Fritz Coleman Calls it a Career

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Fritz Coleman is retiring today after 39 years as NBC4'S lead weathercaster.

“After a year of planning his retirement, Coleman has decided to spend more time with his family, appreciate his good health, and dedicate more time to his comedy,'' the station said in a statement. His last day on-air is today.

Coleman is one of L.A.'s longest-surviving news personalities. He joined the station in 1982.

“This career has been a gift,'' Coleman said. “To work in the greatest news operation in Southern California has been the greatest experience of my life. I have also had the opportunity of raising my children, while working with a wonderful team. I have made lifelong friends at NBC4 and in the community it serves. I'm so very thankful.''

Coleman regularly devotes time to charity events for local nonprofit organizations and has led several community town hall meetings addressing the drought crisis, focusing on weather patterns and water conservation.

“NBC4 will be forever changed by Fritz and his contributions to our news operation and the community he has served for so long,'' said Renee Washington, the station's vice president of news, in comments reported by Daily Variety. “He will continue to be a treasure in our community and always be a cherished member of the NBC4 family.''

Added NBC president and GM Steve Carlston: “Television viewers have faithfully welcomed Fritz into their homes for 39 years, and during this entire time, he has been an esteemed employee, a beloved friend and an outstanding corporate citizen. His retirement is our loss, but a well-deserved respite for him.''

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