ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Watson Sims, who worked for the Associated Press for 25 years and also was a newspaper editor, has died at a hospice care center in Asheville. He was 90 years old.

His son, Win Word-Sims, said his father died Friday morning of pneumonia.

Watson Sims served in World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Silver Star among other decorations.

Watson Sims began his AP career in 1947 in Nashville, Tenn., and went on to work as a foreign correspondent and World Services editor. He left the AP in 1971 and was editor of the Battle Creek Enquirer in Michigan and The News Brunswick Home News in New Jersey.

He later directed media studies for The George H. Gallup International Institute in the United States and Eastern Europe.