Fritz Coleman is NBC4 Southern California's beloved weathercaster for NBC4 News at 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. He joined NBC4 in 1982 as the weekend weathercaster and two years later moved to weekdays, where he has been part of the longest-running evening news team with legendary journalists Chuck Henry, Colleen Williams and Fred Roggin. A Southern California broadcasting icon, he is renowned in the region for his extensive knowledge of weather, his sense of humor and affable personality. Follow him on Facebook here.
Fritz has received countless accolades over the last three decades, including "Best Weathercaster" by nearly every major newspaper in Southern California, including the Orange County Register and four times in the Los Angeles Daily News. The City of Los Angeles named Fritz a "Treasure of Los Angeles" and the City of Burbank granted him the official key to the city in 2015. And as a long-time resident of Toluca Lake, Fritz holds the title of Honorary Mayor.
In addition to his celebrated broadcast career, Fritz is also well known for giving his time to numerous charitable activities, and frequently hosts hundreds of local events to raise awareness for services that benefit underserved communities. His involvement in NBC4's goodwill initiatives has been the cornerstone to the success of the station's community outreach, including Fritz's Holiday Lights which spotlighted festive neighborhoods lit up for the holiday season. His role in NBC4's Wishing Tree continues the seasonal tradition of spreading good cheer and generosity to many in need. Fritz is also featured as a proud example of the rewards of giving time with NBC4's signature community program, I Am A Volunteer.
His community work has been recognized by hundreds of prominent organizations, including a Humanitarian Award from the United States House of Representatives for his work with the American Red Cross, as well as honors by groups including the Salvation Army, Shelter Partnership and others.
A long-time stand-up comic who regards Bob Hope and Johnny Carson as heroes, Fritz has done stand-up for decades at The Improv, The Ice House and other Southern California comedy clubs. He has also appeared several times on the "Tonight Show" with Carson and various Bob Hope specials - finally meeting and working with his longtime idols. He has used his humor in a number of series and specials as well that have aired on NBC4 over the years including "What a Week" (1990 - 1991), "It's Fritz" (1988-1990), and two specials, "Fritz and Friends" and "The Perils of Parenting." He went on to earn four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work.
Fritz has written and starred in several one-man plays including his first production "It's Me! Dad!" which won the coveted Artistic Directors Award, and "Tonight at 11!" which is an insider's look at a typical local newscast. A rollercoaster ride between funny and poignant, Daily Variety called it, "surprising, incisive and powerful."
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Fritz attended Salem College in West Virginia and Temple University in Philadelphia where he studied radio, television and film. He started his career as a disc jockey and radio talk show host for many radio stations, and served his country in the U.S. Navy doing radio and TV. Fritz lives in the San Fernando Valley and has three children and two grandchildren.