WASHINGTON (AP) _ Tad Szulc, a longtime foreign and diplomatic correspondent who reported the Bay of Pigs invasion for The New York Times, died Monday at his Washington home of liver and lung cancer. He was 74.

Szulc was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1926. In 1945 he dropped out of the University of Brazil and became a reporter for The Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro. In 1947, he moved to the United States and became United Nations correspondent for the United Press.

Szulc joined The New York Times in 1953 and became a U.S. citizen in 1954. During his 20 years at the Times he was assigned to Washington, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Eastern Europe. In April 1961, while working as a Miami correspondent, he learned of President Kennedy's plans to invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.

After leaving the Times, Szulc wrote about world affairs for Parade magazine as well as numerous books, including biographies of Fidel Castro and Pope John Paul II. His most recent book was the 2000 novel ``To Kill the Pope,'' based on the 1981 assassination attempt against John Paul.

Szulc told of his battle with cancer in a March issue of Parade. ``I've had a marvelous life: married for 52 years, two kids, a grandchild, worked in 91 countries, published 20 books,'' he wrote. ``I've had a fantastic time, always.''

Szulc is survived by his wife, Marianne; children, Nicole and Anthony; and a grandson.