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.

United Kingdom



British-Iranian academic Abbas Edalat arrested in Iran

Abbas Edalat, an award-winning professor of computer science and mathematics, was arrested on Thursday, FARS reported. He is accused of being part of a British-affiliated...


Harry picks Prince William as best man

The Palace said that Prince William is "honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th."...


British singer says BBC 'smeared' his reputation

The 77-year-old entertainer is suing the national broadcaster over coverage of a police search at his home in August 2014, which took place after a sexual assault allegation....


UK intel: Russia tested nerve agent on door handles before Skripal attack

In a letter to the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, UK national security adviser Mark Sedwill says there is "no plausible alternative explanation" for the attack in...


Yulia Skripal rejects cousin, Russian offers of help

Yulia Skripal, one of the victims of the nerve agent attack in the English city of Salisbury in March, has told her cousin to stay out of her and her father's affairs and told...


Trump and Obama will not attend royal wedding

Kensington Palace announced on Tuesday that the royal couple would not be inviting political leaders to the event, at least not on the basis of their official position. Which...


Prince Harry, Meghan Markle request charity donations over gifts

The seven chosen charities "represent a range of issues that they are passionate about," the Palace said in a statement, including women's empowerment, HIV, homelessness and the...


Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal 'no longer critical'

Christine Blanshard, medical director at Salisbury District Hospital, said Skripal, 66, was responding well to treatment. The news comes a day after Skripal's daughter Yulia,...


Spy's pets dead after nerve agent attack

The two guinea pigs were found dead in Skripal's house some time after the attack, apparently from dehydration, and a cat was put down after being discovered in a "distressed"...


Tobias Menzies to play Prince Philip in 'The Crown'

Tobias Menzies, best known for his roles in the television series "Game of Thrones" and "Outlander," will take over from Matt Smith, Netflix announced Wednesday. Menzies will...


Trump to Toblerone: How Britain googles Brexit

From requests for "brexit news" to queries about the future of Marmite and Toblerone in post-Brexit Britain, their searches have ranged from the predictable to the somewhat...


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Northern Ireland

The couple, who will wed on May 19, attended an event celebrating a youth-led peace-building initiative launched by Prince Harry last year before visiting a historic liquor...

The Independent

Judi Dench, Paloma Faith and Andy Murray urge Theresa May to end animal fur imports

Dame Judi Dench, Paloma Faith and Andy Murray are among more than 30 celebrities urging Theresa May to introduce a UK ban on animal fur imports after Brexit. Fur farming has...

The Independent

Teenager jailed for 10 and a half years for acid attack spree in London

A 17-year-old boy has been jailed for 10 and a half years for carrying out a spate of "despicable" acid attacks one evening last summer. Derryck John, from Croydon, south...

The Independent

It's about to get really cold again

Parts of Britain are bracing for another week of disruptive weather as heavy rain and gale-force winds could give way to another cold snap by the weekend. Southwest and western...

The Independent

Parliament forced to address Grenfell after Stormzy pushes petition to over 100,000 signatures

A petition calling on Theresa May to take action to build trust in the Grenfell Tower inquiry has reached a landmark 100,000 signatures, meaning parliament must now consider...


British man who fought ISIS charged with terror offenses

A British man has been indicted on terror charges for fighting against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. It is the first time someone who fought against the jihadist group has been...

The Independent

UK could face legal action if they fail to make progress on reducing air pollution

Nine European countries including the UK could face legal action if they fail to make progress on reducing air pollution, the EU's top environment official has warned. The...

The Independent

Seventh Bristol university student takes own life in just 18 months

A Canadian man is believed to have become the seventh student at Bristol University to take their own life in just 18-months. Justin Cheng, who was in the third year of his law...

The Independent

Athletes call for end to 'outdated' gender inequality in cross country races

Athletes in England are coming together to tackle what they see as gender inequality in cross country running. Although men and women usually run the same distances on the track...