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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.

Screenshot of Airbnb.com. (CBS)

San Francisco Homeowner Warned By City To Remove Airbnb Listing

Is the City of San Francisco going after homeowners who are renting out their homes to vacationers? One San Francisco homeowner believes they are.

03/12/2014

(CBS SF)

Lawmaker May Crack Down On Flawed Doctor Lists On Covered California

A state lawmaker said a fix is needed to address the inaccurate provider lists offered by some of the insurance companies selling insurance on Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange.

02/27/2014

(CBS SF)

ConsumerWatch: Covered California Enrollees Complain Of Bait & Switch

A growing number of people who purchased health insurance through California’s state run exchange are complaining that they were misled about the availability of physicians in the network. Some are calling it a bait and switch.

02/13/2014

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Questions Raised About ‘Real Science’ Behind Age-Defying Skin Cream

It’s the latest craze in beauty products: A skin cream they say can make you look younger in a matter of weeks. The miracle ingredient…a poisonous plant extract. So where’s the proof that it works, or that it’s even safe.

02/10/2014

(CBS SF)

ConsumerWatch: Some Doctors Surprised To Be On Covered California Provider List

After KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch revealed confusion over which physicians are accepting patients under Covered California, some doctors who did not want to accept patients on the exchange said they were surprised to find out they were on the exchange’s list of providers.

02/10/2014

(CBS SF)

Covered California Removes Doctor Lists After KPIX 5 Report Finds Mistakes

Covered California is shutting down a major portion of its website after a KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch investigation revealed inaccuracies in their list of doctors accepting insurance.

02/06/2014

(Covered California)

ConsumerWatch: Some Doctors Listed By Covered California Not Taking Coverage

Some frustrated enrollees of Covered California are accusing the insurance exchange of false advertising, after they said doctors listed on their website aren’t actually accepting Covered California plans.

02/04/2014

Vacancy Rate For U.S. Apartments Reaches Highest Rate In 20 Years

Home Sharing Site Airbnb Said To Influence San Francisco Evictions

Some long-time renters in San Francisco say they’re being illegally evicted by landlords trying to empty apartments for the sole purpose of renting out units for a higher price on Airbnb.

01/20/2014

Dining Together

ConsumerWatch: San Francisco Restaurant Diners Complain of ‘Tip Padding’

Be careful when you use your credit cards at a restaurant, or hold on to your receipts tightly. Some restaurant employees might be sneaking a few extra dollars onto the final bill.

11/24/2013

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ConsumerWatch: Getting Rid Of Robocallers Getting Easier

It’ll soon be easier to get the last word when a dreaded Robocaller dials your phone.

09/17/2013

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