Frank Bajak knew he wanted to be a foreign correspondent when he watched the TET offensive on TV in 5th grade. His father was the NBC News executive in charge of getting newsfilm shot worldwide to New York and on the air. It took two days from Saigon.

A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., and Oberlin College graduate, Bajak did post-graduate studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. A crackdown on the Solidarity free trade union movement interrupted them. Then came martial law. He joined The AP in Warsaw the next year. He has covered post-Berlin Wall Germany, Colombia’s seemingly interminable conflict, the war on drugs, the Haiti quake aftermath, Latin America’s left turn and the Hugo Chavez phenomenon. He is currently based in Houston, covering the border, immigration and cybersecurity.

From 2000-2005, Bajak was the AP’s first technology editor, based in New York City. He believes that societal and cultural transformations propelled by science and technology, equal in their potential for good or harm, are the single most important story of our time. But maybe that was always so.