KDAF-TV has a brief profile of AP reporter Michael Graczyk, "Texas Reporter Witnesses Hundreds of Executions."
It is the job of the Associated Press reporter to cover capital punishment in Texas, and that translates into busy days on death row. Graczyk estimates that he has witnessed more than 300 executions in his 26 years covering lethal injection in the state.
Graczyk may have witnessed more executions than anyone in the country because Texas sets the pace when it comes to lethal injection. "It's just part of my job. It just comes with the territory," says the reporter.
Graczyk says many of the executions have stuck with him through the years, for various reasons. "I remember Gary Graham's execution with all the tension," he says. Graham's execution during President George Bush's first run for office brought out hordes of demonstrators.
Gracyk has also seen three women executed, and those linger in his mind. But, he says, it's the personal nature of visiting the inmates for interviews on death row that he won't forget. "Many of times when I walk into the death house they will call me by name and ask how I'm doing and that just kind of sticks with you," he says.