Julie Watts

julie watts bio head Julie WattsThe 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.

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.

Her 2014 series “UN-Covered California” recently won the National Press Club’s prestigious 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.

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. Unlike paid bloggers or “influencers,” #NewsMom contributors are trained journalists with an ethical obligation to remain independent and transparent.

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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05/05/2015

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04/24/2015

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Some Covered California Customers Asked To File Tax Returns Despite Erroneous Info From Exchange

Thousands of Americans may be filing inaccurate tax returns, because they have been told to ignore mistakes make by Covered California and other state and federal health care exchanges.

04/15/2015

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San Francisco Goes Low-Tech To Warn Drivers Of Towing Rules At Metered Spaces

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04/14/2015

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Consumer Advocates Fighting Bill That Discloses Recalled Cars At Used Dealerships

A bill meant to protect you from driving off the used car lot in a recalled car is one step closer to becoming law, but consumer groups are not happy.

04/14/2015

Water Heater. (CBS)

New Federal Water Heater Regulations Present Tough Choices For Consumers

New federal regulations for water heaters will go into effect in a few weeks. They are designed to make them more efficient but many people are running out to buy the older remaining water heaters.

04/02/2015

soda, soft drinks

Confusion Among Berkeley Retailers On Who Is Supposed To Pay New Tax On Sodas

They knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make Berkeley’s new soda tax any easier to swallow. Among retailers and restaurants, there is confusion about who is supposed to pay new 1 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages.

04/01/2015

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Woman Left Holding Bill After AAA Driver Involved In Crash While Using Personal Vehicle To Tow Boat

If you vehicle is totaled while in AAA’s care, the auto club may not take responsibility.

03/10/2015

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Trouble Getting An Uber Ride? Drivers Might Think You’re A Jerk

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02/18/2015

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Unauthorized Charges On Cell Phone Bills Prove Difficult To Reverse

Finding an unauthorized charge on your phone bill is easy – all you have to do is scan the bill. But some Sprint customers say getting those charges to stop is almost impossible, even after bringing them to Sprint’s attention.

02/17/2015

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