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John Coleman passes away at 83

John Coleman passes away at 83
Written by Scott Robert

John Coleman passes away at 83

The co-founder of The Weather Channel, John Coleman passed away at the age of 83 years. He was also the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during almost a 60-year-old  broadcasting career.  He later went on draw people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change by saying it is man-made.

Coleman who was found dead at his home in Las Vegas reported died on Saturday night.
His wife, Linda Coleman, who did not give the cause of his death.

John Coleman passes away at 83
The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. He worked at several local stations in Chicago and the Midwest before joining “GMA” when it launched in 1975, staying with the program for seven years.

He was the CEO of The Weather Channel for almost a year after assisting the launch of it back in 1981.

Later in 1983, the American Meteorological Society named Coleman their broadcast meteorologist of the year.

Coleman after this kept working at TV stations across New York and Chicago. After this, he landed at KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he was for almost 20 years as a weatherman before finally retiring in 2014. Jason Austell, an anchor for the station’s “Good Morning San Diego,” wrote on Twitter saying that Coleman was “a longtime beloved meteorologist.”

His entire tweet read as: “Sad to report the passing of John Coleman. Longtime beloved meteorologist here at @KUSINews in San Diego. His wife says he died last night at his home in Las Vegas.”

John Coleman passes away at 83
National Weather Service forecaster Alex Tardy reported said Coleman’s passing away was “a big loss for the weather community.”

Tardy continued to say that, “He brought a lot of energy and color and enthusiasm to forecasting. My kids loved watching him on TV.”

Tardy said Coleman never tried to push his skepticism about climate change being man-made.

“We had good talks,” Tardy told. “I enjoyed it.”

Coleman made a few haters during the later stage of his long career for his suspicions that human beings are causing global warming, which he called a “hoax” and a “scam”.

Coleman, in a KUSI news segment in 2013  while discussing a global warming research, chastised national media for reporting on it from “an environmental point of view and their continuing liberal, political agenda.”

His ideas combined with his weatherman career made him make appearances on cable news outlet talking about climate change.

But there were no reports about the funeral yet.

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Scott Robert

Scott Robert is the senior reporter for JBH News Games & Tech section. He is graduated from York College, City University of New York in 2012.