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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'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...

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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.


British-Iranian woman accused of spying returns to prison in Iran

A British-Iranian woman who has been imprisoned in Tehran since 2016 on spying charges returned to prison on Sunday, just three days after she was temporarily released.


Spain paves way to move Franco's remains

The Spanish cabinet approved a decree that would allow former dictator Francisco Franco's remains to be removed from the memorial where they have lain since he died in 1975.


British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran temporarily released

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran since 2016 on spying charges, has been temporarily released, the Free Nazanin campaign said in a...


Iran unveils 'first domestically manufactured' fighter jet

Iran unveiled what it described as the country's "first domestically manufactured" fighter jet Tuesday, state-run Press TV reported.


At least 10 dead in Italy flooding

At least 10 people died Monday in flooding caused by heavy rain in the southern Italian region of Calabria, a spokesman for the Italian Civil Protection told CNN.


Sea turns red with blood after whale hunt in Faroe Islands

Images of a whale hunt in the Faroe Islands 200 miles north of Scotland have sparked renewed anger from conservationists and animal activists.