Judith Vonberg

Until October 2018 I worked as a freelance journalist on the digital news team in the London bureau of CNN International, where I began as an intern in January 2017. In early 2018, I also worked 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.

I also have a doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations, which I received in 2017. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

I now work as a Communications Officer for Migrant Voice, a London-based charity that seeks to change the media narrative on migration by empowering migrants and refugees to tell their stories.

United Kingdom


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...


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,...


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...


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,...


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....


Australian submarine found after 103 years

The wreck of Australia's first submarine has been discovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea after disappearing without a trace 103 years ago. "Australia's oldest naval...


Belgium expected to appoint female Saudi ambassador

Belgium is likely to be the first country to send a female ambassador to Saudi Arabia, according to Belgian state broadcaster VRT, in a move that chimes with the kingdom's...


UK lawmakers debate Libya slave auction footage

Chris Law, MP for Dundee West, described the crimes as "violations of human rights and human dignity that are on an unthinkable scale." "They have no place in our world," he...


Homeless man steals $350,000 from Paris airport

A homeless man stole 300,000 euros ($353,000) from an unlocked room in Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport on Friday. The money was taken from an office belonging to cash-handling...


150 sex assault cases in remote Norwegian region uncovered

More than 150 cases of alleged sexual assault have been uncovered in a remote region in northern Norway, according to a police report published Tuesday. The alleged crimes...


London theaters react to Kevin Spacey allegation

A London theater where Kevin Spacey was artistic director for 11 years invited people to contact them confidentially with any complaints on Tuesday, amid a growing outcry over a...


More than 30 dead in wildfires in Portugal and Spain

At least 39 people have been killed by wildfires in Portugal and Spain, officials from both countries said Monday. In Portugal, where 36 people are confirmed dead, more than...


Austria's election: What you need to know

Voters in Austria are casting their ballots in a snap election that could put young conservative Sebastian Kurz at the helm of the nation in a coalition with the country's far...


Macron to Trump: 'Make our planet great again'

New French President Emmanuel Macron trolled President Trump in a televised speech Thursday, condemning the US leader's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement...


A record number of French voted for nobody

But Macron's mandate may not be as overwhelming as it seems. A record number of French voters were so dismayed by their options that they either skipped the election or cast...


47,155 arrests: Turkey's post-coup crackdown by the numbers

Nine months on from the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, authorities continue to detain and arrest people who, they say, are linked to the attempted uprising. According to...


Bana Alabed, 7-year-old Syrian girl, to publish memoir

In "Dear World," to be published by Simon & Schuster, Bana will describe her experiences in Syria and how she and her family are adapting to their new life in Turkey. She took...


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.