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Belinda Jensen

Belinda Jensen

Belinda Jensen born 1969 in Prescott, Wisconsin, United States, is an American television personality and Journalist, who is best known for being the chief meteorologist for KARE 11, serving as a co-host of broadcasts such as “Grow with KARE” and “KARE 11 Saturday”. She is also widely recognized for her previous engagement at the National Weather Service.

Early Life

Belinda Jensen was born in 1969 in Prescott, Wisconsin USA. She grew up alongside four siblings near the St. Croix River in Prescott, Wisconsin.

Upon matriculating from a local high school, she enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. She has also done graduate work in secondary education through the University of Utah.

She later earned her Master’s degree from the same university, majoring in atmospheric science, and also continued her education at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In addition, Belinda has acquired the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for broadcasting meteorology.

Personal

Belinda Jensen traces her interest in meteorology back to an idyllic childhood spent near the St. Croix River in Prescott, Wisconsin.

A self-proclaimed tomboy and one of five children, she says Prescott was a great place to grow up.

She’s always loved the outdoors and excelled in science.

For more than 20 years, she’s brought her passion for all things outdoors to her work as a meteorologist for KARE 11 News and co-host of KARE 11 Saturday and Grow With KARE.

She has made her home in Edina, Minnesota since moving to the Twin Cities from Utah in 1994. She has been chief meteorologist at KARE 11 for 8 years. she is a married to her husband whose name is David, with whom she welcomed two children. A son named Tanner born in 2003, and a daughter named Tori who was born in 2007. With her family and their pet dog named Bernese Mt. Dog, she resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

She has also become an author, authoring six children’s books about becoming weather savvy and helping kids with weather anxiety

Career

After completing her studies and obtaining a high level of education in meteorology, Belinda began her career as a member of ABC’s affiliated channel KTVX in Salt Lake City, where she honed her professional skills in the course of the next three years, serving primarily as its mapmaker. In the early 1990s, she joined KARE 11 and began her tenure there primarily serving as its weekend meteorologist, covering only local events.

However, the real breakthrough in her career occurred in 1993, when during reporting from the field in the mid-western area of the States, stuck in ‘flooding rain’ and lacking ‘proper instructions in her ear’, she went on to explain the details and the scientific background for such historic rainfall for about 13 minutes.

This memorable report afterwards earned her a promotion.

Since 2005, she serves as the chief meteorologist for KARE 11.

She has added several more engagements to her professional portfolio, including serving as a co-host of several other KARE 11 broadcasts, alongside Bobby Jensen she serves as a co-hosts of a gardening show named “Grow with KARE”, while she also regularly appears on and co-hosts its weekend show “KARE 11 Saturday”.

In addition to her successful professional broadcasting career, being passionate about transferring her knowledge about meteorology to others, she can often be seen visiting classrooms, sharing ‘her passion and enthusiasm for weather-related topics’ with children and students.

In order to bring understanding of meteorology and weather to a wider audience,she created a fictional figure of Bel the Weather Girl, the title character of an eponymous children’s book series.

It contains six releases so far, entitled “Weather Clues in the Sky: Clouds”, “Spinning Wind and Water: Hurricane ”, “A Snowstorm Shows Off: Blizzards”, “Raindrops on a Roller Coaster: Hail”, “A Party for Clouds: Thunderstorms” and “The Sky Stirs Up Trouble: Tornadoes”.

Belinda Books

  • A party for Clouds Thunderstorm

  • Raindrops on a roller coaster

  • The sky stirs up trouble

  • Weather clues in the sky

  • Spinning wind and water

Social Media

She is active on Facebook, having amassed over 55,000 followers, as well as on Instagram on which her official account gathers nearly 8,000 fans, and Twitter on which her profile @BelindaKARE11 is followed by 32,000 fans.

Net Worth

Her net worth as of mid-2019, revolves around an impressive sum of $1 million, acquired primarily through her almost three-decades-long career in broadcasting meteorology.[14]

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