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



Cars turn to molten metal as Greek wildfires wipe villages off the map

Dried pools of molten aluminum dot the charred roads of a small Greek village ravaged by fire this week. The flames were so hot that cars in their path began to melt, metal...


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...


'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...


First day on the job: Meet Germany's new far-right politicians

Germany's 709 members of parliament are gathering Tuesday for the first time since federal elections exactly one month ago. All eyes will be on the 92 lawmakers representing...

International news


Skripal suspect was high-ranking military officer, says investigative website

UK investigative website Bellingcat claims to have identified one of the men accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as a highly decorated officer in the Russian...


Journalist calling for press freedom ejected from news conference

A man calling for freedom of the press and the release of journalists held in Turkey was removed by security from a news conference between Turkish President Recep Tayyip...


Pope: Church has lost credibility over abuse scandal

Pope Francis told a crowd of young people in the Estonian capital Tallinn on Tuesday that he understood that many of them were "upset" by the sexual abuse scandals rocking the...


Austrian journalist formally arrested in Turkey, lawyer says

An Austrian journalist who was detained in Turkey 10 days ago has been formally arrested along with two Turkish citizens on political charges, their lawyer says.


Woman prosecuted over abortion pills appeals

A court in Northern Ireland will hear a landmark abortion case Thursday as a woman appeals the decision to prosecute her for buying abortion pills for her 15-year-old daughter...


Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov was probably poisoned, German medics say

German doctors say there is a "high plausibility" that a member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, who was taken ill in Russia last week, was poisoned.


Soon-Yi Previn defends Woody Allen, accuses Mia Farrow of abuse

Soon-Yi Previn has broken her silence to defend husband Woody Allen against allegations of molestation and to accuse her adopted mother Mia Farrow of abusing her emotionally and...


China says Sweden violated tourists' human rights

A disagreement between a group of Chinese tourists and a hostel in the Swedish capital has escalated into a diplomatic spat, with China accusing Sweden of violating the...


Pope Francis slammed by victims over sexual abuse scandal

Pope Francis will meet with US bishops Thursday amid growing pressure over his handling of the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church.


Austrian journalist detained in Turkey, magazines say

An Austrian journalist was detained by police in the Turkish capital of Ankara early Tuesday, according to several magazines to which he has contributed.


Cranberries singer died from drowning while drunk, inquest hears

Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, died in January by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court heard...


Dozens of elephant carcasses found in Botswana

Almost 90 elephant carcasses have been found during a survey of elephant populations in northern Botswana, revealing "unprecedented" levels of poaching in the country, according...


Pope: Meeting abuse survivors had 'profound effect' on me

Pope Francis said Wednesday that his meeting in Ireland with eight people who suffered sex abuse by clerics left a "profound mark" on him.


All sides in Yemen conflict could be guilty of war crimes, says UN

Parties fighting a brutal civil war in Yemen have conducted attacks that were "disproportionate" and could be considered war crimes, a United Nations panel of experts announced...


Trump sought Israel's help to free American pastor in Turkey

The US President asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to assist in the release of an American pastor detained in Turkey, Israeli and US officials tell CNN.