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.

United Kingdom

Portfolio

CNN

The mammal that can survive without oxygen

The naked mole rat is already known to be cold-blooded, resistant to cancer and feeling pain, and can live ten times longer than a mouse. The animal is alsoone of the...

CNN

World's oldest microfossils found, study says

The discovery comprises tiny filaments and tubes formed by bacteria that lived on iron, according to a statement released Wednesday by University College London. They were found...

CNN

Can more fruit and veg make you live longer?

The study, by Imperial College London, says consuming 10 portions per day, or about 800g, could prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide. The World Health...

NEWS Articles

Opinion

Refugees Deeply

British Volunteer Hosts Welcome Refugees Into Their Homes and Lives

Amid a hostile climate for refugees in the U.K., ordinary citizens are plugging gaps in the asylum system. Judith Vonberg reports on Refugees at Home, a volunteer initiative...

Medium

"A sinking ship with not enough lifeboats": London citizens call for urgent action on child...

Around 150 people gathered outside the Home Office yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the first so-called "Dubs children" and to urge leaders of government and local councils...

Refugees Deeply

Why We Need a Supranational Approach at the U.N. Migration Summit

As part of our "The Road to UNGA" series, migrant rights advocate Judith Vonberg writes that the upcoming U.N. summit, already backsliding on promises to resettle refugees,...

Medium

The referendum: A choice between taking our country back and taking it forwards?

Thursday’s vote presents us with two visions of our country. The Leave campaign offers us an anti-immigration, nostalgia driven fantasy while Remain, in its more inspiring...

New Statesman

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.

Migrants' Rights Network

The New Keywords Project: A timely intervention in the debate around migration and refugee...

The New Keywords Collective Project was launched in 2015 as a series of collaborative essays on key words or topic areas related to the current debate about migration and...

The Guardian

'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...

The Huffington Post UK

Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive

As an Oxford graduate educated in a comprehensive school, I am dismayed at the idea of abandoning the selection criteria at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Academic standards...

The Huffington Post UK

Theresa May's Hierarchy of Asylum Is Divisive, Inhumane and Ill-informed

There were more than a few inflammatory points in Theresa May's speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday. One such moment came when she addressed how Britain deals...

RtR Blog

Germany's suspension of the Dublin Protocol: a welcome display of European and global solidarity

Germany seems to have grasped two facts that continue to elude many other national governments across Europe, or are perhaps being wilfully ignored. First, that the European...

New Left Project

The Kindertransport and Syrian Resettlement: British Refugee Policy in 1938 and Today

Two speeches in the House of Commons, seventy-five years apart, express the same aspiration to an idea of Britain as welcoming and compassionate, a refuge for those fleeing...

Blogs and Reviews

European Literature Network

Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch on the past, present and future of German literature in...

It's hard not to envy the staff at the Hachette publishing group who have their offices in the London headquarters. The views from the light-filled, top-floor café in this glass...

European Literature Network

#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews KINGDOM OF TWILIGHT by Steven Uhly

"In truth, there are no superhumans or subhumans," thinks Anna, one of the central characters in Steven Uhly's epic novel, Kingdom of Twilight. Even Sturmbannführer Josef...