Julie Watts


Julie’s work has prompted FDA recalls, federal investigations and legislation to protect consumers.

On the ConsumerWatch, Julie and her team help resolve viewer problems and examine consumer/business trends. Her investigations also expose scams, unscrupulous business practices and loopholes in consumer legislation.

Julie’s consumer reports air weeknights on KPIX and weekly on KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles. Her stories also air nationally on CBS stations across the country.

In addition to her role as the station’s consumer-investigative reporter, Julie is the weekend morning news anchor and meteorologist (AMS) at KPIX.


Julie’s work was recently honored with three prestigious national awards. Her year-long “Toxic Safety” investigation into car seat flame retardants won the Gracie Award for best Investigative Feature and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service. Her child ID theft investigation, “Toddler Has a Credit Card”, also won The National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting. Together, the investigations prompted two new pieces of legislation and a new law in 2016.

Julie’s 2014 series “UN-Covered California” also won the National Press Club’s award for Consumer Journalism. The reports exposed numerous flaws with California’s health insurance exchange, prompted changes by insurers and forced action by state regulators.

The 7-time Emmy® Award Winner has also been honored with more than a dozen regional awards including Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow Awards.


Off air, Julie is the Mom of a precocious toddler, a brand new baby and she is the founder of NewsMom.com. The website features “real news” and research that is relevant to parents – as opposed to the sponsored blogs written by “influencers” and “brand ambassadors” that have saturated the online parenting world.

NewsMom.com provides a platform for professional journalists to share their relevant news stories with an audience of parents that they wouldn’t otherwise reach. But more importantly, it’s a transparent and unbiased resource for parents to access “real news” and research they can trust.

You can follow NewsMom on Facebook and Twitter.


Julie 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.

Off Air

Outside of work, Julie sits on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and was the Awards Chair for many years, overseeing the regional Emmy® Award competition & ceremony.

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.

Julie is active in several local non-profits and volunteers 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, new baby boy and ”dog-ter”.

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Traveling Gold Appraiser Not Likely To Give Best Value For Your Jewelry

It sounds like an easy way to make money: a traveling gold show coming through town, offering instant cash for your old jewelry. But how do they compare to local gold buyers?

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–10/30/2017

Animal, Consumer Advocates Want To Muzzle Pet Leasing In California

The ASPCA and California Assemblywoman Anna Caballero have introduced a bill that would make all pet leasing contracts null and void.


Loan Refinancing Is Helping Students Dig Their Way Out of Debt

A San Francisco startup says it can slash student loan payments.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–08/10/2017

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Scammers Target Real Estate Buyers Through Email Schemes

The San Francisco Bay Area is a prime target for cyber-criminals who are hacking realtors’ email accounts and sending home buyers false instructions to wire money.


Empty Restaurants Transform Into Busy Co-Working Spaces

There’s a new trend: turning restaurants into shared office spaces.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–07/06/2017

SF Startup Cures Medical Bills Of Errors So You Don’t Overpay

Even when you have insurance, a surprise medical bill can really hurt. Now a San Francisco-based startup is trying to ease the pain, by scanning bills for mistakes — and they are finding plenty.


The Deadliest Cars Boast The Best Gas Mileage And Easy Parking

A new report notes the danger of small cars as well as the link between a stronger economy and an increase in deadly vehicle crashes.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/25/2017

Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium Found In Popular Pet Foods

Lab tests commissioned by the Clean Label Project are shedding light on what they say are high levels of contaminants lurking in pet foods.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/24/2017

New Study Shows Quantities Of BPA Found In Canned Food Still High

It’s convenient and a staple in most kitchens, but a lot of canned food still contains an ingredient linked to birth defects and cancer.


A Simple Fix Could Save Lives In Car Vs. Truck Collisions

Deadly crashes involving large trucks are on the rise. But a simple fix could save lives.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/16/2017



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