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
  • A burglary suspect is seen being taken into custody in a remote area of Malibu Creek State Park on Oct. 10, 2018, in images released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Authorities Search Malibu Creek State Park for Evidence Following Burglary Suspect’s Arrest

    Dozens of deputies, search and rescue teams and other authorities meticulously searched Malibu Creek State Park Wednesday in hopes of turning up evidence as they investigate an area burglary series that spans the last two years. The massive operation comes a week after the arrest of 42-year-old Anthony Rauda, who L.A. County sheriff’s officials believe could be tied to as many as eight burglaries in which only food was stolen. The incidents all took place in the early morning hours […]

  • Officials Warn Coastal SoCal Residents to Stay Indoors as Thunderstorm Passes Through Area

    A lightning storm dropping heavy rain was passing through Los Angeles and Orange counties as it headed north late Friday evening, and officials were urging residents to stay indoors. The strong storm was approaching the South Bay around 7:40 p.m. and expected to bring flooding, frequent lightning, small hail and gusty winds of up to 40 mph, the National Weather Service said. By about 8 p.m., 0.33 inches of rain had fallen in 15 minutes at Hillcrest Country Club in […]

  • Beverly Hills Students Protest Metro’s Purple Line Expansion

    The bitter, years-long battle between Beverly Hills and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over the route of the Westside subway has found a fresh new face. On Friday morning, hundreds of students as young as 8 left their Beverly Hills classrooms and rallied at a public park, protesting Metro‚Äôs plans to tunnel beneath Beverly Hills High School. Speaking before a crowd of more than 1,500 people, high school students called on President Trump, who owns a home next to the park, […]

  • Students Say USC Failed to Take Action Against Former University Gynecologist Accused of Sexual Assault

    Federal investigators spoke with students and staff at USC Wednesday about how the university handled sexual misconduct allegations against former USC gynecologist George Tyndall. Tyndall is accused of sexually assaulting dozens of students over several decades. He was let go by the university is now the subject of numerous lawsuits. The District Attorney’s Office is still determining whether or not to file criminal charges. Wednesday’s meeting was led by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which […]

  • Former Navy SEAL Completes Marathon Swim From San Clemente Island to Catalina

    A disabled former Navy SEAL accomplished something no one has done before: a strenuous swim between two local islands. Dave Loeffler is used to challenges, hardships, and sacrifice. He spent four years as a member of the elite SEAL Team 4 in Virginia before being sidelined by a debilitating knee injury. At the age of 53, Loeffler embarked on what could possibly be his most challenging adventure yet. He became the first person ever to swim the 21 1/2-mile channel […]

  • Santa Ana Youth Pastor Accused of Sex Assault, Continuous Abuse Against 13-Year-Old Parishioner: Police

    A Santa Ana youth pastor was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violently sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in his church’s bathroom during a service earlier this year, police said. Jonathan Lamont Jenkins, a 57-year-old Riverside resident, allegedly began harassing the girl at the beginning of 2018, making sexual advances toward her when she was just 12 years old, Santa Ana police said in a news release. The victim attends Starlight Baptist Church, at 1201 W. Second St., where Jenkins has […]

  • LAPD released video of burglars ransacking a bedroom in Yasiel Puig's home.

    Teens Linked to Series of Celebrity Burglaries in L.A., Including Homes of Rihanna and Yasiel Puig: Police

    Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries targeting actors, athletes and other celebrities, Los Angeles police announced Tuesday. Tyress Williams, 19, Tamaji Hall, 18, and Jahabi Daniels, 19, were booked on charges related to a break-in at the Woodland Hills home of NFL player Robert Woods the night of Sept. 27, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said at a news conference. The 18-year-old’s mother, 34-year-old Ashley Hall, was also arrested during a search warrant at her […]

  • Ramon Escobar is seen in an undated booking photo. (Credit: Harris County Sheriff's Office via CNN)

    Man Deported 6 Times Charged With Killing 3, Severely Injuring More in Baseball Bat Beatings Across L.A. County, Could Face Death Penalty

    The man behind a series of deadly attacks spanning from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica has been charged with three counts of murder and could face the death penalty if he is convicted, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Ramon Alberto Escobar, who allegedly fled from Texas to California following the disappearance of two relatives, was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Wednesday. But the date was continued until Nov. 8. He stands accused of attacking […]

  • The train tracks in Torrance where a man's dead body was found on Sept. 25, 2018, are seen here. (Credit: KTLA)

    Death Investigation Underway in Torrance After Body Found at Railroad Tracks

    Authorities are conducting a death investigation in Torrance after a body was discovered on the railroad tracks Tuesday morning. Torrance police officers were called to an area near Del Amo Boulevard and Maple Avenue around 10:10 a.m. regarding someone down on the tracks. The body was initially discovered by BNSF railroad employees. Upon arrival, police found an adult male deceased on top of the connectors between two cargo containers. The cause of death remains under investigation. Police told KTLA they […]