Donald Paul Doane, 88, a former U.S. News & World Report reporter, assistant managing editor and contributing editor, died of complications from pneumonia Oct. 6 at the Woodbine Nursing Home in Alexandria.

A longtime District resident, he moved to the nursing home in June.

Mr. Doane was an Associated Press foreign correspondent in Germany when in 1953 he joined U.S. News & World Report in Washington as a writer. His assignments included the urban riots in the 1960s, Watergate and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. His writings on legal issues earned him the Gavel Award from the American Bar Association in 1976 and other honors.

He served as the magazine's assistant managing editor before retiring in 1976. He continued to work as a contributing editor until 1983.

Mr. Doane was born in Lucas, Kan. After attending Fort Hays Kansas State College, he began his journalism career as a reporter for the Hays Daily News in Hays, Kan.

He joined Associated Press in 1937 as a wire editor, and a few years later, he became an AP political reporter in Jefferson City, Mo., and a war correspondent in London.

Survivors include his wife, Veronica A. Doane of Alexandria; a daughter, Linda Lou King of Annandale; a sister; and a granddaughter.