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 decorated home in the Thoroughbred and Jennet streets neighborhood is seen in an image provided by the city of Rancho Cucamonga.

    Pedestrians Barred From Popular Holiday Display Route in Rancho Cucamonga

    Beginning Friday, pedestrians in Rancho Cucamonga will no longer be allowed to walk through one of the more popular Southern California holiday light destinations. For years, residents on Thoroughbred and Jennet streets have been decorating their homes to the delight of passersby that would both walk and drive through the neighborhood. But this year, the city passed a “drive-thru only” ordinance. The hope is it will “reduce the mix of vehicles and pedestrians, with the goal to reduce the risk […]

  • Alberto Ochoa, 21, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court as his guilty verdict for murder and other charges are handed down on Dec. 12, 2018. He is accused of killing a USC student near the campus in July 2014 alongside four others. (Credit: KTLA)

    Final Defendant in Deadly 2014 Attack on USC Student Found Guilty of Murder

    The last of the four people to be tried in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California student was found guilty of first-degree murder and other charges Wednesday. Jurors handed down the verdict after about two hours of deliberation, convicting 21-year-old Alberto Ochoa of murder, second-degree robbery, attempted second-degree robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. He will be sentenced on March 8. The other three suspects — Andrew Garcia, Alejandra Guerrero and Jonathan Del Carmen — have all been convicted […]

  • A recovering Chloe is shown in video provided by Diana Kliche on Dec. 10, 2018.

    Puppy Found Severely Abused in Long Beach Trash Bin; Reward Offered for Info Leading to Arrest 

    Long Beach police are searching for the person responsible for severely abusing a puppy and leaving it to die in a dumpster over the weekend, authorities said. The 1-year-old Maltese-poodle-terrier mix was found inside a kitchen garbage bag in a dumpster on the 1100 block of Walnut in Long Beach, according to authorities. The puppy, now named Chloe, was crying, bruised and covered in human urine, according to Diana Kliche from animal rescue group, Fix Long Beach. A passerby heard […]

  • The owner of a Canoga Park donut shop was doused with hot coffee when she asked a homeless woman to leave on Dec. 7, 2018.

    Homeless Woman Douses Canoga Park Donut Shop Owner With Hot Coffee

    The owner of a Canoga Park Donut Shop was doused with hot coffee on Friday when she asked a homeless woman to stop making a commotion inside the business. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. 8, 2018.

  • Demonstrators protest against a proposed marijuana facility in the 4400 block of Temple City Boulevard in El Monte on Dec. 8, 2018.

    Protestors Decry Proposed Marijuana Facility in El Monte

    Protestors took to the streets of El Monte Saturday to declare they don’t want a proposed marijuana-growing business in their neighborhood. The business, proposed to be built in the 4400 block of Temple City Boulevard, has already been approved by the city’s planning commission. It will go before the El Monte City Council on Dec. 18. Demonstrators said they fear the facility would make their neighborhood less safe. City officials said several safeguards and security measures have been included in […]

  • Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub addresses the crowd attending the memorial service for Ventura County Sheriff Sgt. Ron Helus at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California on Novmember 15, 2018. - Sgt. Helus was one of twelve victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks last week. (Photo by Al Seib / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Thousand Oaks Shooting: Investigation Reveals Sgt. Ron Helus Was Struck in Heart by Friendly Fire

    Officials said it has been determined that Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, sustained a shot to his heart by a fellow responding officer, as well as other gunshot wounds from rounds fired by the gunman. An autopsy revealed Helus was struck by six bullets—five fired by the gunman, and one bullet fired by a California Highway Patrol officer. Officials said the five shots Helus sustained from the gunman […]

  • Brightwood College in Van Nuys is seen on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2018, the day the school abruptly shut down. (Credit: KTLA)

    Students and Staff Shocked as Brightwood College Campuses Abruptly Close

    A Van Nuys college campus abruptly shut down on Wednesday, along with dozens of others across the country, leaving students shocked and uncertain about the future. Students and staff were both surprised when they got the news that Brightwood College was closed. “The president announced that our school was not accredited anymore,” one person said. “A lot of students feel like they pretty much wasted their last year trying to do this school program,” another man said. Many students KTLA […]

  • Investigators respond to two people found dead in Baldwin Park on Dec. 4, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother, Son Found Dead in Baldwin Park Home; Investigators Unsure If Foul Play Involved

    Homicide detectives were investigating after a 73-year-old woman and her 50-year-old son were found dead in a Baldwin Park home Tuesday morning, but it’s unclear whether there was any foul play, authorities said. The incident occurred along the 3900 block of Kenmore Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting the Baldwin Park Police Department in the investigation. After earlier saying the incident was reported around 5:25 a.m., sheriff’s officials later said Baldwin Park police responded […]

  • A firefighter stands near a car caught up in a mud slide in Montecito, California January 12, 2018. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    L.A. Fire Department Provides Flood and Mudslide Safety Tips

    The Los Angeles Fire Department is urging residents to take precautions as a storm system moves into the area. LAFD issued a news release with several steps residents should take to protect themselves from hazards such as flash floods and mudslides. Areas impacted by the Woolsey and Hill fires are at high risk of floods and mudslides, as the charred ground forms a repellant layer, blocking water absorption. “When rainstorms impact the Los Angeles area, storm drains, canyons, arroyos and other low-lying areas […]