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
  • A traveler wheels her created dog through LAX on March 20, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Dog Owners React to Report of Husky’s Death on LAX-Bound Flight From Europe

    After a husky-type dog died on an Air France-KLM flight bound for Los Angeles International Airport from Amsterdam, according to TMZ reporting, travelers with beloved canines of their own were reacting with concern. Sara Welch reports from LAX for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on March 20, 2019.

  • A plumbing van is seen parked alongside police investigation vehicles outside an apartment in Corona on March 18, 2019. (Credit: InlandNews)

    Plumber Assists Investigators as They Remove Evidence From Missing 8-Year-Old Boy’s Corona Home

    Investigators searching for evidence in the weekslong disappearance of an 8-year-old boy in Corona returned to the child’s father’s home with a plumber on Tuesday. Authorities did not say why they brought the plumber or what it was they were looking for in the home. But investigators did collect evidence from inside Bryce McIntosh’s residence Monday night, Corona police said. Noah McIntosh, who lived with his dad at the Encanto Apartment Homes in the 4500 block of Temescal Canyon Road, […]

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies respond to an incident in Palmdale on March 17,2019. (Credit: DonLuisMeza Video)

    Man Fatally Shot by Deputies Following Overnight Standoff in Palmdale

    Deputies shot and killed a man early Sunday after he barricaded himself inside a mobile home in Palmdale overnight while threatening  SWAT team members with a gun, officials said. The incident began about 9:15 p.m. Saturday when authorities were notified a man wanted on a warrant in an assault with a deadly weapon case had been spotted inside a trailer in the 4000 block of Karling Place, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau said […]

  • Firefighters battle a blaze at a fourplex in Harvard Park on March 15, 2019. (Credit: RMG News)

    ‘I Just Couldn’t Leave the Dog,’ Man Goes Back for Puppy After Fleeing Burning South L.A. Fourplex

    A fire at a multi-unit housing complex in the Harvard Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles forced residents to flee the burning building Friday morning. The fire was reported about 12:40 a.m. at a one-story fourplex in the 1700 block of West Gage Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a news alert. Vicente, who lives in the building, said he was alerted to the fire when he heard neighbors knocking on his doors and windows. He said his […]

  • Felicity Huffman, left, appears at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on Feb. 19, 2019. Lori Loughlin, right, appears at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 28, 2019. (Credit: Presley Ann/Getty Images for EMILY'S List; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged in Nationwide Admissions Bribery Scheme Involving USC, UCLA

    Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation’s most elite schools. Consulting company founder Rick Singer pleaded guilty to running the cheating scam shortly after dozens of charges were announced. Federal authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department, with the parents accused of paying […]

  • William "Rick" Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice on March 12, 2019. (Credit: Scott Eisen / Getty Images)

    Newport Beach Consultant Who Led College Admissions Scheme Sought Out the Most Privileged Students: Prosecutors

    Stunning claims of a college admissions scam that could send actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman to prison focus on a CEO and company with far less name recognition: William “Rick” Singer and The Key. Newport Beach resident Singer and his company, The Key, allegedly helped wealthy students score better on the ACTs or SATs by helping them cheat on the exams. Singer is also accused of bribing college coaches and athletic officials to say a prospective student should be […]

  • Police investigate the scene of a stabbing that left a woman dead and a man injured outside a homeless shelter at 1400 E. Mission Blvd. in Pomona on March 9, 2019. (Credit: OnScene)

    Woman Killed, Man Wounded, Suspect Arrested in ‘Unprovoked’ Pomona Stabbing

    A woman died, a man was seriously wounded and a suspect was arrested following a stabbing in Pomona on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The stabbing took place just before 1:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of E. Mission Blvd., Pomona Police Department Sgt. Jon Edson told KTLA. Police arrived to find a man and woman suffering from stab wounds to their upper bodies. The injured man and woman were both taken to hospital, officials said. The woman, described as 49-year-old, […]

  • Students crowd a hallway at the Art Institute of California in Hollywood on March 7, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Students Shocked After North Hollywood Art School Abruptly Closes

    Students at the Art Institute of California in North Hollywood crowded the office building Thursday, scrambling to get their transcripts transferred after receiving an email that the school would be closing the next day. The school, part of Argosy University, filed a motion for the emergency closure of 22 campuses Wednesday, according to an announcement by the  U.S. Department of Education. News of the school closure came after the department accused the university’s parent company, Dream Center Education Holdings, of […]

  • Photos of clothing worn by a young girl found dead along an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights were released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on March 6, 2019.

    Investigators Ask for Help ID’ing Girl Whose Body Was Found Dumped, Partially Stuffed in Bag on Hacienda Heights Trail

    Authorities asked for the public’s help in identifying the body of a girl found along a Hacienda Heights equestrian trail the day before. There are no known motives in the case, which investigators are handling as a suspicious death, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Scott Hoglund said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Detectives released a sketch of the victim — described as a black girl, possibly 8 to 13 years old, about 4 feet 5 inches, about 55 […]

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