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.

Portfolio

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...
New footage shows Kim Jong Un holding court inside train
Those rumors were later confirmed and pictures began to emerge showing Kim on his first foreign trip since assuming power in 2011, meeting with China's President Xi Jinping and...
Two Spaniards arrested over smuggling of ISIS-looted artifacts
Authorities there believe this to be the first ever police operation against the financing of terrorism through the looting of art. The suspects, both 31-year-old Spanish...
China Air Force drill causes Taiwan to scramble jets
Jets from Taiwan were sent to shadow Chinese air force fighter jets flying through the Bashi Channel just south of the island on Monday, according to Taiwan's defence ministry,...
America's oldest gunmaker has just filed for bankruptcy
After more than 200 years in business, America's oldest gunmaker has fil ed for b ankruptcy. Remington Outdoor Company 's chief financial officer, Stephen Jackson, said the...
'Revenge rape' ordered on sister of suspected rapist in Pakistan to reconcile row between two...
Police in Pakistan have arrested 12 people for allegedly ordering a man to rape a girl as revenge for the rape of his sister. Following the attack, the family of suspected...
Picture of shooting survivor doctored to give her broader nose and show her ripping up Constitution
Doctored images showing Florida school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez ripping up the US constitution are being shared on social media. The original image featured the teenager...
Republican who called Florida school shooting survivor 'skinhead lesbian' quits race
A Republican candidate who called one victim of the Florida school shooting a "skinhead lesbian" and referred to another as "bald-faced liar" has quit the race for the Maine...
Trump lawyers seek $20m from Stormy Daniels
A law firm representing President Donald Trump and the corporation owned by Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, have claimed porn star Stormy Daniels could owe more...
Police release picture of Sergei Skripal's car as search for witnesses intensifies
Police have released an image of Sergei Skripal's car as they launch a fresh appeal for witnesses in the poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter, Yulia. The...
UK police 'contact Russian exiles over safety'
Police are reportedly contacting a number of Russian exiles in the UK to discuss their safety less than a day after the police opened a murder investigation into the death of...
Russia expels 23 British diplomats
Russia has announced it will expel 23 British diplomats in a like-for-like retaliation to British measures announced on Wednesday after the UK government blamed Russia for the...
Slovaks take to streets as PM's resignation fails to stifle anger
Thousands of people gathered in Slovakia's capital city Friday night to protest against the government and pay tribute to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak. Prime Minister...
As thousands flee assaults in Syria, rebels won't let others out
Thousands of people continued to flee from battlegrounds in northern and southern Syria on Friday amid reports that rebels in a Damascus suburb were preventing some residents...
British police launch murder inquiry into Russian exile's death
A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov following the results of a postmortem exam, British police said in a statement on...
Trump: Russia likely poisoned ex-spy, 'based on all the evidence'
US President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that he believes the British government's theory that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian...
Pilot called for help moments before fatal New York helicopter crash
The sole survivor of the helicopter flight that ended in tragedy in New York's East River on Sunday night radioed for help shortly before the aircraft went down. "Mayday,...
Five killed in New York City helicopter crash
Federal investigators headed to New York on Monday after a helicopter crashed into the city's East River on Sunday evening, killing five people. Of the six people on board, only...
'If women stop, the world stops:' Women down tools for 'feminist strike'
Thousands of women are downing tools, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets in countries around the world as part of a global strike on International Women's Day....
Vatican's third-highest ranking official in court over historical sexual abuse charges
The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse has appeared in an Australian court for a hearing that will determine whether he will face a full trial by...
Trump's US state department 'granted $120m to fight Russian interference but has spent $0'
The US State Department has yet to spend any of the $120m allocated to counter election meddling by foreign powers since late 2016, according to a report by the New York Times....

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