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.”
John Coleman was born on Oct. 15, 1934, in Alpine, Texas, the fifth child of Claude Coleman, a college professor, and Hazel Coleman, a math teacher. Information on survivors was not immediately available.
Jason Austell, an anchor for KUSI-TV’s “Good Morning San Diego,” tweeted that Mr. Coleman was “a beloved meteorologist.”
“This is a big loss for the weather community,” said Alex Tardy, a forecaster at the National Weather Service. “He brought a lot of energy and color and enthusiasm to forecasting. My kids loved watching him on TV.”