Michael Buchanan: I come from the Isle of Barra, a small island at the south of the Outer Hebrides, best known as the setting for the classic Ealing comedy, Whisky Galore, and for having the only commercial runway in Europe that's washed by the tide twice a day.
I decided I wanted to be a journalist from an early age and after graduating from Glasgow University, I was hired as a trainee reporter by Radio Nan Gaidheal, the BBC's Gaidhlig language service.
From there I moved to Eorpa, a weekly TV current affairs programme focusing on European issues. During my three years there I got to travel across the continent, most memorably visiting the Chernobyl nuclear power plant for a documentary on the 10th anniversary of the disaster, which won a BAFTA.
That interest in foreign affairs enticed me to the World Service, where I got the opportunity to meet fascinating people from all over the world.
Following a year working as a reporter on the Today programme, I moved to Washington, DC. I've always been interested (obsessed) in all things American, and the two-and-a-half years I spent working there were fantastic, covering such stories as the Iraq war, the Columbia shuttle crash, the Michael Jackson trial and the showbiz extravaganza that was the 2004 Presidential election.
Since returning to London, I've been fortunate to cover some the biggest stories of the past 2 years including Hurricane Katrina, the conflict in Lebanon and the Ipswich killings.