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
  • The sheriff's office received a call about a family dispute at the actor's home in Hope Ranch, California, on Oct. 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Son of ‘Tarzan’ Actor Ron Ely Allegedly Killed His Mother Before Police Fatally Shot Him in Santa Barbara County

    “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely’s wife was stabbed to death in their California home by their 30-year-old son, who was then shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies, authorities said Wednesday. Deputies summoned to the home by a 911 call found Valerie Lundeen Ely, 62, dead with multiple stab wounds shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, a Santa Barbara County sheriff’s statement said. The deputies talked to Ron Ely and identified his son, 30-year-old Cameron Ely, as the suspect, and found him outside […]

  • The Granada Hills Recreation Center was filled to capacity with Saddleridge Fire evacuees on Oct. 11, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘There’s Fire All Around,’ Saddleridge Fire Evacuees Fill Shelters to Capacity

    Shelters are being filled to capacity with evacuees from the 4,700-acre Saddleridge Fire burning in the Porter Ranch area Friday morning. The fire prompted officials to issue mandatory evacuation orders for 12,700 homes, leaving residents scrambling for a place to go. A shelter at the Granada Hills Recreation Center, another at the Sylmar Recreation Center, and a third shelter at Mason Park had to stop taking evacuees because they were too full Friday morning, officials said. Sherry from Porter Ranch […]

  • A Southern California Edison lineman grounds a power line in La Habra. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    SCE Customers Brace for Possible Power Outages in Effort to Prevent Wildfires

    With nearly 500,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers already without power in Northern California Wednesday, residents in the southern part of the state have been told by Southern California Edison to brace for the possibility of widespread outages as well. As of Wednesday morning, SCE said it could cut electricity to more than 173,000 customers in the following communities in an effort to avert wildfires (see SoCal Edison’s website for maps and the latest updates): Los Angeles County (about 49,439 […]

  • P-30, left, and P-53, right, are seen in photos released by the National Park Service.

    2 Mountain Lions From Santa Monica Mountains Study Found Dead; Both Ingested Rat Poison: NPS

    Two mountain lions that were part of a study of pumas in the Santa Monica Mountains have been found dead, and evidence shows that both ingested rat poison, the National Park Service said in a somber announcement on Tuesday morning. One of the cougars, a 6-year-old male known as P-30, died from anticoagulant rodenticide poisoning, according to biologists. A cause of death was not determined for the other big cat, a 4-year-old female known as P-53, but testing determined there […]

  • Riverside Fire Department firefighters take part in a demonstration at the Public Safety Expo on Oct. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighters Show Off Skills at Expo in Riverside for Fire Prevention Week

    Firefighters demonstrated the tools and skills of their trade Sunday as they hosted an expo and public safety fair in Riverside. Members of the Riverside Fire Department climbed ladders, rappelled, conducted mock vehicle rescues, put out fires and provided tours of the Fire Museum during the event, which took place Sunday afternoon at Mission Inn Avenue and Lime Streets. CPR training, informational booths and a car show were also part of the event. The event coincided with Fire Prevention Week, […]

  • Deputies pay tribute to Lancaster Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen, seen on the right, three years after his killing on Oct. 5, 2019. (Credit: Lancaster Sheriff's Station)

    24-Hour Vigil Honors L.A. Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen Who Was Killed in Execution-Style Killing in Lancaster 3 Years Ago

    Deputies on Saturday lined the Lancaster street where sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen was killed in an “execution-style” shooting three years ago. “Today, we stand here in honor of our friend and beloved Sergeant. We’ve been here every October 5th, and will be here every October 5th in honor of this incredible person,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lancaster station said. 53-year-old Owen responded to reports of a burglary at a home in the 3200 block of West Avenue J-7 on […]

  • Huntington Beach police respond to reports of a threat at the Century Huntington Beach and XD theater in the Bella Terra shopping center on Oct. 3, 2019. (Credit:

    Huntington Beach Theater Showing ‘Joker’ Closes Following Credible Threat, Police Say

    A movie theater in Huntington Beach showing the film “Joker” was closed late Thursday after a threat was reported to police, authorities said Friday. Officers were sent about 5 p.m. to the Century Huntington Beach and XD theater in the Bella Terra shopping center at 7777 Edinger Ave. The theater stopped showing all films scheduled to run after 4:45 p.m., according to a schedule posted on its website. Police did not describe the nature of the threat or how it […]

  • A boy named Manny who died after a golf cart on an Orange high school campus is seen in a photo posted on a GoFundMe page on Sept. 10, 2019.

    Family Announces Lawsuit After El Modena HS Student Killed in Golf Cart Crash

    The family of 15-year-old Manny Perez is filing a lawsuit against the Orange Unified School District after the boy suffered fatal injuries in a golf cart crash on the El Modena High School campus. Questions still remain how Manny, a special needs student with autism, was able to get behind the wheel of the golf cart on Monday. At a tearful news conference Friday, Manny’s mother, Micaela Sanchez Corona, said through a translator that the school had contacted her to […]

  • Jovan Rodrigo, 27, and Gloria Mendoza, 26, take part in a protest near Trump Tower on Sept. 5, 2017, in New York City. (Credit: John Moore / Getty Images)

    Apple Employs 443 DACA Recipients So Tim Cook Showed Support in SCOTUS Cases

    Apple is taking a public stand against the Trump administration’s position on one of America’s thorniest immigration issues. In an unusually direct show of support for Dreamers from a major public company, Apple and CEO Tim Cook said undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children have made an outsize contribution at Apple. The statement came in a “friend of the court” filing in cases pending at the US Supreme Court. Apple said it employs 443 Dreamers in 36 […]

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.