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
  • Fiona Hill, former National Security Council Russia expert, center right, and David Holmes, counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, center left, testify during a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill Nov. 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

    House Democrats Release 300-Page Impeachment Report Detailing Trump’s Alleged Ukraine Scheme

    President Donald Trump seriously misused the power of his office for personal political gain by seeking foreign intervention in the American election process and obstructed Congress by stonewalling efforts to investigate, a House report released Tuesday concluded in findings that form the basis for possible impeachment. he 300-page report from Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee does not render a judgment on whether Trump’s actions stemming from a July 25 phone call with Ukraine rise to the level of “high crimes and […]

  • Police respond to a shooting in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2019. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    6 Injured After Shooter Opens Fire at Downtown L.A. Warehouse Party

    Six people were injured after gunfire erupted at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse party early Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officers responded to the 1100 block of East 11th Street at about 1:15 a.m to find that a fight had broken out and one person had pulled out a firearm and fired multiple rounds, striking several people, LAPD said. Three female and three male victims were all taken to hospitals, one of them in critical condition. Police […]

  • Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity gathered on Nov. 23, 2019, to help rebuild and paint homes destroyed in the Woolsey Fire.

    Habitat for Humanity Helps Woolsey Fire Victims Rebuild Their Homes

    Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles gathered to repair and paint homes in the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park for victims of the Woolsey Fire. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 5 on Nov. 23, 2019.

  • This aerial photo shows smoke blanketing the Los Angeles Skyline on Nov. 1, 2019. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

    Red Flag Warning in Effect as Dangerous Fire Weather Conditions Return to L.A., Ventura Counties

    Red Flag warnings were in effect Sunday as Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California, bringing dangerous fire weather conditions. With dry winds gusting at up to 50 miles per hour, any fires that ignite in Ventura County and Los Angeles County mountain and valley areas could spread rapidly, the National Weather Service said. The warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday as forecasters expect temperatures of up to 95 degrees in some areas. Parts of the Santa Clarita […]

  • Students and supporters of DACA rally in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 12, 2019. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

    High School Students and Other Immigration Advocates Rally in Downtown L.A. in Support of DACA

    A Los Angeles-based advocacy group said hundreds of local students walked out of school to voice their support for immigrants on Tuesday, when the Supreme Court heard arguments on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The Obama-era initiative has allowed about 700,000 people brought to the U.S. as children stay and work in the country legally, according to data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. At Tuesday’s hearing, the high court’s conservative majority indicated that they may be […]

  • Firefighters Working to Increase Containment of Barham Fire That Burned 80 Acres in Hollywood Hills

    Crews on Sunday continued to work on containing the Barham Fire, which burned at least 80 acres in the Hollywood Hills as more than 230 firefighters battled the flames near the Warner Brothers Studios lot, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Aided by wind conditions, firefighters managed to quickly stop the blaze from spreading after it erupted shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday near the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard. The wildfire was about 80% contained by Sunday afternoon. “The wind […]

  • 74-Year-Old Veteran Fulfills Dream, Receives Diploma From Phelan Area High School

    A 74-year-old Navy veteran who served in Vietnam after leaving high school in 10th grade returned to a campus in Phelan Wednesday to fulfill his longtime dream of getting his diploma. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Nov. 6, 2019.

  • Travelers leave LAX on Nov. 3, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAX Will Expand Uber, Lyft and Taxi Pickup Lot After Chaotic Week, Complaints of Long Lines

    Following days of complaints over long lines and long waits, Los Angeles International Airport will significantly expand the new pickup lot for Uber, Lyft and taxis, officials said Monday. The change comes six days after the nation’s second-busiest airport banned Uber, Lyft and taxi pickups from the curbside and moved them to a new pickup area called “LAXit” (pronounced “L.A. Exit”). Travelers must board a shuttle bus or walk to the pickup area to catch a ride. The rollout of the system was […]

  • From left to right: Joseph Awaida, 30, appears in a photo with his 3-year-old son Omar and wife Raihan Dakhil. (Credit: GoFundMe)

    3-Year-Old Boy Dies After Suspected DUI Crash in Long Beach That Also Killed His Father; Mother in Critical Condition

    Days after a suspected DUI crash, a 3-year-old boy has become the second fatality of the Long Beach collision, authorities said Saturday. The toddler was walking along a sidewalk with his father and mother on Halloween night when the group was struck by a 2002 Toyota Sequoia traveling southbound on Country Club Drive. The family was identified by a friend who created a GoFundMe page on their behalf, as well as another fundraising page on LaunchGood. The SUV was just […]

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