Named “Best News Anchor”and"Reporter of the Year" by the Associated Press, Julie's work has prompted FDA recalls, federal investigations, and forced national corporations to cease illegal business practices.
Her ConsumerWatch Reports air locally on KPIX in San Francisco and KCAL/KCBS in LA. They also air nationally on CBS News and on various local affiliates across the country.
Julie's award-winning reports expose scams, unscrupulous business practices, and loopholes in consumer legislation. She also examines consumer/business trends and the impact of new products. Julie covers two different stories each evening, ranging in topic from the consumer and business news of the day to undercover investigations and resolving viewer problems.
The series holds one of the nation's largest grocery retailers accountable for disproportionally overcharging customers and violating a court order. It also sheds light on a questionable relationship between the grocery industry the state agency responsible for its oversight.
Julie's “Fool’s Gold” investigation was awarded the 2013 Edward R. Murrow in the category of “Continuing Coverage.” The 5-state undercover investigation exposed a pattern of fraud and deceit within one of the nation's largest gold buying operations. The reports aired nationally on CBS This Morning and the company was ultimately shut down.
A compilation of Julie's ConsumerWatch Investigative Reports earned the 2012 RTDNA Award for “Specialty Reporting.” The judges said, “It had everything: great production, first rate journalism, and solid story telling.
As a reporter, Julie also enjoys enterprise reporting and thrives in live breaking news situations. Her national report “ID Theft Secrets from Behind Bars” won the AP Award for “Best Feature Story” in 2012 and her coverage of a local plane crash won the AP Award for "Best Spot News Story" the previous year.
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In an effort to tell stories that might not otherwise be told, Julie often finds herself behind the camera.
It was named Best Feature Story by the Associated Press and earned Julie the title of best Video Journalist/Multi-Media Journalist by the RTDNA.The judges said it included "unusually thorough reporting and good writing, complemented by thoughtful editing that helped tell this story, setting it apart from the other entries."
In 2008 she traveled to Sierra Leone where she shot, edited and produced her first MMJ/VJ series on Blood Diamonds. It aired on PBS and won 2 Telly Awards.
Prior to taking over the popular 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 newsmakers alongside San Francisco Chronicle Columnist Phil Matier.
Nationally, Julie appeared as a host on TLC's "Designing Spaces". She also covered everything from cooking segments to creepy critters while hosting the "KCRA Noon Show Live from the Arden Fair Mall".
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It was at KCRA3 in Sacramento where Julie earned her meteorology credentials from the American Meteorological Society. She also won her first Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor while at KCRA. Later, as a Meteorologist at KPIX in San Francisco, Julie's role took her from the chromakey to the crumbling cliffs of Pacifica. In 2010, she won the American Meteorological Society's prestigious award for "Excellence in Science Reporting by a Broadcast Meteorologist."
Julie began her career as an entertainment reporter for BBC & Reuters-TV in Los Angeles. She was then 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 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.