The Marvelously Ugly White Truffle

November 19, 2017
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Dear Blog Readers – I am on a train headed back to Rome after a busy weekend bouncing around the Piedmont region of Italy with Italy’s Foreign Press Association’s “Gruppo Del Gusto” a sort of Culinary Club of journalists who travel around Italy visiting towns looking at local foods and food production, eating a lot […]


What is Wrong With Romans?

November 1, 2017
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My frustration over the bad attitude of Romans has boiled over this week and is spilling into this blog…. It started as I was walking across Piazza del Popolo heading home the other day.  There is a lot of activity in the Piazza in the late afternoon and early evening.  Usually a street entertainer is […]


Passing the Babies and Forgiving the Unforgivable in Colombia

A week ago today, I found myself standing on a street corner in a Cartagena slum with a handful of photographers, camerapersons and reporters—what is known as a tight pool.  As always when we cover the Pope, we were dressed in black.  Sweat was soaking through our clothing and I could feel the drops running […]


Pope Francis’ Push for Peace in Colombia

Dear Blog Readers – Next Wednesday I will be heading to Colombia on the Papal plane to cover Pope Francis’ five-day  trip to four Colombian cities as part as his effort to boost the peace process.  I intend to do a post once I am back so this is just a little preview – mostly […]


Rome’s Water Worries

Dear Blog Readers – My colleagues and I have been dedicating our week to covering the drought in Italy and the problem of water supply for the city of Rome. It is hard to believe that Rome, a city surrounded by ancient Roman aqueducts, where water flows freely in fabulous fountains, is now struggling to […]


Covering the G7 in Taormina, Sicily

Dear Blog Readers, I am sitting in the airport waiting area in Catania, Sicily trying to take advantage of the sugar high from yet-another cannolo to get started on a post about the past six days in Sicily working on AP coverage of the G7 summit in Taormina. Thanks to a well-timed Alitalia strike at […]


Mr. Walls Vs. Mr. Bridges at the Vatican

The AP Television Rome bureau team is getting ready for a big meeting coming up this Wednesday with two of the most compelling figures on the world stage – Pope Francis and US President Donald Trump. Trump is scheduled to meet the Pope at the Vatican Wednesday morning at 8:30am. His motorcade will pull into […]


Wax Limbs and Rose Petals – Following the Pope in Fatima

Dear Blog Readers – I am trying to whip off this post while flying from Lisbon back to Rome after five days in the town of Fatima, Portugal.   I am so zonked I won’t get it done if I don’t finish it in this 3 hour window of opportunity. Associated Press Television sent me at […]