H. L. Stevenson Obit

H. L. Stevenson, Reporter at UPI Became Top Editor

The following was printed by The New York Times on April 1, 1995

H. L. Stevenson, a former editor in chief of United Press International who presided over the news service's coverage during the era of the Vietnam War and Watergate, died on Thursday (April 1, 1995). He was 65 and lived in Rye, N.Y.

Mr. Stevenson had been in poor health since suffering a heart attack in November, a family friend told UPI. He died at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stamford, Conn.

Mr. Stevenson spent 31 years working for UPI, becoming managing editor in 1965 and editor in chief and vice president in 1972. He oversaw coverage of the Apollo moon landings, the Middle East and the energy crisis.

In 1972 and 1978, Mr. Stevenson and other UPI executives visited China to press for the reopening of Western news bureaus there. He wrote widely published accounts of Chinese life under Communism and wrote articles on life in Cuba under Fidel Castro after similar visits there during the early 1980's.

Mr. Stevenson was a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation, which supports activities of the school of journalism at the University of Kansas, and a Pulitzer Prize juror. For more than 10 years, he wrote the UPI Reporter, a weekly newsletter.