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Making Lemonade Out of Life's Lemons

April 16, 2007 12:00 AM

Former "Nightline" executive producer Leroy Sievers was treated for colon cancer six years ago. In late 2005, cancer returned in the form of a brain tumor, which was successfully removed with surgery.

Mr. Sievers has been articulately chronicling his treatments and his ups and downs via commentaries on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," podcasts and the blog "My Cancer" (NPR.org/mycancer).

Today, at 2 p.m. ET in a special edition of "Talk of the Nation" on NPR stations, Mr. Sievers will take part in a broadcast version of the Web exchanges provoked by "My Cancer," which has averaged nearly 30,000 monthly unique visitors (the podcast has been downloaded more than 73,000 times).

Now tumor-free and an executive producer at Discovery Channel, Mr. Sievers also talks with longtime colleague Ted Koppel in "Living With Cancer," a documentary/town meeting to be telecast May 6 on Discovery.

His multimedia diary was named an official honoree by the Webby Awards, signifying "an outstanding caliber of work."