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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