H.L. Stevenson, who guided United Press International for 11 years as editor in chief, overseeing the coverage of events from Watergate to space exploration, has died. He was 65.
Stevenson, whose health had been failing since January, died Thursday in St. Joseph Medical Center, said George Harmon, a longtime friend of the family.
Stevenson became managing editor of the news service in 1965 and was appointed editor in chief and vice president in 1972, with responsibility for a worldwide staff of 1,000.
For 11 years, he oversaw UPI's coverage of stories ranging from the Vietnam War to the Middle East, Apollo moon landings and the energy crisis.
Stevenson was promoted to executive vice president-editorial in June 1983 to handle corporate matters. In 1984, he left UPI and later became corporate editor of Chicago-based Crain Communications for six years.