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



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...

Fair Planet

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...



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...