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David F. Belnap, American journalist. Recipient Overseas Press Club American award for best article on Latin American, 1970, Maria Moors Cabot prize, 1973. Member Overseas Press Club American, Los Angeles Press Club, American Club of Buenos Aires, Phoenix Club of Lima (Peru).


Belnap, David F. was born on July 27, 1922 in Ogden, Utah, United States. Son of Hyrum Adolphus and Lois Ellen Belnap.


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 War II, he moved to Helena, Montana to become UPI's bureau chief. Three years later he traded Helena for Honolulu, Hawaii, then returned to Seattle as Regional Executive for UPI in 1952. In 1955 he received a posting as a foreign correspondent for UPI's "Chester Service" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, eventually rising to become Director of Wire Services for all of UPI's Latin America operations.

In 1967 (following unrest within UPI) 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 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.


  • He won the 1970 Ed Stout Award of the Overseas Press Club for his series of articles on political changes in Chile and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University in 1973 for his Latin American coverage.


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.

Hyrum Adolphus

Lois Ellen Belnap

Barbara Virginia Carlberg