Tom O’Neill

Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un have this in common: Both enjoy loyal followings. True, the Supreme Leader, as Kim is known, is in another league as far as pure numbers go,  swith 24 million people in his grip as ruler of the world’s most controlled society. But Guttenfelder has impressive totals of his own. The Iowa-born...

In a second dispatch from the Palazzo Vecchio, which serves as City Hall for Florence, National Geographic writer Tom O’Neill reports on the the effort to find Leonardo da Vinci’s “Battle of Anghiari,” last seen some 450 years ago. The project is led by the National Geographic Society’s Expeditions Council and University of California San...

By Tom O’Neill, National Geographic Magazine Florence, Italy — Around midnight, the narrow streets and broad squares of central Florence empty except for a few carousers, lights flicker in the windows of an upper floor windows of the Palazzo Vecchio, the imposing stone-fronted building that serves as City Hall. Inside some two dozen people, chiefly...