'Tavis Smiley Show' Exec. Producer Sheryl Flowers Dies
June 9, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of PUBLIC RADIO INTERNATIONAL's "TAVIS SMILEY SHOW" Executive Producer and THE SMILEY GROUP Director of Communications SHERYL FLOWERS, who died MONDAY after a battle with cancer at 42 in LOS ANGELES.
FLOWERS started in radio in 1985 at the campus station of OAKWOOD COLLEGE, then moving into writing and television production in ATLANTA and OAKLAND. After a stint as media consultant and communications specialist for the EAST BAY PERINATAL COUNCIL, FLOWERS returned to radio as a producer at PACIFICA RADIO, joining NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO in 1999 and joining SMILEY's show, then at NPR, in 2001 as Senior Supervising Producer. She also served from 1997-1999 as the voice of computer typing instructor MAVIS BEACON for the best-selling software program "MAVIS BEACON TEACHES TYPING."
SMILEY said, "SHERYL's vision and direction made possible the early success of our NPR program which laid the groundwork for the success we’re now enjoying on our PBS television show. Without SHERYL's particular genius, our company’s capacity to empower listeners and viewers over these years would have been severely diminished. We all loved her deeply and we’ll sorely miss her. In the days ahead, we will find an appropriate way to honor her short life to ensure that her legacy endures."