rights advocates held a “Close the Camps” rally in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, which marks a Jewish holiday of mourning and fasting. “Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning for the plight of our refugee ancestors,” says a statement by T’ruah, one of several Jewish groups who gathered outside the Metropolitan Detention Center. “On this Jewish day of mourning, we cannot ignore the cries of those whose tragedy is right […]

  • Zachary Castaneda, 33, is seen during a police news conference on Aug, 8, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect in O.C. Stabbing Rampage That Left 4 Dead Charged With Murder, Could Face Death Penalty

    A man suspected of stabbing four people to death and severely wounding two others in a robbery rampage across Orange County this week pleaded not guilty to murder and several other felony counts on Friday. Zachary Castaneda’s alleged violent attacks have been described as “pure hate” and “full of anger” by law enforcement. Castaneda, 33, had to be arraigned from his cell Friday afternoon at Orange County Jail, where he is being held on $1.1. million bail. He had refused to […]

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