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."