LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Journalist Garber Davidson, an Associated Press reporter for 25 years who covered atomic bomb testing in the Nevada desert in the late 1950s, has died. He was 89.

Davidson died Tuesday at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, said funeral director Belinda Macbuag of Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Davidson was a reporter for the Copley newspapers before joining the AP. In addition to the atomic tests, he covered Richard M. Nixon before he became president.

He retired from the AP in 1965 and turned to public relations, working for Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Rockwell International, where he helped publicize the Apollo missions.

Davidson is survived by his wife, Madelyn.

A memorial service was scheduled for Monday afternoon.