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.

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

'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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
Refugees find their voice through theatre
Inadequate provision of English classes and a lack of routes into work or study programmes are leaving many refugees in the UK isolated, according to new research by academics...
Translated fiction is not a genre. Why do bookshops tell us it is?
Translated fiction is not a genre. It is illogical and unhelpful to suggest otherwise.
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...

NEWS Articles

Germany's social democrats vote to start talks with Merkel's party
Germany's Social Democrats have given the green light for their party to enter preliminary coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's party in a vote that could trigger an...
Theresa May assassination plot suspect in court
A man who allegedly plotted to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared in court Wednesday charged with terrorism offenses. London based Naa'imur Zakariyah...
The far-fetched fixes for climate change
In the battle against climate change, efforts to reduce emissions of harmful gases like carbon dioxide have consumed most of the headlines. But many scientists say that simply...
150 sex assault cases in remote Norwegian region uncovered
More than 150 cases of alleged sexual assault have been uncovered in a remote region in northern Norway, according to a police report published Tuesday. The alleged crimes...
Meghan Markle intends to become UK citizen after marriage to Prince Harry
Meghan Markle intends to become a UK citizen, the British royal family has announced, confirming that the American actor's marriage to Prince Harry would take place at Windsor...
Rebel, soldier and activist: Prince Harry is not a traditional royal
He's no fan of the limelight. But Henry Charles Albert David Mountbatten-Windsor -- fifth in line to the British throne and better known as Prince Harry -- will have few places...
Meghan Markle: Who is Prince Harry's bride-to-be?
The rumor mill has been buzzing for months. The first whispers of a royal engagement made their way across social media and the British tabloids earlier this year and soon grew...
Merkel's party to meet with SPD to break German deadlock
Germany's Social Democrats will meet next week with Chancellor Angela Merkel's alliance in a bid to break the country's post-election political deadlock, President Frank-Walter...
Frank-Walter Steinmeier: Can Germany's 'anti-Trump' end Merkel's political crisis?
Just over a year ago, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was nominated for the job of German President. "My joy at the task is great," he said in an acceptance speech in Berlin. But not...
What next for Germany as Merkel myth implodes?
It was just before midnight on Sunday when Christian Lindner, leader of Germany's Free Democrats (FDP), made the stunning announcement that his party was pulling out of...
Merkel: New elections a 'better path' than minority government
Fresh elections in Germany appeared increasingly likely Monday evening after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she preferred a new vote over governing without a...
Germany paves way for recognition of 'third gender'
Germany's top court ruled Wednesday that lawmakers must legally recognize a "third gender" from birth. Once a law is passed, Germany would become the first European country to...
Nazi-era art dealer's hidden hoard on show for the first time
The discovery of over 1,400 works of art in a shabby apartment in Munich in 2012 stunned the world. The vast collection was uncovered in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son...

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