Student, Weber College, Ogden, 1940.
Belnap was born in Ogden, Utah, the oldest of five children born to Utah district judge Hyrum A. Belnap (1890–1940) and Lois Ellen Foster (1894–1985). He interned at a young age at an Ogden, Utah, newspaper and took his first paying job with United Press news service, (a Scripps company), in Salt Lake City. He relocated to Seattle in 1945 to become the Assistant City Editor for the Seattle Star, also owned by Scripps.
After World World War II, he moved to Helena, Montana to become United Press International"s bureau chief
Three years later he traded Helena for Honolulu, Hawaii, then returned to Seattle as Regional Executive for United Press International in 1952. In 1955 he received a posting as a foreign correspondent for United Press International"s "Chester Service" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, eventually rising to become Director of Wire Services for all of United Press International"s Latin America operations.
In 1967 (following unrest within United Press International) he transferred to the Buenos Aires bureau of the Los Angeles Times, where he remained until 1980. In that year he returned to the United States to become the Times" Foreign Desk Editor in Los Los Angeles
He retired in 1993 after 50 years in the business.
He died of heart failure November 8, 2009, in Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, California.
During his career, his major stories included Juan Peron"s return to power in Argentina, the election of Socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile, the rise of rebel factions in Nicaragua and the Jacobo Timerman scandal.
Member Overseas Press Club American, Los Angeles Press Club, American Club of Buenos Aires, Phoenix Club of Lima (Peru).
Married Barbara Virginia Carlberg, January 17, 1947.