Nigerian Sex Slaves in Italy

Dear Blog Readers, I have been working for months on a long story for AP on the tens of thousands of Nigerian girls who are victims of sex trafficking to Italy.  AP finally came out with the story for International Women’s Day on March 8th.  Here are the links: TV VERSION: https://vids.press/ap-archive/only-on-ap-italy-failing-to-help-migrants-trafficked-as-sex-slaves/ WIRE VERSION: https://www.apnews.com/df4b0f007cd7475e90754e99189f5572 […]


Kicking off Venice Carnival

Dear Blog Readers, Ok, I admit it.  I needed an excuse to get out of Rome and be distracted.  I got a nasty flu after Christmas and at the last minute had to back out of going on the Papal Trip to Chile and Peru. That was a big, important trip and I missed it.  […]


Precious Cargo

Nineteen-year-old Precious is a smiling, laughing, living testament to human resilience. She sits at the end of a table in a safe house near Rome for Nigerian sex slaves who have managed to escape their exploiters and tells me her story. The first impression of Precious, with her beautiful, gentle face, smooth skin, lively brown […]


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 […]