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

Portfolio

The Independent

A new plan could see France becoming home to 500 wolves by 2023

A plan to protect wolves in France could see their population swell to 500 in the next five years. The proposal - which would increase the number of wolves by around 40 per cent...

The Independent

Iceland to become first European country to ban circumcision

Religious leaders have reacted with outrage to a bill proposed by MPs in Iceland that would criminalise male circumcision. The bill proposes a six-year prison term for anyone...

The Independent

Man shares powerful post as he hands in his AR-57 rifle following Florida school shooting

Horrified by the school shooting in his state last week, Florida gun owner Ben Dickmann decided to take action, handing in his rifle to the local sheriff's office. "I will be...

The Independent

Cape Town residents rejoice as rain finally falls

For many people, rain is bad news, but for the residents of drought-hit Cape Town in South Africa, it was cause for celebration. Winter rains have failed to arrive for three...

The Independent

Police hunting for three men who stole up to £23m from armoured van after taking woman hostage

A manhunt has been launched for three men who stole up to £23 million from an armoured van in Switzerland, after taking the daughter of a security guard hostage. The 22-year-old...

The Independent

US intelligence 'paid $100,000 to Russian man who claimed to have compromising info on Trump'

A Russian who offered US intelligence officials stolen cyberweapons and compromising material on Donald Trump took $100,000 (£72,000) but failed to provide any of the promised...

The Independent

Crash involving Justin Trudeau's motorcade leaves at least one person injured

A crash involving Justin Trudeau's motorcade left a police officer requiring hospital treatment. Officials said the Canadian Prime Minister's vehicle was not involved and he was...

The Independent

Israeli fighter jet shot down during large attack against targets in Syria

Israel has struck 12 Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, including an air defence system, the country's military has claimed. The raids, which mark a dramatic escalation of...

CNN

Russia warns its citizens against US 'hunt'

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a travel warning Thursday, saying that US intelligence services are on a "hunt" to detain Russian citizens traveling abroad. In the...

CNN

Poland to outlaw references to 'Polish death camps'

Poland's senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it illegal to accuse the nation of complicity in crimes committed by Nazi Germany, including the Holocaust. The...

The Independent

Police in Indonesia detain transgender women and shave their heads

Police in Indonesia have detained 12 transgender women after raiding five beauty salons in Aceh province, cutting their hair and forcing them to wear men's clothes. According to...

The Independent

Medical student names her murderer shortly before death

A man has been arrested after the murder of a student in Pakistan who was reportedly killed after turning down a marriage proposal. Asma Rani, a third-year medical student, was...

The Independent

Three Israeli pilots say they would refuse to fly deported asylum seekers back to Africa against...

Three Israeli pilots have spoken out against the forced deportations of asylum seekers back to Africa, saying they would refuse to take control of planes involved the practice....

The Independent

Rubbish on a Beirut beach shows Lebanon's waste crisis is far from over

A huge pile of rubbish has washed up onto a beach to the north of Beirut, prompting activists to claim that Lebanon's waste crisis is far from over. "Somebody needs to pay for...

The Independent

Republican senator attacks Trump team as party turns on White House over stalemate

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has turned on Donald Trump's administration, blaming senior White House adviser Stephen Miller for the lack of progress towards ending the...

CNN

Pushback against authoritarian populism is working, human rights group says

Strong pushback against authoritarian populism in several countries, including France and Canada, has weakened its advance and is a cause for hope around the world, according to...

The Independent

Norway is banning all fur farms

Norway's government has pledged to shut all fur farms by 2025, a move welcomed by animal rights charities. The country is the 14th European nation to phase out fur farming,...

CNN

Catherine Deneuve denounces #MeToo in open letter

A collective of 100 French women including film star Catherine Deneuve have signed an open letter defending men's "freedom to pester" women, sparking an angry response from a...

CNN

Two phones, two years: How North and South Korea reconnected

At 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday, a phone rang in a room in an uninhabited village in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. For the first time since February 2016,...

CNN

Irish Prime Minister says he aspires to a 'united Ireland'

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said he aspires to a united Ireland based on "cross-community support" in remarks released on Tuesday, the UK Press Association reported....