The recipient of the Emmy and AP Awards for Best Reporter, Julie’s work has prompted FDA recalls, federal investigations, and legislation intended to protect consumers and hold regulators accountable.
Her 2014 series “UN-Covered California” recently won the National Press Club’s prestigious award for Consumer Journalism. It exposed numerous flaws with California’s health insurance exchange, prompted changes by insurers, and forced action by state regulators.
On the ConsumerWatch, Julie and her team help resolve viewer problems, examine consumer/business trends and offer money saving ideas. Her reports also expose scams, unscrupulous business practices, and loopholes in consumer legislation.
Julie covers two different stories each weeknight at 5pm & 6pm on KPIX. Her reports also air weekly on KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles and nationally on CBS stations across the country.
Off air, Julie is the Mom of a precocious toddler and she blogs about using the skills and resources she’s developed as a journalist to navigate life as a mom. Her #NewsMom Blog on CBSSF offers a unique perspective on issues facing bay area parents.
Julie is also the creator of NewsMom.com. The independent website features “UN-Sponsored News and Reviews for Moms, By Moms who Report the News.” NewsMom.com provides a platform for #NewsMoms (& Dads) to share their investigative stories, instincts, and research skills with other parents.
Prior to taking over the ConsumerWatch franchise, Julie was named “Best News Anchor” by the Associated Press for her role as Anchor/Host of the CBS 5 Weekend Early Edition. In addition to covering the day’s top stories, Julie discussed hot topics and interviewed news makers and politicians.
In an effort to tell stories that might not otherwise be told, Julie often finds herself behind the camera. She shoots, edits and produces special projects while traveling overseas. Her work as a Multi-Media/Video Journalist (MMJ/VJ) has taken her from Sierra Leone to India and won several awards.
In all, Julie has accumulated more than a dozen Emmy, AP & Edward R. Murrow awards for her work as an Anchor, Reporter, and a Meteorologist (AMS).
She began working at KPIX in 2009 as a Meteorologist and Reporter. In 2010, she won the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious award for “Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist.”
Prior to that, Julie earned her meteorology credentials (AMS Seal) from the American Meteorological Society while working at KCRA 3 in Sacramento. In addition to weekend weather, she covered everything from cooking segments to creepy critters while hosting the “KCRA Noon Show Live from the Arden Fair Mall.”
Nationally, Julie appeared as a host on TLC’s “Designing Spaces” and was an entertainment reporter/producer for BBC & Reuters-TV in Los Angeles.
Julie began her news career as a Traffic Anchor, Weather Anchor and Reporter for CBS-47 in Fresno. Julie was also the voice of news and traffic each morning on the Central Valley’s Clear Channel radio stations.
Julie earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a M.A. in Online Journalism from the University of Southern California. At her USC commencement ceremony, she was named Graduate Student of the Year.
Outside of work, Julie sits on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is the Awards Chair for the Northern California Emmy Award competition & ceremony.
Julie also volunteers her time at her Alma Mater, Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, where she taught a broadcasting course for aspiring journalists and hosts a series of career symposiums each year.
Julie was born and raised in San Jose and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband, their daughter and ”dog-ter”.
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A consumer group is calling on the state attorney general to investigate what it calls a gouging of customers at the gas pump.
Stanford Driving School abruptly shut its doors last month, with no warning.
Building inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.
If you buy a dog from a breeder in California, you may have rights if the dog becomes sick in the first 15-days.
We travel… A lot.
At 21 months old, my toddler had logged over 60 flight hours and she continues to sleep in her travel crib an average of 2 weekends a month. As a result, I have a lot of experience surviving airports, airplanes, hotels, cabs, and long car rides in foreign countries with a baby.
While covering a story on cell phone radiation, reporter Julie Watts asks a personal aside: “How dangerous is it that I keep two cellphones and a wireless baby monitor in our bedroom where my child sleeps? ” The response prompted her to declare her bedroom wireless-free.
A California man’s state tax refund was heavily garnished over a parking ticket from a city he’s never been to, for a car he’s never owned.
One in six Starbucks customers now use mobile pay, many with auto-reload linked to their bank account, which automatically replenishes their Starbucks funds, when they get low. But hackers have managed to drain some customer’s account balances, and worse.
KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that Xfinity public WiFi may automatically connect you to its public network without your knowledge, even at home.
A growing number of websites and apps are now offering help with stress, anxiety and other common mental health issues.