John Coleman (news weathercaster)

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John Coleman
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John Coleman, KUSI News Weathercaster
Born John Coleman
(1934-10-15) October 15, 1934 (age 80)
Alpine, Texas
Status Married
Occupation Weatherman
Spouse(s) Linda Coleman

John Coleman (born October 15, 1934) is an American TV weatherman and co-founder of The Weather Channel.[1][2] He has retired from broadcasting after nearly 61 years, working the last twenty at KUSI-TV in San Diego.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

Coleman started his career in 1953 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.[1][4]

Eyewitness News team, 1972. Back, from left: anchor John Drury, anchor Joel Daly. Front, from left: weatherman John Coleman, anchor Fahey Flynn, sportscaster Bill Frink.

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.[1]

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 being forced out of TWC,[5] 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."[1] Coleman abruptly left KUSI while on vacation in April 2014, with no on-air farewell.[3]

Coleman was a member of the American Meteorological Society. He says he left the organization after he disagreed with its stance on global warming and climate change.[6] The American Meteorological Society has affirmed the theory of global warming.[7]

Views on global warming[edit]

Coleman says he became an outspoken skeptic of global warming in 2007 after watching NBC's 'Green is Universal' week, where the studio lights were cut for portions of Sunday Night Football's pre-game and half-time shows.[8]

He went on to call global warming, "the greatest scam in history".[9][10][11]

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.[12][13] 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."[14]

Coleman has also made appearances on CNN, Fox News Channel and on the Showtime program, Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, to share his global warming views. In 2009, Coleman published an article entitled "The Amazing Story Behind the Global Warming Scam"[15] 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.[16] In March 2014, he produced another video report, entitled How the Global Warming Scare Began, detailing what Coleman perceives to be the history behind the founding of the global warming movement by researcher Roger Revelle, whose science class at Harvard was attended by Al Gore, and his later remarks about the role of CO2 as the cause of global warming.[17]

Personal life[edit]

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 neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "John Coleman". KUSI-TV. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Weather Channel Founder: Global Warming a 'Scam'". WAGT-TV. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Speaker: John Coleman, Weathercaster on KUSI TV in San Diego". APWA San Diego/Imperial Chapter. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Weather Channel Founder Explains the History of the Global Warming Hoax". Tea Party News Network. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  7. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (March 29, 2010). "Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming". New York Times. pp. A1. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ Homans, Charles (January 7, 2010). "Hot Air". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ Reuter, Molly (November 8, 2007). "Local Meteorologists Debate Global Warming". KLTV. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Weather Channel boss calls global warming 'the greatest scam in history'". The Daily Telegraph. November 9, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Weather Channel Founder Blasts Gore Over Global Warming Campaign". Fox News. January 29, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Rebuttal to "The Amazing Story Behind the Global Warming Scam" — The Centrist Party". Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Right Wing Trumpets Global Warming Denial Of Discredited 'TV Weatherman' | ThinkProgress
  14. ^ John Coleman. "Global Warming and the Price of a Gallon of Gas".  (via the Internet Archive)
  15. ^ The Amazing Story Behind The Global Warming Scam January 29, 2009
  16. ^ "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. 
  17. ^ John Coleman (12 March 2014). How the Global Warming Scare Began. KUSI-TV9. 
  18. ^ "AMS Awards". American Meteorological Society. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 

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