Julie Watts


Julie’s work has prompted FDA recalls, federal investigations and laws to protect consumers. Her reports air locally on KPIX in San Francisco, KCBS/KCAL in Los Angeles and KOVR in Sacramento. They are also distributed nationally and appear on CBS stations across the country.

In addition to her role as a consumer-investigative reporter, Julie covers general assignment stories in San Francisco and is a news anchor and meteorologist (AMS) at KPIX.


Julie’s work was recently honored with four 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.

 Julie is also an avid blogger  – chronicling how she uses the knowledge and resources she’s developed as a consumer reporter to navigate life as a mom.

You can follow her NewsMom posts on Facebook and Twitter.


Prior to taking over the KPIX ConsumerWatch franchise in 2010, Julie was named Best News Anchor by the Associated Press for her role as anchor and host of the KPIX weekend morning show.

Julie began working at KPIX in 2009 as a Reporter and Meteorologist. A short time later she won the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious award for “Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist.”

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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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.


Debt Collectors Target Wrong Person For Wage Garnishment

Debt collection is at an all-time high in the United States and it turns out debt collectors don’t always go after the correct person.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/14/2017

Protect Yourself During Disputes With Rental Car Companies

There’s a number of things you can do to protect yourself during disputes with rental car companies.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/12/2017

How To Protect The Data You Think You’ve Wiped From Old Cellphones

If you’re considering selling, trading or donating an old cellphone, you may be handing over more than you think.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/11/2017

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Saks Fifth Avenue 10022-SHOE department is seen during Marie Claire's Shoes First Shopping Event At Saks Fifth Avenue on October 3, 2013 in New York City.

Study Finds Shoppers Reward Retailers That Have Transparent Pricing

Researchers found that consumers like companies that voluntarily disclose their costs and that honesty makes customers more willing to buy.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/06/2017

IRS To Outsource Legitimate Debt Collection To Private Companies

The IRS has begun outsourcing legitimate debt collection to private companies who may call you, and consumer advocates are concerned.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–04/05/2017

Vegetarian Burger Company Plants Roots In Oakland

It’s been called the most “real” tasting vegetarian hamburger yet, and pretty soon, Impossible Foods will be making its patties in Oakland.


Massive China Live Marketplace Opens In San Francisco’s Chinatown

A massive new marketplace called China Live just opened its doors in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–03/01/2017

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 24: A pedestrian talks on her cellular phone as she walks down the street July 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California. Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has issued a warning to his faculty and staff of nearly 3,000 to use their cell phones less because of possible cancer risk. Dr. Herberman says adults should use speakerphone or wireless ear devices to reduce exposure to electromagnetic radiation. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Judge Says California Must Release Papers Discussing Risk Of Cellphone Use

A Superior Court judge ordered the state of California to release papers discussing the risk of cellphone use.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/24/2017

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Storm Damage Makes Homeowners Easy Prey For Illicit Contractors

With many Bay Area homes sustaining damage in the recent storms, a huge demand has been created for contractors to do repairs.


Former Employees Say Public Storage Forces Insurance On Customers

Jim Casas and Don Tautfest spent a decade managing Public Storage properties and say they were constantly pressured to sell insurance.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/22/2017

Not All San Jose Flood Victims Have Flood Insurance

Many in San Jose’s flood zone are now wondering how they’ll pay for the damage.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/22/2017

Parent Tests Prompt Lead Concerns in Popular Sippy Cups

A popular children’s brand is backtracking on a voluntary recall after a blogger and parents across the country claimed to have found lead in the company’s sippy cup.


State Licensed Daycare Provider Repeatedly Cited Prior To Baby’s Death

It’s every working parents’ dilemma: How to pick a daycare provider they can trust. But a state license is no guarantee your child is safe.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/08/2017

Ground Beef Hearts Could Be In Your Next Hamburger

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a surprise maybe coming to your ground beef.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/02/2017

Mission Bay Local Calls Intersection An ‘Accident Waiting To Happen’

A dangerous intersection in one of San Francisco’s fastest-growing neighborhoods is making some people nervous.


Family Tree Now Website Is Sharing People’s Personal Information

The site, Family Tree Now, bills itself as a genealogy researching tool.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/13/2017

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Homeowners Submit Weather Insurance Claims After Major Bay Area Storms

Heavy rain may be over for now, but for a lot of homeowners the recovery process is just beginning and those filing insurance claims may be in for a few surprises.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–01/12/2017

UPS Delivery Abuse

UPS Employee Caught On Surveillance Camera Tossing Packages

A UPS employee was caught on camera this week making a not-so-special delivery at a Vallejo home, leaving the recipients furious.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/16/2016

Ecology Center Car Seat Study

New Car Seat Study Finds Fewer Chemicals, But Concerns Linger

A semi-annual car-seat-chemical study finds children’s car seats are getting healthier, but most still contain concerning fire-retardant chemicals. Another sign of change, the first-ever flame retardant-free car seat, made with naturally flame resistant materials, is expected to hit the market next year. Improvements: This year’s report, by the Michigan-based Ecology Center, focused on 15 top-selling brands […]


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SFPUC Determines Different Cause Behind Smelly Tap Water

New information surfaced Thursday about what has been causing stinky water to come out of some Bay Area taps since last week.


California lottery numbers printed on a gas station receipt, as part of the "Play at the Pump" game. (CBS)

Toxic Receipts Are Ending Up In The Hands Of Unwitting Shoppers

The store clerk hands them to you all the time, but paper receipts pose a potential health hazard.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/07/2016

SantaFest - Children of Shelters

Santafest – City Kids Helping Homeless Children This Holiday Season

Saturday morning dozens of kids gathered to play the part of Santa’s elfs. They picked out and wrapped gifts for homeless children in San Francisco.

Santafest is an annual fundraiser for Children of Shelters, a non-profit working to break the cycle of homelessness for kids in the city by providing enrichment and educational opportunities.


Not Everyone Is Having Luck Replacing Recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Phones

There may be a roadblock in the return process for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–12/01/2016

‘Tis The Season For Fraud, Holiday Shoppers Beware

These days it’s not a matter of if your card is compromised, but when your card is compromised.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/23/2016

Engaged Couple Learns Definition Of ‘Relative’ The Hard Way

What is a relative? When it comes to insurance companies, the word can have different definitions.


When Public Storage Is Burglarized, Not All Insurance Is Created Equal

Thousands of people use public storage to store their belongings. But what happens when there is a burglary?

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/21/2016

Covered California Likely To Be Choked By Trump Presidency

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Republican members of Congress, say it will be a top priority.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–11/10/2016

One Way To Stop Political Robocalls During Campaign Season

As robocalls ramp up in the final days of the election, some voters are probably wondering how to put an end to those political calls.


Why Doctors Haven’t Been Prescribing the Cheaper EpiPen Alternative

It has been available for years, it’s a fraction of the cost and doctors say it is as safe and effective as the brand name EpiPen device.


Wells Fargo

Some Ex-Employees Sue Wells Fargo, Others May Get Their Jobs Back

Some former Wells Fargo employees are suing, while others may be getting their jobs back.


Company Brings Safe ‘Baby Box’ To U.S.

A new trend has some parenting experts saying that a specially designed cardboard box could be a far safer place for a baby to sleep than a fancy crib.


‘Teal Pumpkin Project’ Participants Helping Kids With Food Allergies Enjoy Halloween

For the 1 in 13 kids with food allergies, Halloween can be a nightmare. In fact, many say they hate it.


Companies Lagging Behind In Compliance For Chip-Enabled Cards

The deadline for banks across the country to make a change to their ATMs to process chip-enabled debit and credit cards arrived on Friday.


Apartment Complex Keeps Pets Curbed With Doggie DNA System

A Bay Area apartment complex is turning to science to make sure pet owners pick-up after their dogs when their animals relieve themselves outside.


Yahoo, AT&T Users Report Trouble Changing Password After Security Breach

After Yahoo announced it had suffered a massive security breach, some Yahoo customers say they’re having trouble changing their passwords.


Bay Area Woman Receives Mystery Rolex In The Mail

A free Rolex arrived in the mail to a Bay Area woman, but it turns out to be part of an eBay scam.