Judith Vonberg

Freelance journalist

I'm a freelance journalist currently working on the digital news team at CNN International in the London bureau, where I began as an intern in January 2017. I also work as a freelance news writer at The Independent.

Since June 2017, I have been a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This has involved writing news stories, producing distinctive features, analysis pieces and graphics-led articles, and working closely with colleagues in Berlin and with the CNN Style and Travel teams.

My articles on migration, Anglo-German relations and European culture have also been published by The Guardian, New Statesman and BuzzFeed and I have appeared on BBC TV World News and BBC Radio Scotland discussing the refugee crisis. You can see some of my work on refugee and migration issues at www.peoplecrossingborders.com.

I have also recently passed my doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

Portfolio

HIGHLIGHTS

Two phones, two years: How North and South Korea reconnected
At 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, a phone rang in a room in an uninhabited village in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. For the first time since February 2016,...
'Jerusalem is our right:' Palestinians enraged by Trump decision
Disillusioned and disappointed Palestinians took to the streets in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem on Thursday following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize...
Germany's hidden hunger: On the breadline in Europe's richest country
Lilifer Kus works five days a week at a butcher’s shop, but every Thursday morning she can be found at her local food bank, collecting the supplies she needs to feed her family.
No place to pray: Why Munich’s Muslims are turning to old pubs and churches
The sound of Muslim prayer drifts out from the old pub onto the street, as men and women inside kneel on rugs laid down carefully minutes earlier. A Jewish man stands in the...
How Germany stacks up against its neighbors
When German voters head to the polls on September 24, they'll have to choose from a record 42 parties, but there are just two realistic candidates for Chancellor -- incumbent...
Martin Schulz: Germany's Bernie Sanders?
He's a former alcoholic, an ex-soccer player and he doesn't have a university degree. Martin Schulz is not your average candidate for Chancellor. But on September 24, the votes...
Sergey Ponomarev: A lens on Syria
His latest exhibition, "A Lens on Syria," is now showing at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London, a visual testimony to a war that -- at the last count a year ago -- has...
Britain's young voters are angry, not apathetic
With younger people in the UK significantly worse off than older generations, they're not apathetic about elections -- they're frustrated and angry.
Living with autism - as a woman
Laura James, 47, is a successful journalist and author. She's a wife to Tim and mother to four adult children. She likes fashion, cats and writing. She's eloquent and...
Brexit: 50 things to do after Article 50
Brexit officially began Wednesday after UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, kicking off Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and the painstaking...
How some European countries are tightening their refugee policies
US President Donald Trump is expected to sign a new executive order this week that would temporarily halt travel from citizens of seven nations he says pose a high risk of...
Do we really need another drama about Hitler?
A new series being produced in Germany seeks to portray Hitler as a human being, in an attempt to explain an evil that seems inexplicable.
'You work in a vacuum' - the loneliness of the long distance learner
I became a distance learning student when a failed PhD funding application ruled out a London university with a 30-minute commute. Instead, I accepted a place at a university...
Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean 'migrants', but we should
By rejecting the term and using ‘refugee’ instead as a means of arousing the empathy and compassion we should be feeling towards these people, Al Jazeera gives credence to the...
This Is What Refugees Are Given When They Arrive In Berlin
BERLIN - The refugee crisis that has engulfed Europe has seen tens of thousands of people make their way to Germany in the hope of making a better life. And in this ordinary...

International news

Cape Town residents rejoice as rain finally falls
For many people, rain is bad news, but for the residents of drought-hit Cape Town in South Africa, it was cause for celebration. Winter rains have failed to arrive for three...
Police hunting for three men who stole up to £23m from armoured van after taking woman hostage
A manhunt has been launched for three men who stole up to £23 million from an armoured van in Switzerland, after taking the daughter of a security guard hostage. The 22-year-old...
US intelligence 'paid $100,000 to Russian man who claimed to have compromising info on Trump'
A Russian who offered US intelligence officials stolen cyberweapons and compromising material on Donald Trump took $100,000 (£72,000) but failed to provide any of the promised...
Crash involving Justin Trudeau's motorcade leaves at least one person injured
A crash involving Justin Trudeau's motorcade left a police officer requiring hospital treatment. Officials said the Canadian Prime Minister's vehicle was not involved and he was...
Israeli fighter jet shot down during large attack against targets in Syria
Israel has struck 12 Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, including an air defence system, the country's military has claimed. The raids, which mark a dramatic escalation of...
Russia warns its citizens against US 'hunt'
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning Thursday, saying that US intelligence services are on a "hunt" to detain Russian citizens traveling abroad. In the...
Poland to outlaw references to 'Polish death camps'
Poland's senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust. The...
Police in Indonesia detain transgender women and shave their heads
Police in Indonesia have detained 12 transgender women after raiding five beauty salons in Aceh province, cutting their hair and forcing them to wear men's clothes. According to...
Medical student names her murderer shortly before death
A man has been arrested after the murder of a student in Pakistan who was reportedly killed after turning down a marriage proposal. Asma Rani, a third-year medical student, was...
Three Israeli pilots say they would refuse to fly deported asylum seekers back to Africa against...
Three Israeli pilots have spoken out against the forced deportations of asylum seekers back to Africa, saying they would refuse to take control of planes involved the practice....
Rubbish on a Beirut beach shows Lebanon's waste crisis is far from over
A huge pile of rubbish has washed up onto a beach to the north of Beirut, prompting activists to claim that Lebanon's waste crisis is far from over. "Somebody needs to pay for...
Republican senator attacks Trump team as party turns on White House over stalemate
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has turned on Donald Trump's administration, blaming senior White House adviser Stephen Miller for the lack of progress towards ending the...
Pushback against authoritarian populism is working, human rights group says
Strong pushback against authoritarian populism in several countries, including France and Canada, has weakened its advance and is a cause for hope around the world, according to...

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