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

Police release picture of Sergei Skripal's car as search for witnesses intensifies

Police have released an image of Sergei Skripal's car as they launch a fresh appeal for witnesses in the poisoning of the former Russian spy and his daughter, Yulia. The...

The Independent

UK police 'contact Russian exiles over safety'

Police are reportedly contacting a number of Russian exiles in the UK to discuss their safety less than a day after the police opened a murder investigation into the death of...

The Independent

Russia expels 23 British diplomats

Russia has announced it will expel 23 British diplomats in a like-for-like retaliation to British measures announced on Wednesday after the UK government blamed Russia for the...


Slovaks take to streets as PM's resignation fails to stifle anger

Thousands of people gathered in Slovakia's capital city Friday night to protest against the government and pay tribute to murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak. Prime Minister...


As thousands flee assaults in Syria, rebels won't let others out

Thousands of people continued to flee from battlegrounds in northern and southern Syria on Friday amid reports that rebels in a Damascus suburb were preventing some residents...


British police launch murder inquiry into Russian exile's death

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov following the results of a postmortem exam, British police said in a statement on...


Trump: Russia likely poisoned ex-spy, 'based on all the evidence'

US President Donald Trump suggested on Tuesday that he believes the British government's theory that Russia was likely responsible for the nerve agent attack on a former Russian...

The Independent

Pilot called for help moments before fatal New York helicopter crash

The sole survivor of the helicopter flight that ended in tragedy in New York's East River on Sunday night radioed for help shortly before the aircraft went down. "Mayday,...

The Independent

Five killed in New York City helicopter crash

Federal investigators headed to New York on Monday after a helicopter crashed into the city's East River on Sunday evening, killing five people. Of the six people on board, only...


'If women stop, the world stops:' Women down tools for 'feminist strike'

Thousands of women are downing tools, boycotting domestic tasks and occupying the streets in countries around the world as part of a global strike on International Women's Day....

The Independent

Vatican's third-highest ranking official in court over historical sexual abuse charges

The most senior Catholic Church leader to be charged with sexual abuse has appeared in an Australian court for a hearing that will determine whether he will face a full trial by...

The Independent

Trump's US state department 'granted $120m to fight Russian interference but has spent $0'

The US State Department has yet to spend any of the $120m allocated to counter election meddling by foreign powers since late 2016, according to a report by the New York Times....

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,...