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.
Over the next six weeks, a robot will answer simple travel questions at Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. The hope is this kind of AI technology will free up customer service employees for more complex inquiries. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
The Volksbühne finds their new artistic director, the opening of the Humboldt Forum will be delayed until 2020, and Späti owners will take to the streets on Sunday to protest against rules limiting their business hours on Sundays.
Next Tuesday’s Senate meeting to decide whether or not Berlin rent prices should be frozen for five years has propelled the owner’s association Haus und Grund to publish a countdown clock on their website, alerting members that this week could be their last to increase rent prices.
ALDI’s move to start charging one cent for customers to bag their produce in plastic has been called “insufficient” by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action Germany). Also, Federal Health Minister says gay ‘conversion therapy’ makes people sick and is not healthy.
A verdict has been reached in a mass murder case in Lower Saxony, and protesters rally as federal and state officials are in Leipzig for a two-day conference on health care. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.
Equal pay across east and west Germany, making it easier for caregivers from abroad to work in the country – these are some of the measures proposed by Germany’s labor, family and health ministers in a new joint action. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.