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.

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

#Grime4Corbyn: UK grime scene gets political
Superstars of the grime scene such as JME, Stormzy and Akala as well as young MCs Novelist, Big Zuu and AJ Tracey have all tweeted, instagrammed or snapped their support for...
Snapchat gets political: Filter urges UK users to register to vote
"Find your voice!" says a command, "Register to vote by 22nd May!" The feature on the social media app will be available for 48 hours for UK users. The aim is to reach young...
101-year-old skydiver sets new record
Bryson William 'Verdun' Hayes, known as Verdun, completed the record-breaking jump Sunday. He skydived for the very first time a year ago to celebrate his 100th birthday. "Last...
Straw draw decides UK local election result
In a tightly fought contest between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates for the final seat on the local council, the winner was decided by drawing straws. The...
Britain's young royals open up about mental health
The video, filmed at Kensington Palace earlier this week, is part of the Heads Together campaign, which aims to end the stigma around mental health. The three young royals have...
How UK papers reacted to snap election
How did today's newspapers respond? Celebrating the announcement as a "stunning move," the Daily Mail, a right-wing tabloid paper, published an image of a steely-eyed Theresa...
UK Prime Minister Theresa May to seek early election
In an unexpected statement at Downing Street, May said she was seeking a vote on June 8, less than halfway through the government's five-year term. Opposition parties said they...
Coca-Cola UK HQ blocked by sculpture protest
The campaign group said the sculpture, which depicts an idyllic family beach scene interrupted by birds choking on plastic, was intended to highlight what it claimed were...
Exiting Europe: How the UK got here
A letter was delivered to Brussels on Wednesday, and not just any letter. This one, signed by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, has triggered Article 50 and officially kicked off...
Stephen Hawking: 'I may not be welcome' in Trump's America
British scientist Stephen Hawking fears he "may not be welcome" in the United States now that Donald Trump is President. In an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain on...
Cold War guide to surviving nuclear attack reissued
A stark guide to surviving a nuclear blast that was first published during the dark days of the Cold War is being reissued by the Imperial War Museum in London. The 1980...
Queen marks 65 years on British throne
Her Sapphire Jubilee has being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London's Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The...
MI6: The real life Q is a woman
Speaking at the Women in IT Awards in London on Wednesday night, MI6 chief Alex Younger, known as C, encouraged more women to join the intelligence services. "The real-life Q is...
'Refugee History' Platform Offers Lessons for the Current Crisis
Historians frustrated by simplistic comparisons between refugee crises past and present have set up a platform to delve deeper into historical parallels and differences. Its...

Science & health

Spacecraft's final images before smashing into Saturn released by Nasa
Before smashing into Saturn last September, Nasa's Cassini spacecraft sent back some of the most spectacular images of the planet ever seen. Now Nasa has revealed an image...
Scientists think they may have solved the mystery of what killed up to 15 million Aztecs
Scientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico's Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in...
Marijuana legalisation causing violent crime to fall in US states, study finds
The legalisation of marijuana for medical purposes has led to a significant reduction in violent crime in several US states bordering Mexico, according to new research. The...
The far-fetched fixes for climate change
In the battle against climate change, efforts to reduce emissions of harmful gases like carbon dioxide have consumed most of the headlines. But many scientists say that simply...
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.
Large ice sheet 'very close' to breaking away from Antarctica
A rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has grown by 10.5 miles in the last six days, according to UK scientists working on Project MIDAS. It will create one of the...
The mammal that can survive without oxygen
The naked mole rat is already known to be cold-blooded, resistant to cancer and feeling pain, and can live ten times longer than a mouse. The animal is alsoone of the...
World's oldest microfossils found, study says
The discovery comprises tiny filaments and tubes formed by bacteria that lived on iron, according to a statement released Wednesday by University College London. They were found...
Can more fruit and veg make you live longer?
The study, by Imperial College London, says consuming 10 portions per day, or about 800g, could prevent an estimated 7.8 million premature deaths worldwide. The World Health...

NEWS Articles

Opinion

British Volunteer Hosts Welcome Refugees Into Their Homes and Lives
Amid a hostile climate for refugees in the U.K., ordinary citizens are plugging gaps in the asylum system. Judith Vonberg reports on Refugees at Home, a volunteer initiative...
"A sinking ship with not enough lifeboats": London citizens call for urgent action on child...
Around 150 people gathered outside the Home Office yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the first so-called "Dubs children" and to urge leaders of government and local councils...
Why We Need a Supranational Approach at the U.N. Migration Summit
As part of our "The Road to UNGA" series, migrant rights advocate Judith Vonberg writes that the upcoming U.N. summit, already backsliding on promises to resettle refugees,...
The referendum: A choice between taking our country back and taking it forwards?
Thursday’s vote presents us with two visions of our country. The Leave campaign offers us an anti-immigration, nostalgia driven fantasy while Remain, in its more inspiring...

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