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Frances was born in Malibu, California. In high school, she interned in the news department of KABC-TV. She lived in Ecuador and France as part of a foreign exchange program. She spent her junior year of college abroad in Spain, and, while living in Madrid, worked at the local television station Canal Plus.
Emily is married to Israeli-born entrapreneur, Ami Blashkovsky.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communications and a minor in marketing from the Wharton School of Business, Frances joined the staff at CNN in Atlanta as a production assistant, and covered the Republican National Convention.
Frances spent almost two years at CNN before moving back to Los Angeles to join Univision's KMEX-TV, a Spanish-language TV station, an assignment editor and producer. At age 23, she won an Associated Press Award for producing a five-part series on immigration and the Mexico–United States border for KMEX-TV. She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for this series. After leaving Univision, she joined Extra—The Entertainment Magazine as a producer, where she helped to launch the syndicated program. The following year she joined A Current Affair, a syndicated news magazine, where she produced feature stories and a daily entertainment news segment for anchor Nancy O'Dell.
Later that year she moved to Tucson, Arizona, as a lead reporter at KOLD-TV the CBS station. In 1999, she moved to New York to join WCBS-TV Channel 2. Frances left WCBS-TV in 2001 to join the CW11 Morning News as a reporter, and in 2002 was named the Entertainment Anchor for the CW11 Morning News. Each February, she hosts a national, live two-hour Oscar red carpet show, "Live From the Academy Awards" which won a Telly Award in 2004.
In 2004 Emily won an Emmy Award for Best On-Camera Achievement: Entertainment Reporting. That same year, Emily was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Entertainment Producing and Hosting. In 2005, the "The CW11 Morning News" team was awarded an Emmy Award for Best Morning News Program.
In addition to her on-air reporting, Emily has appeared in feature films and television. She has starred as a reporter opposite Ralph Fiennes and Jennifer Lopez in Maid in Manhattan. She also played a reporter in the movies Searching for Bobby D and The Narrow Gate. In addition, she has appeared in the role of entertainment reporter on the July 25, 2006 episode of ABC-TV's soap opera All My Children (during the opening of the fictional nightclub ConFusion) portraying herself, and herself on the show Maury.