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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Shopping secondhand items. (CBS)

Avoiding Recalled Items When Shopping For Secondhand Children’s Items

While eBay and Amazon use technology that blocks people from selling recalled items, sites like Craigslist only have policies in place, but recalled items often slip through the cracks.

03/28/2016

cosmetics study (CBS SF)

Study On Latina Teens Shows Effects Of Personal Care Products

Teenage girls are among the heaviest users of personal care products. Now, a new study done in the Bay Area on a specific segment of the population finds many of those products have a disconcerting downside.

03/21/2016

How To Freeze You Kid's Credit

Child Credit Freeze Federal Legislation Stalled Due To Politics

A California bill that would help protect kids from ID theft is one step closer to becoming law.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/16/2016

Orbit car seats (CBS)

Cancer-Causing Chemical In Car Seats; Manufacturers Served With Violations, Consumers Left In Dark

Parents are being left in the dark about toxic chemicals in their children’s car seats, even after companies are served with violation notices, because of a loophole in the law requiring notification.

03/03/2016

Orbit car seats (CBS)

Consumer Reporter’s Shocking Discovery – Daughter and Car Seat Test Positive for “Cancer-Causing” Flame Retardant

Like most flame retardants, TDCPP does not stay inside car seats and kids are more susceptible to the harmful effects of chemical flame retardants because their cells are still developing.

03/02/2016

A student from an engineering school attends, on Meudon, west of Paris, overnight on March 16, 2013, the first edition of the Steria Hacking Challenge. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Kids At Risk Of Identity Theft; How To Freeze Your Child’s Credit

Children may be at greater risk than their parents of identity theft, but the fix could expose them to even more risk. Now there’s a process to safely freeze their credit.

02/25/2016

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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