John S. DeMott, a reporter for Time magazine among other publications, died Jan. 14 at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md. He was 76.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Kathryn DeMott.

Mr. DeMott wrote for Institutional Investor and Newsweek before covering the economy and business for Time starting in the mid-1970s.

He moved to Washington in 1987 and briefly was press secretary for Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) before returning to journalism. He held a succession of jobs before traveling around the country in 2006 and doing editing work for newspapers along the way.

John Stuart DeMott was a native of Mount Clemens, Mich., and a 1959 graduate of the University of Michigan. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1961.

Mr. DeMott, a Silver Spring resident, was a member of the National Press Club.

His marriages to Delyra Stickney, Susan Pressly and Elizabeth Russell Frappollo ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Kathryn DeMott of Silver Spring and Michael S. DeMott of Newton, Mass.; and two grandsons.

— Samantha Raphelson