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The Latest: TV meteorologist behind The Weather Channel dies

January 21, 2018

CORRECTS THAT COLEMAN IS AT RIGHT, NOT LEFT - In this July 30, 1981 photo, John Coleman, weather channel founder, right, and Frank Batten, publisher of the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, and chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, Inc., are seen during a news conference in New York. John Coleman, the founder of The Weather Channel and longtime KUSI weatherman, died Saturdaty night, Jan. 20, 2018, at home in Las Vegas, said his wife Linda Coleman. He was 83. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the death of John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

A broadcaster who co-founded The Weather Channel but later drew anger from people for his open distrust of climate change has died in Las Vegas. John Coleman was 83.

Coleman was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career. His wife says he died Saturday night at home but hasn’t revealed the cause of his death.

The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. He worked at several local stations in the Midwest before joining “GMA” when it launched in 1975.

He served as CEO of The Weather Channel for about a year after helping launch it in 1981.

Coleman went on to join KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he spent 20 years as weatherman for its morning show before retiring in 2014. He appeared on cable news outlets to voice his doubts about climate change.

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4:20 p.m.

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career, has died. He was 83.

His wife, Linda Coleman, told The Associated Press her husband died Saturday night at home in Las Vegas. She did not give a cause.

The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. Coleman worked at several local stations in the Midwest before joining “GMA” when it launched in 1975.

He served as CEO of the Weather Channel for about a year after helping launch it in 1981.

Coleman went on to join KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he spent 20 years as weatherman for its morning show before retiring in 2014.

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This story has been corrected to show the weatherman’s name is John Coleman, not Joe Coleman.

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