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Leslie Frank is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and a proprietor of Frank Family Vineyards.
While Leslie’s natural curiosity and desire to see the world led her to a career in journalism, it was her interest in wine that prompted her first visit to the Napa Valley in the 1990s. Napa is where she met her husband Rich Frank, founder, and owner of Frank Family Vineyards, and where they shared their first bottle of wine. Now it is their permanent home. Today Leslie spends her time helping to build the quality Frank Family brand.
Born in Ontario, Leslie began her career in Canada before crossing the border to work in some of the largest television markets in the United States. She spent more than 25 years covering many major stories. She reported live from ground zero in New York City after the 9/11 attacks, covered the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and was inside the courtroom at the Michael Jackson trial.
Leslie spent the last nine years of her TV news career reporting and anchoring at KABC in Los Angeles, where she covered politics, crime, weather calamities, and interviewed some of the biggest stars in Hollywood on the red carpet. Prior to Los Angeles, Leslie was the main anchor at KCPQ in Seattle, where she helped launch its 10 pm newscast, taking it to number one in its time slot and clinching an Emmy Award for Outstanding News Anchor.
Today, Leslie plays an active role in the marketing and branding of Frank Family Vineyards. She travels around the world with Rich to promote their Napa Valley wines. Leslie also coordinates Frank Family’s charitable giving initiatives.
Leslie and Rich enjoy spending time at their home on Winston Hill in Rutherford along with their German Shepherd, Magnum, who can often be found greeting guests at the Frank Family Vineyards tasting room. Leslie joined the Board of Directors of Festival Napa Valley in 2017. Together with Rich, she chairs the Festival’s annual Arts for All Gala.