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Contact Belen: belen.deleon@9news.com or 303-871-1858

Belen grew up in a border town in South Texas called Roma. She was a performer at an early age and participated in band, choir, drama, and mariachi.

Right out of high school, she joined a Regional Mexican band called La Onda and signed a record deal with Capital EMI. The group recorded four albums and traveled the U.S., Mexico, and even South America performing for sold out crowds.

Due the bands popularity, they received a gold album for high record sales and two Latin Billboard awards.

After she left the group in 2006, she worked briefly as the host, producer, and writer for a variety television show in McAllen, Texas. She made a dramatic career change in August 2007 when she accepted the position as a weather forecaster for the local Univision and Fox affiliates. During her four years on air in South Texas, Belen led weather coverage in English and Spanish through hurricanes, tornadoes, and freezes.

Belen joined 9NEWS in February 2012 as the weekend forecaster. She's been nominated as one of America's Favorite Weather Forecasters through Weatherist.com and has reported for The Weather Channel during winter weather and wildfire coverage.

One of her biggest accomplishments while in Denver has been becoming a certified meteorologist through Mississippi State University in August 2013. She is currently working towards earning the NWA Broadcast Seal of Approval.

Beyond forecasting, she donates her time to visit local schools and teach children about weather. Belen is also actively involved in the community and has been the MC for several charitable organizations.

She is very proud of her Mexican culture and has become a big collaborator of the Hispanic Heritage Month Series.

After clocking out of work at 9NEWS, she heads home for her other full-time job as mom and wife. She's always looking for a good trail to hike with her husband and enjoys dance parties in the living room with her three young boys.

She's come a long way from her performing days with La Onda, but every once in a while she is known to spontaneously belt out a verse during her forecasts.

Send weather pictures, story ideas, and school visit requests to bdeleon@9news.com.Get weather updates on twitter @Belen_DeLeon.

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