Edward Cony, 76, a former Wall Street Journal managing editor and Dow Jones executive who also was a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, died Jan. 9 at a nursing home in Aptos, Calif. He had pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.

He joined the Wall Street Journal as a reporter in the San Francisco bureau in 1953 and stayed with the newspaper for 35 years. He received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1961. He was bureau chief and regional news manager before becoming the paper's managing editor in 1965.

Mr. Cony was named executive editor of Dow Jones publications and news services in 1970, and he took on the role of vice president of Dow Jones in 1972. He served as president of the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund from 1981 through 1988.

Mr. Cony also was an associate editor at the Wall Street Journal from 1986 until his retirement in 1988.

He had served as a president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. When he retired, the APME newsletter called him "the boss you would like to have."

Mr. Cony was born in Maine and served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Reed College and received a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University.