John Coleman (1934-2018): ABC 7 Chicago Meteorologist, Original Good Morning America Weatherman, Co-Founder The Weather Channel

WLS-TV 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.

American TV weatherman and co-founder of The Weather Channel, John Coleman, who retired from broadcasting in 2014 after working as a weatherman almost 61 years, passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Saturday, January 20, 2018.

The last 20 years of Coleman’s weather forecasting career were spent at KUSI-TV in San Diego.

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 also worked as a weather anchor for KETV in Omaha, WISN-TV in Milwaukee and then WBBM-TV and WLS-TV in Chicago. Coleman worked at ABC 7 Chicago from 1968-1979 with a very popular news team including News Anchor John Drury, News Anchor Joel Daly, News Anchor Fahey Flynn, and Sportscaster Bill Frink.

In 1981, Coleman persuaded communications entrepreneur and media mogul Frank Batten to help establish The Weather Channel. Coleman served as TWC’s CEO and President during the start-up and its first year of operation. After being forced out of TWC, Coleman became weather anchor at WCBS-TV in New York and then at WMAQ-TV in Chicago. At WMAQ-TV, Coleman worked with news anchors Ron Magers and Carol Marin, and Sports Anchor Mark Giangreco.

He moved to Southern California about 1994 to join the independent television station, KUSI-TV in San Diego. Coleman fondly called his KUSI-TV job “his retirement job.” Coleman abruptly left KUSI while on vacation in April 2014, with no on-air farewell.

KUSI Coleman Retirement Announcement Online

Thank you and goodbye.

Nothing is forever. The universe, the galaxy, the solar system, the sun, Earth… every species fades away in time. We individual people are very small and very temporary parts of the big picture.

Now is the time to wind down the professional working part of my life and make the most of my private time in the years I have left.

Thanks to my fellow team members, you have been very kind and patient with me and helped me along when the going got tough.

I’m grateful to you all. I wish you all every success and happiness.

Most of all, thank you to the San Diego viewers who have been kind enough to watch me and support my efforts through thick and thin. I owe everything to you!

And now, goodbye!

Coleman was a vocal skeptic of global warming, and was respected by another global warming skeptic, Joe Bastardi (Chief Forecaster at

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WLS-TV 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.Eyewitness News team, 1972. Back row from left: News Anchor John Drury, News Anchor Joel Daly. Front row from left: Weatherman John Coleman, News Anchor Fahey Flynn, Sportscaster Bill Frink. is an Amazon Associate website, which means that a small percentage of your purchases gets paid to at no extra cost to you. When you use the search boxes above, any Amazon banner ad, or any product associated with an Amazon banner on this website, you help pay expenses related to maintaining and creating new services and ideas for a resourceful website. See more info at