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

UK lawmakers debate Libya slave auction footage
Chris Law, MP for Dundee West, described the crimes as "violations of human rights and human dignity that are on an unthinkable scale." "They have no place in our world," he...
Homeless man steals $350,000 from Paris airport
A homeless man stole 300,000 euros ($353,000) from an unlocked room in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday. The money was taken from an office belonging to cash-handling...
150 sex assault cases in remote Norwegian region uncovered
More than 150 cases of alleged sexual assault have been uncovered in a remote region in northern Norway, according to a police report published Tuesday. The alleged crimes...
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...
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...
Macron to Trump: 'Make our planet great again'
New French President Emmanuel Macron trolled President Trump in a televised speech Thursday, condemning the US leader's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement...
A record number of French voted for nobody
But Macron's mandate may not be as overwhelming as it seems. A record number of French voters were so dismayed by their options that they either skipped the election or cast...
47,155 arrests: Turkey's post-coup crackdown by the numbers
Nine months on from the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, authorities continue to detain and arrest people who, they say, are linked to the attempted uprising. According to...
Bana Alabed, 7-year-old Syrian girl, to publish memoir
In "Dear World," to be published by Simon & Schuster, Bana will describe her experiences in Syria and how she and her family are adapting to their new life in Turkey. She took...
Malala named youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace
The 19-year-old Pakistani activist became known around the world after she was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban on her way home from school in 2012. She narrowly escaped...
Sweden truck attack: Live updates
A truck has driven into pedestrians on a street in the country's capital, Stockholm, according to police. At least two people have been killed. Live updates.
So bad they're good: Museum showcases failures
They are all considered innovation flops -- and they will all go on display at Sweden's new Museum of Failure. Innovation researcher -- and failure obsessive -- Samuel West is...
Dutch men hold hands in solidarity with couple
From New York to London, and from Canberra to Amsterdam, famous figures and ordinary Dutch citizens have been posting images of themselves on social media with the hashtag...
'Piggy Bank' turtle dies after surgery
The green sea turtle nicknamed "Piggy Bank" has died after vets in Thailand removed 915 coins from her stomach earlier this month. The coins were good luck pennies thrown into...
Wannabe Dutch MPs: Lawyer to school dropout
From a high school dropout to a top lawyer, here are some of the men and women hoping to lower the average age of Dutch MPs a little by earning a spot in the House this week....
Boy finds WWII plane with pilot's remains in cockpit
Daniel Kristiansen and his father, Klaus, discovered what's believed to be a Messerschmitt fighter plane buried in a field on their farm near Birkelse in northern Denmark. "We...
Melbourne's 'female' pedestrian lights spark backlash
The standard red and green "men" have been replaced with "female" figures as part of an Equal Crossings initiative which launches this week, according to CNN affiliate 7 News....
'Women must earn less than men,' Polish politician says
The European Parliament has launched a hate speech investigation into a Polish politician after he stated that "women must earn less than men, because they are weaker, they are...
Tech site commenters must pass test before posting
How often do you read a headline online and race to the comment section, desperate to vent? It may be natural to many, but it's exactly the type of behavior that NRKbeta, the...
Image of Turkish assassin wins photo of year
Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici was at the launch of a new art exhibition in Ankara on December 19 when Mevlut Mert Altintas, an off-duty police officer, opened...
Bad weather causes lettuce shortages across Europe
Cold, wet weather in southern Spain has devastated supplies of iceberg lettuces to consumers across Europe. Other vegetables, including broccoli, artichokes and aubergines, also...
Refugees find their voice through theatre
Inadequate provision of English classes and a lack of routes into work or study programmes are leaving many refugees in the UK isolated, according to new research by academics...

Germany

Bear killed after escaping enclosure at German zoo
A bear was shot dead after it escaped from an enclosure at a zoo in western Germany on Friday, authorities have said.
Crosses go up in public buildings across Bavaria
Every public building in the southern German state of Bavaria is now required to display a Christian cross at the entrance to greet visitors.
What -- and whom -- Merkel's outlasted during her 12 years in power
On Wednesday, Angela Merkel will begin a historic fourth term as Chancellor of Germany, making her one of the longest-serving leaders in modern German history. Merkel, who grew...
Angela Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor
Angela Merkel was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany after lawmakers voted to re-elect her as leader in a close vote on Wednesday morning. She will now begin a historic fourth...
Eight sentenced to jail for right-wing terror crimes in Germany
Eight people have been found guilty of being members of a right-wing terror organization by a court in Germany. A federal court in Dresden handed down the verdict Wednesday...
Angela Merkel set for fourth term after coalition deal
Germany's Social Democratic Party voted to renew a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, paving the way for her fourth term after nearly six months of...

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