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.

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Portfolio

CNN

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko appears on Ukrainian TV

A Russian journalist and critic of the Kremlin, reported to have been shot dead in Ukraine, showed up alive at a press conference on Wednesday to declare that his murder was...

CNN

Erdogan calls Jerusalem US Embassy move 'huge mistake'

Speaking exclusively to CNN in Ankara on Tuesday, Erdogan said that there was "nothing to gain" by the move and urged the US to reverse the decision while there was still time...

CNN

Armenia protest leader Nikol Pashinyan elected prime minister

Thousands of Pashinyan's supporters, who had gathered in a central square in the capital, Yerevan, to watch the vote on large screens, erupted into cheers when the result was...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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....

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

CNN

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...

The Independent

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,...

The Independent

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...

The Independent

'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...

The Independent

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...

The Independent

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...

The Independent

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...