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


Literaturhaus Europa

Variations on a Theme

There’s an unusual series of events happening at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London. I was there for the first one. Sitting in a large white-walled room, its vast windows...

Literaturhaus Europa

Bestselling fiction across Europe in 2015

It’s the time of year for lists and there are plenty of them telling us which were the best books of 2015. But what about the books that everyone was reading? Which novels were...

European Literature Network

#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews SWALLOW SUMMER by Larissa Boehning

Boehning offers little hope that her characters will find solace. They try to connect with the people around them and find acceptance, but their attempts to communicate are...

Literaturhaus Europa

Love at First Sight: British Crime Fiction and the Germans

For two days at the end of January, ‘Brit Crime’ took over the Humboldt University in Berlin. It was the British Council’s annual literature seminar, bringing together...

Literaturhaus Europa

Kafka's 'The Trial' at The Young Vic: A sexed-up parable of modernity

Hustled along seemingly interminable walkways and shunted onto escalators by the crush of city commuters, the air heavy with heat, increasingly doubtful that I would ever reach...

European Literature Network

‪#‎RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews LAKELAND by Maureen O'Shaughnessy

Published by Ginninderra Press (Australia) The epigraph to comes from Eva Hoffman's meditation on the Holocaust, After Such Knowledge : 'Stand too close to horror, and you get...