As a criminal justice reporter for The Associated Press, Michael Graczyk has covered hundreds of executions of death row inmates in Texas, says NPR. Last week, after an execution in Oklahoma went terribly wrong, many people turned their attention again to capital punishment — and to the reporters who cover it. Graczyk has witnessed at least two botched executions.
Despite viewing so many executions, Graczyk tries to maintain a sense of his responsibilities as a witness to the death of another individual. “You have to be careful,” he says. “You don’t want to get into a formula. You want to make it a story that people want to read, either for the record or for the sake of it being an interesting case.”