Julie Watts

JULIE WATTS

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 and examine consumer/business trends. Her investigations 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.

The 6-time Emmy® Award Winner has been honored with several other prestigious awards including multiple Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow Awards.

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 founder of NewsMom.com. The website features “un-sponsored” parenting news reviews, research and resources—written by parents who are professional journalists (as opposed to sponsored bloggers and “brand ambassadors”).

NewsMom.com provides a platform for journalists to share their relevant news stories with a parenting audience they wouldn’t otherwise reach. But more importantly, it’s a transparent and unbiased resource for parents to access news, reviews and research they would not otherwise get.

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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Jucy Camper Van Rentals (CBS)

Super Bowl Travelers Have Rolling Hotel Option With Camper Vans

A Bay Area company that specializes in renting vans that can sleep multiple people may be offering up the only penthouse in San Francisco that isn’t already reserved during Super Bowl Week.

02/04/2016

Distributed Antenna System for Wireless Communication

Bay Area Residents Worried About Radiation Face Uphill Battle Fighting Cell Towers

Some Bay Area residents feel like David fighting Goliath. They don’t want RF-emitting cell towers all over their neighborhoods. But the wireless industry says they need them to keep up with demand.

01/12/2016

How To Freeze You Kid's Credit

You Too May Soon Be Able To Freeze Your Child’s Credit

Citing a series of KPIX reports and NewsMom blogs where I chronicled my struggle to freeze my daughter’s credit, Assemblyman Mike Gatto has now introduced child credit freeze legislation that should soon allow any parent in the state to freeze their kid’s credit and utilize one of the best tools to prevent financial id theft.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/08/2016

Why you "should" wake a sleeping baby!

Experts Warn, Babies Should Not Sleep In Car Seats

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Academy of Pediatrics and many, many others warn you should never let a baby sleep in a car seat outside of the car—especially with lose or unbuckled straps.

CBS San Francisco–12/28/2015

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High-End Orbit Baby Car Seat Found To Contain Concerning Flame Retardant

A high-end child car seat that for years has been marketed as the only car seat without hazardous flame retardants has been found to contain them after all.

12/10/2015

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Study Finds Nail Polish Chemical Ends Up In The Body

A joint study by Duke University and the Environmental Working Group, found what comes out of the nail polish bottle ends up not just on your nails.

11/23/2015

A Chrysler dealership. (CBS)

Chrysler Changing How It Notifies Owners About Recalls

One of the nation’s biggest carmakers is promising to change the way it notifies drivers about recalls, following a KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch investigation.

11/23/2015

Visa credit cards

Is Credit Monitoring Worth Paying For?

Consumers spent $1.4 billion on ID protection subscriptions last year. Now, the FTC warns that some of those companies are marketing fear and false promises to get you to pay for services you can likely get for free.

11/12/2015

DNA Testing

DNA Data From California Newborn Blood Samples Stored, Sold To 3rd Parties

This might come as a surprise to California natives in their 20s and early 30s: The state owns your DNA.

11/09/2015

Uber App

Uber Launches Home Delivery Service In San Francisco

Local businesses in San Francisco are now able to deliver to people’s homes using Uber, as the ridesharing giant launched “UberRush” on Wednesday.

10/14/2015

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