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.

United Kingdom


The Independent

Man dies at party after being shot in chest while wearing bulletproof vest

A man wearing a bulletproof vest died after he was shot in the chest by a friend at a party. Jason Griffin, a friend of the victim whose name has not been released, has been...

The Independent

Ban on child marriage in Kentucky delayed after opposition from conservative group

Politicians in Kentucky are stepping up their fight to end child marriage in the state after a planned vote on the matter was postponed because of opposition from a conservative...


Europe shivers as 'Beast' meets Storm Emma

The UK and parts of mainland Europe are struggling through another day of harsh winter weather, as Storm Emma collides with this week's cold snap, nicknamed the "Beast from the...


Meghan Markle to 'hit ground running' for UK women

Prince Harry's bride-to-be Meghan Markle has said she will "hit the ground running" in her work to empower girls and women in the UK. Her appearance at the Make a Difference...


Jennifer Lawrence: I was treated 'in a way that now we would call abusive'

Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence has added her voice to the #MeToo debate, saying she had been treated "in a way that I think now we would call abusive." The star of...

The Independent

Florida school shooting survivor pleads with Melania: Stop Donald Jr cyberbullying me

A 14-year-old survivor of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has publicly accused First Lady Melania Trump of failing to stop her stepson, Donald Trump Jr, from bullying...

The Independent

Indian state offering free breast implants to the poor

Cosmetic surgery including breast implants is to be made available free of charge to residents of a state in south India. Tamil Nadu's health minister, C Vijaya Baskar, launched...

The Independent

Execution in US prison abandoned after medics 'repeatedly jab inmate with needle'

An attempted execution in Alabama was halted after medical personnel repeatedly jabbed the death row inmate in the ankles, lower legs and groin but failed to find a usable vein,...

The Independent

A new plan could see France becoming home to 500 wolves by 2023

A plan to protect wolves in France could see their population swell to 500 in the next five years. The proposal - which would increase the number of wolves by around 40 per cent...

The Independent

Iceland to become first European country to ban circumcision

Religious leaders have reacted with outrage to a bill proposed by MPs in Iceland that would criminalise male circumcision. The bill proposes a six-year prison term for anyone...

The Independent

Man shares powerful post as he hands in his AR-57 rifle following Florida school shooting

Horrified by the school shooting in his state last week, Florida gun owner Ben Dickmann decided to take action, handing in his rifle to the local sheriff's office. "I will be...

The Independent

Cape Town residents rejoice as rain finally falls

For many people, rain is bad news, but for the residents of drought-hit Cape Town in South Africa, it was cause for celebration. Winter rains have failed to arrive for three...

The Independent

Police hunting for three men who stole up to £23m from armoured van after taking woman hostage

A manhunt has been launched for three men who stole up to £23 million from an armoured van in Switzerland, after taking the daughter of a security guard hostage. The 22-year-old...

The Independent

US intelligence 'paid $100,000 to Russian man who claimed to have compromising info on Trump'

A Russian who offered US intelligence officials stolen cyberweapons and compromising material on Donald Trump took $100,000 (£72,000) but failed to provide any of the promised...

The Independent

Crash involving Justin Trudeau's motorcade leaves at least one person injured

A crash involving Justin Trudeau's motorcade left a police officer requiring hospital treatment. Officials said the Canadian Prime Minister's vehicle was not involved and he was...

The Independent

Israeli fighter jet shot down during large attack against targets in Syria

Israel has struck 12 Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, including an air defence system, the country's military has claimed. The raids, which mark a dramatic escalation of...


Russia warns its citizens against US 'hunt'

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning Thursday, saying that US intelligence services are on a "hunt" to detain Russian citizens traveling abroad. In the...


Poland to outlaw references to 'Polish death camps'

Poland's senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust. The...

The Independent

Police in Indonesia detain transgender women and shave their heads

Police in Indonesia have detained 12 transgender women after raiding five beauty salons in Aceh province, cutting their hair and forcing them to wear men's clothes. According to...

The Independent

Medical student names her murderer shortly before death

A man has been arrested after the murder of a student in Pakistan who was reportedly killed after turning down a marriage proposal. Asma Rani, a third-year medical student, was...