Last week I did a story for AP television on Alessia Giuliani, the first woman photographer dedicated exclusively to covering the Vatican and the Pope. I decided to do the story while we were both covering the Pope’s trip to Madrid for World Youth Day last August. On Pope trips I have to drag around a tripod and a computer, which can be exhausting when one is often taken to the first event at dawn and finishes after the last event late in the evening. I was amazed watching Alessia. She is the only woman photographer on the Pope’s plane and carries tons of equipment, various cameras, lenses, monopod and computer. Everyone knows her. The Swiss Guards always stop to chat with her when they head to the back of the plane. Bishops, Cardinals and the Pope’s spokesman also stop to say hello. Alessia is friends with all the photographers who enjoy having her with them. Her work is physically demanding and the financial rewards are minimal, but that doesn’t make her any less determined.
Alessia has broken down barriers in a man’s world with humilty, a great sense of humor, respect for all, and professionalism and passion for her work.
To see my story about Alessia, and video of her in action at the Vatican, click on this LINK
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Trisha is a TV journalist working for AP TV News in Rome. She is married to an Italian and is a Mamma of three.