Glen M. (Zeke) Hearin, 71, a former newspaperman and government information specialist, died Saturday at Winchester Memorial Hospital.

He had lived at Crosstree Farm in Delaplane, Va., since selling his land in Chantilly some years ago after it was required by the government as part of the site of Dulles Airport.

Born in Virden, Ill., Mr. Hearin was an outstanding athlete while attending Centre College of Kentucky and later played professional football with the Canton Bulldogs.

He worked for the Illinois State Journal in Springfield and the Daily Bulletin and Daily Pantagraph in Bloomington, Ill.

In the 1930s, Mr. Hearin was a county reporter for the old Washington Herald and then the Washington Times-Herald.

After serving for three years with the Merchant Marine during World War II, he returned to the Times-Herald, where he was a reporter, rewrite man, makeup, telegraph and news editor until the paper was purchased by The Washington Post in 1954.

Mr. Hearin worked briefly for The Post, then was manager of publicity for the American Trucking Association for a year. He later became a speech writer at the Department of Interior and worked for several other government agencies.

At one time, Mr. Hearin had owned and operated the Prince Georgian, a weekly newspaper in Hyattsville. He also had edited the Loudoun Times-Mirror in Leesburg.

He had been a member of the National Press Club for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Marion K., of the home, and a brother, Virgil G., of Springfield, Ill.