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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 caused national corporations to cease illegal business practices.

On the ConsumerWatch, Julie and her team 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 LA and have appeared nationally on CBS News.

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.

Prior to taking over the ConsumerWatch franchise, Julie was also 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 interviewed newsmakers alongside San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Phil Matier.

In all, Julie has accumulated more than a dozen Emmy, AP & Edward R. Murrow awards for her work as an Anchor and Reporter, and a Meteorologist.

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.”

Julie earned her meteorology credentials 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.

Julie went on to study Broadcast Meteorology at Mississippi State University and earned her meteorology credentials from the American Meteorological Society.

Outside of work, Julie sits on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is the Executive Producer of the Northern California Emmy Award Gala. She also sits on the Board for Canine Companions for Independence, a national non-profit that provides skilled service animals, free of charge, to children and adults with disabilities.

Julie continues to volunteer 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 area with her husband, their daughter Cecilia and ”dog-ter” Allie.

To schedule an appearance for KPIX 5 on-air reporters/anchors, please contact Akilah Bolden-Monifa, Director of Communications. Please provide the date, time, location of the event, number of attendees expected, and name of sponsoring organization.

(CBS SF)

Bay Area Family Satisfied With Covered California, Location May Play Role

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has investigated dozens of complaints from people on Covered California. A Contra Costa County family describes their positive experience on the insurance exchange.

07/09/2014

(CBS SF)

Covered California May Not Keep Track Of Complaints From Consumers

The exchange has insisted it is working to fix problems, but KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has found that Covered California may not even realize the scope of what needs to be fixed since the agency isn’t actually tracking complaints.

07/02/2014

(CBS SF)

State Investigating Flawed Covered California Doctor Lists From Insurers

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been investigating consumer complaints about Covered California insurance policies. The months long investigation uncovered everything from too few doctors to complaints of insurance bait and switch.

06/24/2014

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Is Pet Insurance Worth The Cost? What To Know Before You Buy

Janie Havemeyer wasn’t surprised when her Golden Retriever Coby hovered up a sidewalk snack during his daily walk. It’s what happened later that left Havemeyer in disbelief.

06/05/2014

A smart hearing aid. (CBS)

Hearing Aids Getting Smaller, Smarter With New Technology

As baby boomers age, smartphone technology is making way for smarter hearing aids.

06/04/2014

A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on November 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California. The event, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Association of Health Underwriters, offers one-on-one sessions with insurance experts certified by Covered California to help people enroll for healthcare coverage under the ACA. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Anthem Covered California Customer Unable To Find Nearby Doctor, Said He Was Told To Cancel Plan

For months, KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch has been reporting that many newly-insured consumers on Covered California haven’t been able to find a doctor under their new plans. Now, even insurers are telling some they are out of luck.

05/21/2014

Picture taken on March 3, 2010 shows the camera of a street-view car, used to photograph whole streets, on the Google street-view stand at the world's biggest high-tech fair, the CeBIT in the northern German city of Hanover. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Homeowners Concerned Over Privacy Can Have Google Blur Street View Images

Homeowners concerned over privacy on Google maps have a new solution.

05/19/2014

The touch-screen control panel of the new Tesla Model S .(Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Car Dashes May Be Next Frontier In Targeted Advertising

Location based ads are popping up in dashboards across the country, and location is just the beginning of the trend. Advertisers are targeting consumers by their vehicle type, the music they listen to, and anything else they may do with their dash.

05/13/2014

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Con Artists Keep Track Of Victims, Pass Names To Other Scammers In ‘Sucker Lists’

Fall for a scam once and there’s a good chance you’ll be targeted again.

05/12/2014

2006 Chrysler 300 Long Wheelbase sedan. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Chrysler Delays Notification To Drivers Their Cars Could Suddenly Stall

After months of delays in notifying drivers older model Chryslers that their cars may stall on the road, Chrysler is still delaying sending out notification letters, according to sources.

05/07/2014

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