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



'Sciatica' caused EU's Jean-Claude Juncker to stumble at NATO gala

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was suffering from a an "attack of sciatica" at a NATO gala, causing him to stumble, according to a spokesman.


Former Catalan leader can be extradited, German court rules

A German court has ruled that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont can be extradited to Spain on a corruption charge.


After NATO meeting, Macron rejected Trump's claim on defense spending

French President Emmanuel Macron has rejected a claim by US President Donald Trump that NATO allies had agreed to increase defense spending "at levels that they never thought of...


Thai cave rescue suspended for the day after four more boys freed

The second day of rescue operations at the cave site in northern Thailand ended after four more boys were brought out of the flooded cave system on Monday.


Former Pakistan PM sentenced to ten years in prison

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and handed an £8 million ($10.5 million) fine over corruption charges related to his...


At least 270,000 Syrians flee latest deadly regime offensive

At least 270,000 Syrians have fled their homes in southwest Syria since the government launched an offensive against rebels over two weeks ago, according to the UN Refugee Agency.


Migrant rescue ship to dock in Malta after being stranded for five days

A search-and-rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean since Friday with 233 migrants on board will finally dock in Malta, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.


Israel warns Hamas as tensions escalate over Gaza rockets and incendiary kites

In one of the biggest exchanges of fire between the two sides in years, militants in Gaza launched some 45 rockets toward Israel early Wednesday morning, prompting retaliatory...


Hungary's 'Stop Soros' law makes it illegal to help migrants

Migrant and refugee organizations in Hungary are facing an uncertain future after the passage of legislation that criminalizes helping undocumented immigrants.


Sebastian Kurz walks a 'thin red line' in Europe

As Angela Merkel faces a rebellion within her own government, Sebastian Kurz's star is on the rise. That's cause for celebration for hardline conservatives, but what his rule...


French police cut soles from shoes of child migrants, report says

Child migrants are being abused, detained and returned to Italy illegally by French police, according to a report published Friday by Oxfam.


Man at center of Nobel Prize sexual harassment scandal charged with rape

The French photographer at the center of a sexual harassment scandal that forced the postponement of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature has been charged with two counts of...


629 migrants stranded as Italy's populists refuse to let ship dock

Spain announced Monday that it would allow a ship carrying hundreds of migrants to dock in Valencia after Italy's new populist government turned the boat away in a move...


Poland's top judge defies law forcing her removal

The head of Poland's Supreme Court, Małgorzata Gersdorf, defied a new law that has escalated tensions between the EU and Poland's government.


Pope criticizes Trump administration over family separations

Pope Francis has added his voice to the criticism over the Trump administration's practice of separating migrant families. "It's not easy, but populism is not the solution."


Albert Einstein railed against racism. Now, his travel diaries reveal he had a racist streak

Travel logs written by famed physicist and anti-racism campaigner Albert Einstein reveal that the scientist held some racist and xenophobic views.


Spain offers to take in migrant ship after Italy turns it away

Spain says it will allow a ship carrying hundreds of migrants to dock in Valencia after Italy's populist government turned the boat away in a move described as "unprecedented."


Iraqi migrant wanted for murder of German teen caught

An Iraqi migrant suspected of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in western Germany was arrested by Kurdish forces in Iraq one day after German police issued an...


Austria to close seven mosques, expel imams

Austria's right-wing government plans to shut down seven mosques and expel up to 60 imams in what it described as "just the beginning" of a crackdown on "political Islam" and...


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...