J.D. Alexander, 66, a former Washington Post editor who became a newspaper executive in San Diego and Seattle and most recently was assistant to the president of Hearst Newspapers, died June 14 at a hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He had pulmonary hypertension.

Starting in 1967, Mr. Alexander spent seven years at The Post. He began as a copy editor and worked mostly on the national staff. His final assignment, as an assistant national editor, involved supervising domestic news bureaus and national news outside the metro area.

After briefly working for a start-up publication in New York, he became news editor at the San Diego Union in 1976 and was named managing editor in 1979.

He worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from 1986 to 2000, first as executive editor and then as editor and publisher.

As assistant to the president of Hearst Newspapers, one of his responsibilities was writing a weekly financial report.

Jasper D. Alexander -- the middle initial was extraneous -- was a native of Charlotte. He was a 1966 graduate of Wake Forest University, where he also did graduate work in European diplomatic history.

Early in his career, he was a reporter for the Winston-Salem Journal in North Carolina and the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. He also did public relations work for the Bowman-Gray medical school at Wake Forest, where his father was a purchasing agent and his mother was a nurse; and was a writer and public relations man for the Air Force.

He was a Pulitzer Prize juror two times.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Carol Goforth "Cadee" Alexander, and a son, Jasper David Alexander, both of Saratoga Springs; two brothers; and a granddaughter.