Sylvia Cunningham is an Associate Editor and Reporter at KCRW Berlin. She first joined the team in October 2017 as a grantee from the Fulbright Young Professional Journalist Program.
Before moving to Berlin, Sylvia worked in New York for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. She also contributed to NBCNews.com, her stories ranging from the impact of Muhammad Ali’s death on the Louisville community, Michelle Obama’s final commencement speech as First Lady, and blood donation regulations in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida.
58 years after the Berlin Wall was first erected, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller talked on Tuesday about using this history as a “starting point” to make sure something like this never happens again because it causes “unbelievable sorrow.”
Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry wants the manufacturers of products like fast food packaging, cigarettes, and disposable cups to contribute to the costs of cleaning city streets. In other news, the food delivery service Deliveroo is withdrawing from Germany.
Berlin’s Interior State Secretary Torsten Akmann said building a fence around Görlitzer Park and locking it at night could help deter drug dealers from doing business there. In other news, Germany’s Finance Minister Olaf Scholz defended his plan for the “Solidaritätszuschlag.”
A smoking ban at playgrounds across Germany? A Pfand system for cigarette butts? We break down proposals from Deutsche Umwelthilfe and from a petition posted to change.org that has over 53,000 signatures.
This week alone, Berlin police reported 10 vehicles severely damaged in Kreuzberg, an Audi almost completely burned down in Neukölln and three Mercedes damaged in Steglitz. In other news, school children in Berlin are now eligible to ride the BVG for free.
In a statement from the Jüdische Gemeinde zu Berlin (Jewish Community of Berlin), Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal said he was leaving a synagogue in Wilmersdorf with one of his children Friday night when two men cursed at him in Arabic.