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.

From June to September 2017, I was a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This 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

'We can't just stop breathing': A global scandal, made in Germany
A piece of gray pipe hangs among the potted plants on Susanne Jallow's apartment balcony. Hidden inside the nondescript tube is a tiny computer, seven cables and a particle...
'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

Erdogan calls Jerusalem US Embassy move 'huge mistake'
Speaking exclusively to CNN in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan said that there was "nothing to gain" by the move and urged the US to reverse the decision while there was still time...
Armenia protest leader Nikol Pashinyan elected prime minister
Thousands of Pashinyan's supporters, who had gathered in a central square in the capital, Yerevan, to watch the vote on large screens, erupted into cheers when the result was...
Nobel Prize in Literature postponed after sex scandal
The academy, one of Sweden's most respected institutions, made the announcement Friday morning following a meeting of its remaining active members Thursday evening. "We find it...
Nobel Prize for Literature in jeopardy over sex scandal
In recent weeks, six members of the Swedish Academy -- one of Sweden's most highly respected cultural bodies -- have stepped down, including the head of the institution, Sara...
Abbasolute scandal: Swedish meatballs are really Turkish
In a declaration that has shocked the country's culinary aficionados, Sweden's official Twitter account has suggested the dish may have originated in Turkey. "Swedish meatballs...
Brazil fire: Sao Paulo building consumed in deadly blaze
The dramatic fire broke out on the fifth floor of the 26-story building, which collapsed in a fireball an hour and a half later, according to the Brazilian Civil Defense. Seven...
Police to dig up German riverbank in search for toddler who disappeared in 1981
Katrice Lee went missing from a shopping center in the city of Paderborn on November 28, 1981, her second birthday, the army said in a statement. She was out with her mother...
America's second 'princess': Why Meghan Markle is a modern Grace Kelly
On April 4, 1956, hundreds of journalists gathered at New York's waterfront to catch a glimpse of Grace Kelly as the Oscar-winning actress boarded the ocean liner that would...
South Korean leader suggests Trump deserves Nobel for role in talks
A former South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung, won the prize in 2000 for his role in setting up a previous summit with North Korea, and his widow suggested Monday that Moon...
The mystery of the missing White House tree has been solved
Rumors swirled after a picture taken by Reuters photographer Yuri Gripas appeared to show a yellow spot on the South Lawn of the White House where the tree had previously stood....
Inventor Peter Madsen given life sentence for Kim Wall murder
Madsen was found guilty on all three charges he faced: premeditated murder, the indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly...
Syrian regime 'highly likely' to blame for chemical attack, UK says
British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the UK...
New footage shows Kim Jong Un holding court inside train
Those rumors were later confirmed and pictures began to emerge showing Kim on his first foreign trip since assuming power in 2011, meeting with China's President Xi Jinping and...

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