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 […]


Europe’s Day in Rome

Dear Blog Readers— Yesterday was an historic day for Europe, although it seems to have gone by without much of a blip on the worldwide news radar. I won’t write much about it, but I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes notes and photos. The leaders of the 27 nations of the European Union gathered […]


Lucia’s Battle

Dear Blog Readers, I have been working with my AP wire colleague Fran D’Emilio on a story on women fighting back against violence in Italy that went out this morning as part of the AP’s many stories for International Women’s Day. Fran wrote an excellent story (see link here: Scarred Survivors) – I handled the TV […]