The recipient of the Emmy and AP Awards for Best Reporter, 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, 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 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.
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 creator of NewsMom.com. The independent website features “UN-Sponsored News and Reviews for Moms, By Moms who Report the News.” NewsMom.com provides a platform for #NewsMoms (& Dads) to share their investigative stories, instincts, and research skills with other parents. Unlike paid bloggers or “influencers,” #NewsMom contributors are trained journalists with an ethical obligation to remain independent and transparent.
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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A new state investigation confirmed that health insurance companies have been promoting bogus lists of doctors available in their Covered California health plans for months.
Thieves are employing high-tech key making tools to break into old school security and commit crime.
Inaccurate or mismatched ID’s are “an enormous issue for transgender people,” according to Sasha Buchert of the Transgender Law Center.
Advocates have filed suit against the state, saying hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians are being denied medical care because of a huge backlog of Medi-Cal applications.
Inspectors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency looked at the damage from Sunday’s quake in Napa. Aid could start flowing, but it may take a while.
Only 10 percent of Californians buy earthquake insurance. Some say it’s too expensive, while others say they don’t think need it. But the damage from the Bay Area’s largest quake in a quarter century has many reconsidering.
An East Bay homeowner is in a battle with her homeowners’ association over her drought-resistant yard after she was fined by the HOA for not having sod.
As Hurricane Iselle left significant damage in parts of Hawaii, people shopping for supplies in the wake of the storm are getting a dose of sticker shock.
One Virginia man tried to access his son’s Facebook account for answers after his son committed suicide, but he was locked out of Facebook, which cited privacy laws. Now he’s fighting to change that nationwide.
Americans toss out about 300 million pairs of shoes each year, because it’s often cheaper to buy a new pair than repair an old pair of shoes.