Howard Flieger, 89, who retired in 1976 as executive editor of U.S. News and World Report, died July 11 of cardio-respiratory failure at Manor Care Health Services in Potomac, where he was being treated for a fractured vertebra he suffered in an accidental fall. He lived in Silver Spring.

Mr. Flieger, a longtime resident of Bethesda, was a journalist for more than 50 years.

He began with U.S. News in 1945 as a political writer and then was named managing editor of World Report, a separate publication. After they merged, he was named international editor in 1948.

Mr. Flieger was a native of Denver. He began his reporting career in Shawnee, Okla., and later worked for the Associated Press in Missouri and Washington. Here, he covered the Senate and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's last campaign. He was one of three reporters allowed to attend Roosevelt's funeral in 1945.

He was a member of the Cosmos and National Press clubs, White House Correspondents Association and Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism society.

His wife of 67 years, Dorothy Flieger, died in 1994. Survivors include two sons, Howard Flieger Jr. of Bethesda and Kenneth Flieger of Washington; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.