John Coleman (news weathercaster)
John Coleman, KUSI News Weathercaster
October 15, 1934
John Coleman is an American TV weatherman noted, along with entrepreneur Frank Batten, for founding The Weather Channel. He presently works as an on-camera weather forecaster at KUSI-TV in San Diego but is no longer affiliated with The Weather Channel.
Coleman started his career at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois, doing the early evening weather forecast and a local bandstand show called At The Hop while he was a student at University of Illinois. After receiving his journalism degree in 1957, he became the weather anchor for WCIA's sister station WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois. Coleman was also a weather anchor for KETV in Omaha, WISN-TV in Milwaukee and then WBBM-TV and WLS-TV in Chicago.
At WLS, Coleman was teamed with Fahey Flynn, Joel Daly and Bill Frink to form the Eyewitness News team, creating a news brand name and establishing a highly successful new local news format derisively dubbed "happy talk" by a local television columnist. This style of local news has been widely copied. The team dominated Chicago television news ratings for more than a decade. During his time at Chicago's WLS-TV, Coleman was one of Chicago's most popular weathercasters, famous for his amusing and irreverent style. It was then that Coleman became the original weathercaster on what was then the brand-new ABC network morning program, Good Morning America. He stayed seven years with this top-rated program anchored by David Hartman and Joan Lunden.
In 1981, he persuaded communications entrepreneur Frank Batten to help establish The Weather Channel, serving as TWC's CEO and President during the start-up and its first year of operation. After leaving TWC, Coleman became weather anchor at WCBS-TV in New York and then at WMAQ-TV in Chicago, before moving to Southern California to join the independent television station, KUSI-TV in San Diego, in what Coleman fondly calls, "his retirement job."
Views on global warming
In the fall of 2007, he described the current concern over global warming as "a fictional, manufactured crisis, and a total scam." Critics of Coleman’s have questioned his lack of academic credentials, journalism degree, and charge that he has not conducted actual research in the area of climate change.   In 2008, Coleman gave a speech to the San Diego Chamber of Commerce blaming the "global warming scam" and environmentalist lobby, for rising gas and food prices. He also declared the scam "a threat to our economy and our civilization."
Coleman has also made appearances on CNN, Fox News Channel and on the Showtime program, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, to share his global warming views. Coleman recently published an article entitled "The Amazing Story Behind the Global Warming Scam" in which he promotes the idea that many scientists and politicians have been embroiled in fraudulent activity based on incomplete science and a political motive for a world government.
In January 2010, Coleman produced a special report for KUSI-TV, entitled Global Warming: The Other Side, in which he forwards his view on global warming as a scam, and lays out what he believes to be evidence of a deliberate manipulation of world temperature data by NASA and others.
While many weathercasters such as Coleman disagree with the science of global warming, the American Meteorological Society has affirmed it. Studies released in 2010-2012 by the Center for Climate Change Communication found there was more scepticism of global warming among meteorologists and especially among weathercasters (such as Coleman is) than among climate scientists. Climatologists are almost always affiliated with universities or research institutions where a doctoral degree is required, and they use very different scientific methods from the meteorologists.  However, most meteorologists have only a bachelor's degree. Coleman has a bachelor's degree in journalism. Seeing danger in the divide between climate scientists and meteorologists, a variety of groups concerned with educating the public on climate change — including the National Environmental Education Foundation, a federally financed nonprofit, and Yale — are working to close the gap with research and educational forums.
Coleman was born in 1934 in Alpine, Texas, the fifth child of a college professor and his math teacher wife, Claude and Hazel Coleman. He is married to Linda Coleman, and lives in a retirement community in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Bernardo.
- About the Speaker: John Coleman, San Diego/Imperial Chapter, APWA
- Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming ‘Greatest Scam in History’, Joseph D'Aleo, ICECAP, November 11, 2007.
- Comments about Global Warming, John Coleman
- "Rebuttal to "The Amazing Story Behind the Global Warming Scam" — The Centrist Party". Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- Right Wing Trumpets Global Warming Denial Of Discredited 'TV Weatherman' | ThinkProgress
- John Coleman. "Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas". KUSI.com. (via the Internet Archive)
- The Amazing Story Behind The Global Warming Scam Jan 29, 2009
- "Global Warming: The Other Side - Segment 4". San Diego, CA: KUSI - News, Weather and Sports. Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
- Kaufman, Leslie (March 29, 2010). "Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming". New York Times. pp. A1. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
- "American Meteorological Society Member Survey on Global Warming: Preliminary Findings, February 2012" (Press release). George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Feb, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- "A National Survey of Television Meteorologists About Climate Change Education, June 2011" (Press release). George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. June, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2013.