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.

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Iraqi asylum-seeker wanted over murder of girl, 14, in Germany

German police have issued an international arrest warrant for an Iraqi asylum-seeker suspected of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in western Germany, the prosecutor's...


Putin speaks to Trump regularly, denies trying to divide Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and US President Donald Trump "regularly talk over the phone" and that the pair work well together in the fight against international...


At least 100 killed in year's deadliest migrant disaster

At least 100 people are believed to have died after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Tunisia on Saturday, the highest death toll in any single migration attempt...


US envoy to Germany provokes backlash in interview

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have criticized US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell for giving an interview to far-right news platform Breitbart in which he said...


Netanyahu starts European tour to persuade leaders to quit Iran deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a three-day trip to persuade the leaders of Germany, France and the UK to quit the Iran nuclear deal, meeting Chancellor...


New prime minister sworn in to lead populist Italian government

A law professor who has never held political office was sworn in as Italy's new Prime Minister on Friday afternoon, bringing to power a populist new government whose senior...


Italy to be led by populist, euroskeptic government

In a remarkable case of political deja vu, Italy's President has appointed Giuseppe Conte, a law professor and political novice, as the country's new prime minister, the...


'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears on Ukrainian TV

A Russian journalist and critic of the Kremlin, reported to have been shot dead in Ukraine, showed up alive at a press conference on Wednesday to declare that his murder was...


Erdogan calls Jerusalem US Embassy move 'huge mistake'

Speaking exclusively to CNN in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan said that there was "nothing to gain" by the move and urged the US to reverse the decision while there was still time...


Armenia protest leader Nikol Pashinyan elected prime minister

Thousands of Pashinyan's supporters, who had gathered in a central square in the capital, Yerevan, to watch the vote on large screens, erupted into cheers when the result was...


Nobel Prize in Literature postponed after sex scandal

The academy, one of Sweden's most respected institutions, made the announcement Friday morning following a meeting of its remaining active members Thursday evening. "We find it...


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...


Abbasolute scandal: Swedish meatballs are really Turkish

In a declaration that has shocked the country's culinary aficionados, Sweden's official Twitter account has suggested the dish may have originated in Turkey. "Swedish meatballs...


Brazil fire: Sao Paulo building consumed in deadly blaze

The dramatic fire broke out on the fifth floor of the 26-story building, which collapsed in a fireball an hour and a half later, according to the Brazilian Civil Defense. Seven...


Police to dig up German riverbank in search for toddler who disappeared in 1981

Katrice Lee went missing from a shopping center in the city of Paderborn on November 28, 1981, her second birthday, the army said in a statement. She was out with her mother...


America's second 'princess': Why Meghan Markle is a modern Grace Kelly

On April 4, 1956, hundreds of journalists gathered at New York's waterfront to catch a glimpse of Grace Kelly as the Oscar-winning actress boarded the ocean liner that would...


South Korean leader suggests Trump deserves Nobel for role in talks

A former South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung, won the prize in 2000 for his role in setting up a previous summit with North Korea, and his widow suggested Monday that Moon...


The mystery of the missing White House tree has been solved

Rumors swirled after a picture taken by Reuters photographer Yuri Gripas appeared to show a yellow spot on the South Lawn of the White House where the tree had previously stood....


Inventor Peter Madsen given life sentence for Kim Wall murder

Madsen was found guilty on all three charges he faced: premeditated murder, the indecent handling of a corpse and "sexual relations other than intercourse of a particularly...


Syrian regime 'highly likely' to blame for chemical attack, UK says

British Prime Minister Theresa May's senior ministers agreed on the need for action at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, but Downing Street did not specify what measures the UK...