James Lee, a former Daily Pilot sports editor and veteran Southern California journalist, has died. He was 39.
Lee, a married father of two children, died at home in Riverside on Oct. 15. He succumbed to infections brought on by heavy doses of chemotherapy used to treat a brain tumor, his wife, Danielle Lee, confirmed Wednesday.
Lee was hired by Times Community News, or TCN, a division of the Los Angeles Times that publishes the Daily Pilot and other newspapers, in 1999. He was first assigned to Our Times, a now defunct publication that served the Inland Empire.
In the early 2000s, Lee moved to Costa Mesa to work on other TCN products. He became Daily Pilot sports editor in 2005, serving until about 2006.
"James was the kind of editor and writer who you always knew you could trust to take on big tasks and get the job done," said former Daily Pilot Editor Tony Dodero. "He had a vast knowledge of sports and believed in our mission to deliver good high school and youth sports to our readers. Though he worked hard, he always put his family first. He loved them deeply and I'm so sad for them that he is gone."