Belen De Leon, a dark-haired woman with a strong voice, is a Mexican-American reporter currently working as the weekend meteorologist for NBC4 in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was part of the 9NEWS team in Colorado.
Personal Life, Parents & Family Background :
- Belen grew up in South Texas, in a town called Roma. As a child, she always loved to sing and dance, & was always involved in theatre activities at school.
- After graduating high school, she was part of a music group, and spent much of her young life away from home on tour.
- Around the mid 2000s, Belen grew homesick, and decided that the pop star life wasn’t for her. She then returned to South Texas and began working on TV.
- Now in Colorado, De Leon is active in her community and often visits local schools to teach kids about weather and about her profession. She also emcees for charities and works to promote Hispanic heritage within the state.
- When she is not doing any of these things, she is spending time with her husband and her three sons, Ivan de Leon Jr, Isai, and Izak.
Education & College :
- In August 2013, De Leon graduated from Mississippi State University with a meteorology certification, although she had been reading the weather for several years before that.
- In 2015, she also earned The National Weather Association, or NWA – Broadcast Seal of Approval.
Music Career, Salary & Net Worth :
- Belen has been singing Mariachi music at ferias, ever since she was in middle school. The band that she joined after high school was called La Onda, and was under contract with record label Capitol EMI.
- At first, De Leon struggled in the group since she grew up learning “Tex-Mex” Spanish instead of “proper” Spanish.
- When she began singing in front of large audiences and had songs broadcasted to multiple countries, native Spanish speakers criticized her for it. Criticism over her Spanish would become a recurring factor throughout her career.
- Nevertheless, La Onda’s music grew quite popular, and won two Latin Billboard awards, as well as one gold and one platinum album. Many of La Onda’s songs can be seen on YouTube.
- In 2006, she left the group and headed back to Texas to work on TV.
Career as a Meteorologist :
- De Leon’s bilingualism came in handy, and in 2007, she became a weather forecaster for Univision, where she read the forecast in Spanish, and Fox, where she read the weather in English.
- In February 2012, she moved up to Denver, Colorado, and began reporting the weather for 9NEWS.
- Denver was predominantly white at the time, and some viewers did not take well to her accent or her occasional use of Spanish words as emphasis or flair. She began receiving some hate mail and racist threats, but persisted in order to give the small but growing Hispanic population a visible voice in the Denver community.
- Her perseverance paid off, and she even received a nomination for America’s Favorite Weather Forecaster through Weatherist (dot) com.
- In Jan 2018, Belen quit 9NEWS and headed to NBC 4 as their weekend meteorologist. She is still known to occasionally sing on-air.