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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.

Examination in a doctor's office. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: Medical Identity Theft

When most people think of identity theft, they might worry about the impact to their credit. There is another concern when your personal identification information gets stolen… medical identity theft.

06/07/2013

Raw sewage oozes onto the sidewalk in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

ConsumerWatch: Raw Sewage Leak Plagues SF Noe Valley Residents

It has been a bit stinky in one Bay Area neighborhood. For six months residents in San Francisco’s Noe Valley have been walking through a sewer leak at the corner of 22nd and Hoffman.

05/27/2013

Credit card transaction, economy, commerce, retail,

ConsumerWatch: Credit Card Machine Rental Customers Surprised Massive Bill

A firm that rents out credit card machines is under scrutiny after a number of customers were unexpectedly charged fees that totaled several thousand dollars above what they expected to pay.

05/04/2013

A Green Dot MoneyPak card. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Prepaid Cards Now Scammers’ Preferred Payment Method

More people than ever are using prepaid cards to buy things and pay bills. And now more scammers are using them, too — as a payment menthod to steal money from unsuspecting victims.

03/18/2013

Chez Panisse

Chez Panisse “Service Charge” Not What Many Customers Believe It To Be

Berkeley’s Chez Panisse restaurant has been getting rave reviews since it first opened its doors more than 40 years ago. But not everyone’s a fan of the way the restaurant does business.

02/23/2013

Workers with SolarCity install solar panels on the roof of a home. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: San Mateo Solar Firm Looking To Hire Hundreds

A Peninsula solar firm is looking to hire nearly 300 new employees every business quarter.

SolarCity is a home grown Bay Area company

02/20/2013

An airplane lands at nightfall. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Bay Area Hindu Man Accidentally Served Meat Aboard Flight

A Bay Area Hindu man’s life has been dramatically altered after accidentally being served a sandwich containing meat on an airplane.

02/05/2013

Buffalo Chicken Wings. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: Shortage Of Chicken Wings For Super Bowl Sunday Eating

For many in the Bay Area and beyond, chicken wings are a necessary staple of a Super Bowl Sunday diet, particularly this year with the San Francisco 49ers in the big game. But getting one’s hands on the bite-sized bits may be easier said than done thanks to a spike in corn prices.

01/23/2013

Christmas Day Parking Enforcement In San Francisco

ConsumerWatch: Persistence May Pay Off When Appealing Parking Tickets

Getting a parking ticket is a pain, but what if persistence helped you get out of it? Turns out, in some communities in the Bay Area, appealing a citation repeatedly makes all the difference.

11/11/2012

plastic bottles

ConsumerWatch: Levi Strauss To Begin Selling Jeans Made With Recycle Plastic

Levi Strauss, San Francisco’s jeans makers, is now making “green” jeans with materials straight from the recycling bin.

10/26/2012

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