After the jump is ESPN's tribute to Leah Siegel, a Dallas-based producer for the network who, during her tenure at the Worldwide Leader, garnered a handful of Emmy Awards. Leah died early this morning, about two years after doctors discovered she had stage four breast cancer -- right after she'd given birth to her and husband Eric Loehr's third child, a son named Oliver. Leah's story, inspirational to many and heartbreaking to all, was chronicled in The News in October '08.
I knew Leah through a friend, one of her best, who will come back to Dallas at week's end for her funeral. A few months ago, Ed Werder, the former News writer with whom Leah worked at ESPN, set up a fund to help the family offset the mounting expenses. Chris Mortensen, upon announcing her death, writes, "It's folks you don't see on camera that make ESPN a success story." My condolences to all who knew her (she was beloved by her Lakewood neighbors) and worked with her. Leah was but 43.