Emily Schultheis is a freelance journalist and fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs in Berlin, where she writes about German politics and the rise of populist far-right parties across Europe. Before moving to Berlin in 2017, she most recently covered the 2016 election and the early months of the Trump administration as a political reporter for CBS News Digital in Washington, D.C.


Over the course of her political reporting career, Emily’s work has appeared in The AtlanticPolitico, The Guardian, The New York Times, Politico Europe, Foreign Policy, BBC Online, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, CBS News, NBC News, National Journal, Der Tagesspiegel, Deutsche Welle and Spiegel International, among others.

From 2011 to 2017, Emily covered U.S. national politics and elections from Washington, first for Politico and then for the National Journal and CBS News. She is also a previous recipient of the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship, the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, and the East-West Center Jefferson Fellowship for her reporting on international politics and populism.

Emily, a San Francisco Bay Area native, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

You can contact her at eschultheis [at] icwa [dot] org.