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Public TV's Lyn Seymour, A Veteran Of KERA And PBS, Dies Of COVID-19 In Tampa

Lyn Seymour with some of the fuzzy Sesame Street pals she championed at PBS.

Lyn Seymour, a longtime television producer at KERA and programming leader at PBS, died Tuesday night in Tampa after testing positive for COVID-19, her family said.

Seymour and her husband, former KERA-TV station manager Mike Seymour, had been self-quarantined at their home in Tampa after returning from a trip to Egypt.

At KERA, she produced a number of programs, including New Tastes From Texas With Stephan Pyles, featuring the legendary Dallas chef and restaurateur.

"Lyn was a beautiful soul — incredibly talented, generous, funny and kind," said KERA's chief content officer, Sylvia Komatsu, who was executive producer of the Pyles program. "Those of us who knew Lyn are devastated, and our hearts go out to Mike and her family."

The Seymours were married in Dallas, and they moved to Tampa a few years later. She went to work for PBS, and built a national reputation.

"Lyn was a true beacon of light with a passion for public broadcasting and people," said Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS. "Her contributions to the PBS family, including station relations, producer relations and the staging of our Annual Meetings, were all infused with a belief in what we do and the differences we can make."

Rick Holter was KERA's vice president of news. He oversaw news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.