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.

Since June 2017, I have been a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This has 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

London theaters react to Kevin Spacey allegation
A London theater where Kevin Spacey was artistic director for 11 years invited people to contact them confidentially with any complaints on Tuesday, amid a growing outcry over a...
Syrian teenager plotted bomb attack in Germany, police say
A Syrian teenager has been arrested in Germany on suspicion of planning an attack using powerful explosives, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor said Tuesday. The...
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...
Sky turns orange across UK
he sky turned orange across parts of the UK on Monday as dust and smoke from fires in southern Europe swept north. The reddish tint was a side effect of the remnants of...
More than 30 dead in wildfires in Portugal and Spain
At least 39 people have been killed by wildfires in Portugal and Spain, officials from both countries said Monday. In Portugal, where 36 people are confirmed dead, more than...
Austria's election: What you need to know
Voters in Austria are casting their ballots in a snap election that could put young conservative Sebastian Kurz at the helm of the nation in a coalition with the country's far...
Merkel changes tune on German refugee cap
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has agreed to aim for a limit on Germany's refugee intake, marking a significant retreat from her previous rejection of a cap. Merkel made the...
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded for cryo-electron microsopy
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their pioneering work developing new methods of visualising biomolecules, such as the Zika virus.
German president: New walls have gone up
Germany's president Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of the fractures in its society -- highlighted by the electoral success of the far-right party Alternative for Germany...
Far-right party enters German parliament
The co-founder of the first far-right party to win seats in Germany's parliament in almost 60 years has declared that it is ready to "take back our country and our people."...
Germans go to the polls in federal election
German voters are going to the polls to choose a government -- and a Chancellor -- for the next four years. The election could see incumbent Angela Merkel from the Christian...
Turkey accuses German politicians of 'bowing down to populism'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her election rival Martin Schulz of "bowing down to populism and prejudice" after both...
Merkel and Schulz spar over North Korea, refugees
German Chancellor Angela Merkel traded blows with her election rival, Martin Schulz, in a live TV debate Sunday night, three weeks before the country's federal election. The...
Merkel warns Turkey over imprisoned German citizens
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded the release of German citizens detained in Turkey, describing their imprisonment as "unjustified" on Tuesday. Relations between...
Germany: Turkey may be using Interpol to hunt down political opponents
Turkey may be using the multinational police organization Interpol to hunt down political opponents of the country's president abroad, a German government spokesman said Monday....
German party says 'take country back', posts pic of wrong country
It's an embarrassing error for any political party to make, let alone a nationalist one. On Monday, a branch of Germany's far-right AfD (Alternatives for Germany) tweeted a...
Turkey arrests 'threaten everyone,' says activist's partner
It was the evening of July 5 and Magdalena Freudenschuss hadn't heard from her partner all day. That was unusual, so she was worried. Peter Steudtner, a human rights trainer,...
German girl who allegedly joined ISIS may be tried in Iraq
Linda Wenzel, a schoolgirl from the town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, was one of at least five foreign women captured by Iraqi forces sweeping the old city of Mosul after the...
This is why Germany's traffic lights are better
The typical walking figure -- found on lights across the country -- could be replaced with a miner, complete with lamp and safety helmet. Regional news website "Der Westen"...
Teen behind hijab emoji: 'I wanted an emoji of me'
Headscarf-wearing women now have an emoji of their own, thanks to a 16-year-old Saudi girl. Rayouf Alhumedhi, who now lives in Vienna, proposed the idea last year to The Unicode...
Merkel rules out refugee limit in Germany
"On the issue of an upper limit, my position is clear," Merkel said in an interview broadcast live on Germany's ARD on Sunday. "I won't accept one." Merkel will need the support...
Rare Enigma machine fetches 45,000 euros at auction
The collector who put the machine up for sale at the Artmark auction house in Bucharest, Romania, had spotted it at a flea market in the city and bought it for just 100 euros...
Hamburg to hold free concert for G20 officers
The Hamburg concert hall that hosted Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, and Vladimir Putin last week will open its doors for free on Thursday to some of the 20,000 German police...
UK university proposes post-Brexit campus in Germany
King's College London (KCL) has worked closely with TU Dresden -- a technical university in eastern Germany -- for many years. But the relationship could now become even closer...
German lawmakers vote to legalize same-sex marriage
The bill gives homosexual couples in Germany the same rights as heterosexual couples, and will allow same-sex couples to marry and jointly adopt children.It passed by 393 votes...
Snap vote: German lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage
German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that...
Germany: Erdogan guards not welcome after DC brawl
The announcement comes ahead of the G20 summit in Germany next week, which Erdogan is expected to attend. Turkish security officials -- including some of Erdogan's personal...
Survey shows youth vote surge in UK election
An estimated 64% of registered 18- to 24-year-olds turned out to vote, compared to 43% two years ago. And over 60% of them voted for the opposition Labour party. Predictions of...
Court grants last-minute reprieve to sick baby
Ten-month-old Charlie Gard was due to have his life support switched off at the end of the day Tuesday after his parents lost a Supreme Court appeal in the UK last week. After...
Bernie Sanders has praise for UK alter-ego
At the first event on his whirlwind speaking tour of the UK Thursday, Bernie Sanders had nothing but praise for Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing leader of the UK's Labour Party,...

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