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
  • Los Angeles Animal Services provided this image of a dog on Aug. 7, 2018.

    At Full Capacity, L.A. City Shelters Cut Pet Adoption Fees in Half

    Los Angeles Animal Services plans to reduce its pet adoption fees on Saturday and Sunday. The agency said all six of its shelters – located in Van Nuys, San Pedro, Lincoln Heights, Chesterfield Square, Sawtelle and Chatsworth – were filled to capacity with 861 dogs, 519 cats and hundreds of other animals. Animal Services announced the following weekend adoption fees for Aug. 11 and 12: Adult dogs: $51 (5 months and up, down from $102) Puppies: $75 (4 months and under, […]

  • Long Beach was rated number one for most "nice days" each year. (Credit: KTLA)

    Long Beach Has Most ‘Nice Days’ Each Year, Washington Post Says

    Long Beach is the number one city in the nation for most “nice days” each year with 210, according to the Washington Post. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 9, 2018.

  • The Aliso Canyon gas storage facility drew scrutiny when a four-month leak forced residents in nearby Porter Ranch from their homes. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Officials Announce $119.5M Settlement With SoCalGas for 2015 Aliso Canyon Leak

    Authorities on Wednesday announced a $119.5 million settlement with Southern California Gas Co. over the 2015 Aliso Canyon blowout widely proclaimed to be the worst methane gas leak in U.S. history. In addition to reimbursing the city, county and state for the costs of mitigating the leak, SoCalGas will work with the California Air Resources Board to alleviate methane emissions and fund local environmental projects. Under agreement, the company is required to refrain from passing the cost of the settlement […]

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials tweeted this photo of a tactical team responding to a barricaded man on Aug. 6, 2018.

    2 Handguns Recovered After Shooting Man Barricades Himself Inside Norwalk Home; Suspect Remains Outstanding

    Two handguns were recovered after a shooting suspect barricaded himself inside a Norwalk home Monday morning, but the man continued to elude authorities, officials said. “All done. Neighborhood safe. Investigation continues,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials tweeted after the hours-long situation. Authorities later tweeted that the man remained outstanding. Sgt. Vince Plair told KTLA that authorities believed the man was barricaded inside a converted garage, but he “could have slipped out” at one point while they were investigating. He […]

  • CBS Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves arrives for T-Mobile's Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party for Mayweather vs. McGregor at T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Showtime)

    Women’s Group Demands Firing of CBS CEO Les Moonves Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    A women’s advocacy group demanded the dismissal of CBS CEO Leslie Moonves over accusations of sexual misconduct. The organization, UltraViolet, said it commissioned for a digital mobile billboard to circle around the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, when the Television Critics Association was set to have a press tour of CBS shows. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 5, 2018.

  • A student speaks at a rally in Brea on Aug. 4, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Students Rally in Brea for Stricter Gun Control Laws

    Students and other advocates staged a rally in Brea for stricter gun control laws. Sara Welch reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Aug. 4, 2018.

  • Flames engulf a home in Jurupa Valley on Aug. 4, 2018. (Credit: LoudLabs/KTLA)

    Man, 5 Children Escape as Fire Engulfs Home in Jurupa Valley: RCFD

    One adult and five children managed to escape as a fire ravaged a home in Jurupa Valley early Saturday, according to authorities. The Riverside County Fire Department said it received a report at 12:21 a.m. about a blaze at the Jurupa Hills Cascade mobile home park in the 6100 block of Camino Real. The people inside the residence, a man and five minors, got out safely, firefighters said. According to neighbors, a man ran out of the home saying he […]

  • A Transportation Security Administration worker screens luggage at LaGuardia Airport on Sept. 26, 2017 in New York City. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    TSA Considering Eliminating Screening at Smaller Airports

    The Transportation Security Administration is considering eliminating passenger screening at more than 150 small and medium-sized airports across the US, according to senior agency officials and internal documents obtained by CNN. The proposal, if implemented, would mark a major change for air travel in the US, following nearly two decades of TSA presence since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and comes as the Trump administration has stepped up screening measures for items such as laptops and tablets. Internal […]

  • An undated photo shows a man using a rental scooter in Santa Monica. (Credit: Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

    Beverly Hills Officials Approve 6-Month Ban on Electric Scooters

    The Beverly Hills City Council on Tuesday banned the use of motorized scooters in the city for six months, citing public safety concerns as the two-wheelers have become more popular. Under the ordinance, people are not allowed to ride the scooters — or leave them behind — in any public right-of-way. The City Council voted 4-1 during a special meeting to implement the ban. Vice Mayor John Mirisch was the sole dissenter. City officials have noticed a dramatic uptick in […]