John Coleman, Co-Founder of the Weather Channel, Dies at 83



John Coleman, right, a founder of the Weather Channel, in 1981 with his co-founder, Frank Batten, publisher of The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk,Va., and chairman of Landmark Communications. Credit Marty Lederhandler/Associated Press

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” over a six-decade broadcasting career, died on Saturday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 83.

His wife, Linda, confirmed his death but did not provide the cause.

Mr. Coleman, a 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 “Good Morning America” when it began in 1975, staying with the program for seven years.

He served as chief executive of the Weather Channel after helping found it in 1981 with Frank Batten, the chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications and the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va.

Mr. Coleman was forced out the following year after a dispute with his partners.

Soon after, the American Meteorological Society named Mr. Coleman their broadcast meteorologist of the year.

“My good luck with the timing of my television career is amazing’’ Mr. Coleman said in an interview with KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he spent 20 years as a weatherman before retiring in 2014. “I started when TV was almost a brand new communications media and enjoyed the explosive growth in viewership and revenues over the next four decades.”

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