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Journalist Kingsbury-Smith Dies

February 4, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Joseph Kingsbury-Smith, a former national editor and chief foreign correspondent for Hearst Newspapers and a one-time publisher of the New York Journal-American, died Wednesday at his home in suburban Virginia. He was 90.

Kingsbury-Smith started a 60-year career with Hearst in 1924, when he joined the International News Service as a copy boy. He spend the next 34 years with INS, holding a variety of posts in New York, London and Washington, including chief diplomatic correspondent, and vice president and general manager.

In the 1940s, Kingsbury-Smith corresponded with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. In 1956 he shared the Pulitzer Price for international affairs reporting with Hearth colleagues William Randolph Hearst Jr. and Frank Conniff for a series of interviews the previous year with Nikita Krushchev and other Soviet leaders.

He became publisher of the now defunct Journal-American in 1959. Seven years later Kingsbury-Smith was named European director of the Hearst Corp. and chief foreign writer for its newspapers. In 1976 he was named national editor of Hearst newspapers. Later he headed Hearst’s corporate activities in Washington, retiring as a vice president and director of the company.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen, two daughters, two grandchildren and two great-granchildren.

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