Judith Vonberg

Until October 2018 I worked as a freelance journalist on the digital news team in the London bureau of CNN International, where I began as an intern in January 2017. In early 2018, I also worked 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.

I also have a doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, which I received in 2017. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

I now work as a Communications Officer for Migrant Voice, a London-based charity that seeks to change the media narrative on migration by empowering migrants and refugees to tell their stories.

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She had no sanitary pads. No one knew and no one helped

Period poverty is often seen as a problem confined to developing countries. But recent surveys in the UK have exposed startling rates in one of the world's richest countries,...


Branded cheats and threatened with deportation, these students are fighting back

Four years ago, thousands of foreigners living in the UK, many of them students, began receiving letters ordering them to leave the country or face deportation.


Three years on the front lines of Europe's migration crisis

On World Refugee Day, 25.4 million people find themselves forcibly displaced and living in another country, more than double the population of Belgium.


'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...


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.


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...



Why Angela Merkel is no longer the 'refugee chancellor'

In late summer 2015, as tens of thousands of refugees were arriving on Europe's shores, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made two decisions that would define her tenure.


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...


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...


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...

Migrants' Rights Network

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...



Alternative literature prize to be given in absence of scandal-hit Nobel

Five months ago, the Swedish Academy, a prestigious cultural institution patronized by the King of Sweden, announced that this year's Nobel Prize in Literature would be...

CNN International

Branded cheats, they're fighting back

The UK Home Office is under fire for revoking the visas of tens of thousands of foreigners after it accused them of cheating in an English language test.