Julie Watts


Julie’s work has prompted FDA recalls, federal investigations and legislation to protect consumers.

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’s consumer reports air weeknights on KPIX and weekly on KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles. Her stories also air nationally on CBS stations across the country.

In addition to her role as the station’s consumer-investigative reporter, Julie is the weekend morning news anchor and meteorologist (AMS) at KPIX.


Julie’s work was recently honored with three prestigious national awards. Her year-long “Toxic Safety” investigation into car seat flame retardants won the Gracie Award for best Investigative Feature,  The National Press Club’s award for Consumer Journalism and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service. Her child ID theft investigation, “Toddler Has a Credit Card”, also won The National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting. Together, the investigations prompted two new pieces of legislation and a new law in 2016.

Julie’s 2014 series “UN-Covered California” also won the National Press Club’s 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 7-time Emmy® Award Winner has also been honored with more than a dozen regional awards including Associated Press and Edward R. Murrow Awards.


Off air, Julie is the Mom of a precocious toddler, a brand new baby and she is the founder of NewsMom.comThe website/blog provides a platform for professional journalists to share their relevant news stories and research with an audience of parents that they wouldn’t otherwise reach. But more importantly, it’s a transparent and unbiased resource for parents to access “real news” and research they can trust.

You can follow NewsMom on Facebook and Twitter.


Julie 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.

Off Air

Outside of work, Julie sits on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and was the Awards Chair for many years, overseeing the regional Emmy® Award competition & ceremony.

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.

Julie is active in several local non-profits and volunteers 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, new baby boy and ”dog-ter”.

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Cyber Scammers Target Consumers With Fake Facebook Coupons

Cyber scammers are trying to trick people by offering supposedly free coupons.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/15/2017

Some Prius Owners Have Issue With Odometers Stopping At 299,999 Miles

While it’s not uncommon for a car to rack up 100,000 miles or more, ConsumerWatch has learned the Toyota Prius can have an issue with outliving its odometer.


Safe Deposit Boxes

Customers Complain BofA Is Drilling Safe Deposit Boxes And Losing Valuables

You might think a safe deposit box is the safest place for your most valued possessions, but according to a growing number of safe deposit box customers, you’d be wrong.

CBS San Francisco–05/06/2017

ConsumerWatch: Thieves Use Bluetooth to Steal Credit Card Info

It’s called bluesnarfing — capturing your credit card information via Bluetooth — and they’re doing it while their victims are shopping.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/04/2017

Couple Walking out to JetSuiteX Plane

Private Jet Perks With Commercial Airline Prices

When you think private planes, you may think of couches and champagne. But there is a growing, little-known trend that is bringing the perks of private air travel to the masses at a relevantly affordable price.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–05/04/2017

Sales Associate arranges an artificial roses display at Michaels arts and crafts store in Cupertino. (AP)

Pinterest And Michaels Team Up For Limited Number Of Crafting Kits

A San Francisco social media company and a brick-and-mortar craft retailer are hoping to cash in on kit craze.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/28/2017

First Flame Retardant Free Car Seat

Passionate Parents Prompt 1st Flame-Retardant-Free Car Seat

They said it couldn’t be done, but one car seat company proved them wrong. The first-ever “naturally-flame-resistant car seat” is now on store shelves and UPPAbaby credits passionate parents for prompting the new design. When the car seat manufacturer announced it was developing the first car seat without added flame retardants, some on social media were […]

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/23/2017

Credit Card Usage Booms, Even For The Smallest Of Purchases

For years, cash was king and credit cards were primarily used for big ticket items, but that has changed.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/20/2017

PG&E Executive Raises Grow Despite Criminal Negligence Ruling, Soaring Rates

PG&E executives get hefty pay raises despite the utility raising rates for customers and being found criminally negligent in San Bruno explosion.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/19/2017

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Many Delta Passengers Still Waiting For Help After Meltdown

While there has been a lot of recent discussion about United Airlines dragging a bumped customer off a plane, earlier in April more than half a million Delta customers were dealing with a travel nightmare of their own.




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