Charles Eberhardt, 57, chief of the news division at the Voice of America in Washington from 1969 to 1972, died Friday in El Paso, Tex., where he had been hospitalized after a stroke.

Most recently, he was an instructor at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where he had been hospitalized before his transfer to the El Paso hospital. He lived in Fairacres, N.M. b

Mr. Eberhardt joined the VOA in New York in 1954, shortly before its offices were moved to Washington. Except for a stint in Beirut in 1957, he was a radio and general information specialist in the news bureau here until 1959, when he left to serve on the faculty of the University of Chicago for a year.

After rejoining the VOA, Mr. Eberhardt was assigned to Saigon until returning to the news bureau here in 1964. He became a supervisory international radio specialist. In 1967, he was assigned to Bangkok for two years.

After serving as chief of the news division in Washington, he had a tour of duty as chief of the VOA bureau in Rome before retiring in 1973.

Mr. Eberhardt was born in Lawrence, Kan. He interrupted his studies at Harvard University to serve with the Marines in World War II. He participated in several Pacific campaigns and was wounded at Iwo Jima.

After the war, Mr. Eberhardt graduated from Harvard. He worked on the Kansas City Star, earned a master's degree at Stanford University where he taught English, reported for the New Mexico O'Brien newspaper chain and United Press and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard before joining VOA.

He is survivied by his wife, Mary Marty, of Fairacres; a son, Charles, of Olympia, Wash., and two daughters, Marty, of Tucson, Ariz., and Katherine, of Glenwood, N.M.