Julia hails from Atlanta, Georgia but believes she is a Floridian at heart. She joined the First Coast News On Your Side team as an investigative reporter in October of 2016. Prior to that, she spent two years in East Texas reporting for ABC affiliate KLTV's investigative team. While there, she was awarded an Emmy for her reporting on a county judge that prompted a state investigation. She also received a Gavel Award from the State Bar of Texas for her investigation into a rouge employer who was siphoning thousands in child support funds away from a local father's paycheck.
The stories she enjoys the most are those where journalism and the law intersect because her background is in both. She graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelors in Journalism and Spanish. On campus she served as an editor for the Cluster newspaper and program manager and anchor for the campus television station. After college, she earned a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law and practiced as a civil litigator in Atlanta for three years before pursuing her passion for helping people through journalism.
One of her most memorable stories highlighted a Texas veteran with ALS who died after being denied VA benefits for years; a VA official paid hundreds of thousands in back benefits to his wife and children in the days after Julia's report. She has also covered high-profile court cases including the trial of Bernie Tiede, infamous for the Jack Black film 'Bernie.'
She considers it a privilege to be able to share the stories of those on the First Coast. Outside of the newsroom, she's either working with children in the community, spending time with her family, or somewhere on the beach. She loves to travel and learn new languages and is proficient at Spanish and American Sign Language.
If you have a story suggestion or an issue that needs investigating, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter.