People Remembered: David Belnap

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David Belnap

David F. Belnap, 87, a correspondent in Latin America from 1955 to 1980 who won a 1970 OPC award for his reporting, died of heart failure November 8 in an Arcadia, California hospital.

His major stories included Juan Peron's return to power in Argentina, election of Socialist President Salvador Allende in Chile and the rise of rebel factions in Nicaragua.

For 20 years, Belnap worked for UP and UPI in domestic bureaus and Buenos Aires, where he became director of the wire services Latin American operations. He joined the Los Angeles Times Buenos Aires bureau in 1967.

In 1980, Belnap was assigned as an editor on the L.A. Times foreign desk, retiring in 1993. In addition to his OPC award, Belnap won the 1973 Maria Moors Cabot Prize from Columbia University for his Latin American coverage

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