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John Coleman (1934-2018)

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John Coleman founded The Weather Channel and was the original weathercaster on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with David Hartman and Joan Lunden. He retired in 2014 after more than 60 years in broadcasting. Coleman passed away on January 20, 2018.

Watch the inspirational end of Coleman's keynote address at ICCC-9 in Las Vegas in 2014.


Coleman earned a B.A. degree in Journalism in 1957 from the University of Illinois,  and after a decade of self-study and correspondence classwork obtained the American Meteorological Society’s full Professional Meteorologist membership. He was honored by the AMS as Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year.  He later allowed his AMS membership to expire in protest of the AMS becoming more political than scientific.

Coleman started his career in Television in 1953 at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois.  He also worked in Peoria, Nebraska, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois where he was part of a news team that re-invented the format of television news and dominated the ratings for well over a decade. After starting The Weather Channel he moved to New York City and then for the past twenty years was weatherman for KUSI in San Diego, California. After 61 years of being on TV, he decided “enough is enough” and retired in April 2014.   

In retirement, Coleman remains busy. He has written a novel and screen play, designed two new APPs for cell phones and smart TV. He does frequent national TV and radio appearances, attends the International Climate Change Conferences where he is frequently asked to speak, and writes and posts documents on the topic on the internet.  

His appearances on Fox News with Megan Kelly and on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” can be viewed here:

Coleman was a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute and featured speaker at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, which took place in Las Vegas in 2014. His presentation on how the global warming frenzy began can be seen here:

Coleman wrote, co-produced, and hosted two hour-long documentaries debunking the global warming scare:

He also recently produced a 35 minutes PowerPoint video on the topic:

There are numerous other videos of Mr. Coleman discussing global warming on You Tube at

Below, watch John Coleman’s presentations at Heartland’s climate conferences.

“How the Global Warming Frenzy Began” (2014)




“Dead Wrong About Global Warming: How Al Gore Got that Way” (2009)


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December 18, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Jay Lehr, H. Sterling Burnett, Frederick D. Palmer, Bette Grande, John Coleman (1934-2018), Tom Harris, Tom Sheahen, Kenneth Haapala, Timothy Ball, James H. Rust, Walter Starck
“The elimination of climate change from the nation’s list of security threats is one of the most important of the many actions the president has taken to strength the United States.” - Jay Lehr
October 9, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Isaac Orr, H. Sterling Burnett, Tim Benson, Frederick D. Palmer, Peter Ferrara, Bette Grande, S. T. Karnick, Walter Cunningham, Craig Idso, Donn Dears, Tom Harris, Alan Carlin, James E. Enstrom, John Coleman (1934-2018)
"Scrapping the Clean Power Plan is the first of a series of steps that must be taken to reverse the Obama administration’s energy policies." - Isaac Orr
August 25, 2017
By Bette Grande, Alan Carlin, John Coleman (1934-2018), Frederick D. Palmer, Timothy Ball, S. T. Karnick, Paul Driessen, Daniel Sutter, William Briggs, Joseph S. D'Aleo, Tom Harris
" As millions brace for the potentially devastating impact from Harvey, stories are being written tying Harvey to man-made climate change." - Bette Grande
August 9, 2017
By Isaac Orr, Frederick D. Palmer, Tom Harris, Tom Sheahen, Donn Dears, Marc Morano, Joseph S. D'Aleo, James H. Rust, John Coleman (1934-2018), Walter Starck, Arthur Viterito
The New York Times this week posted a draft of a climate science report by the federal government’s U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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