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Ben Schamisso


Ben Schamisso is a reporter focused primarily on global affairs and immigration. Born and raised in Belgium, Ben's international upbringing aids in his storytelling. Prior to joining Newsy in 2016, he was the lead videographer for Belgium's most prestigious soccer team and a producer for the Chicago Tribune. He earned his master's degree in broadcast journalism at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in 2012. Want to chat with him about immigration and foreign policy? Well, you're in luck — he speaks three languages.

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent apprehends a migrant
AP Photo/Eric GayPolitics

Union Says Migrant Surge Puts Border Agents 'In Impossible Situations'

Leidy León with her two brothers
Leidy LeónPolitics

Ruling Devastates Young Immigrants About To Receive DACA Protections

Afghan interpreter Omid Mahmoodi stands next to a U.S. Army officer
Omid MahmoodiPolitics

Afghan Interpreters Fear Being Left Out Of U.S. Evacuation Plans

A woman residing in Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul Residents Tell Newsy They Fear Taliban Return

File photo of Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, FileWorld

Haiti In Turmoil After Assassination Of President Jovenel Moïse

A mother holds her malnourished daughter in a medical clinic in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia
AP Photo/Ben CurtisWorld

Could A Fragile Cease-Fire In Tigray End World's Worst Hunger Crisis?

Angry demonstrators carry pictures of Nizar Banat, an outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority who died in custody.
AP Photo/Nasser NasserWorld

Palestinian Authority Faces Uprising After Critic Dies In Custody

former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in court during his sentencing hearing
Court TVU.S.

Derek Chauvin Sentenced To 22.5 Years For George Floyd's Murder

Badminton player Aram Mahmoud
UNHCR/Béla SzandelszkySports

From Damascus To Tokyo: Syrian Refugee To Compete At Olympics

A Chicago resident receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a barbershop
Ben Schamisso / NewsySci/Health

Inside An Unexpected Vaccination Site: The Barber Shop

Jenni Vee, Trans Bakery Owner of Jennivee Bakery, slices her Rainbow Pride Cake
Ben SchamissoU.S.

Trans Bakery Owner Serves Up Desserts For All During Pride Month

2017: A year anniversary after the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Ben SchamissoU.S.

Pulse Shooting Sparked Conversations About Catholic LGBTQ Inclusion

People ride rafts across the Suchiate River, back and forth between Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, top, and Tecun Uman, Guatemala
AP Photo/Moises CastilloPolitics

Newsy Goes To Mexico-Guatemala Border To Assess Harris' Migration Plan

Tennis star Naomi Osaka at the French Open
AP Photo/Christophe EnaSports

Osaka's Candor On Anxiety, Depression Could Help Reform Elite Sports

A Congolese refugee family reunites at Chicago's O'Hare airport after 5 years apart
Sam PaakkonenPolitics

Refugee Family Reunites After Years Apart: 'God Has Done A Miracle'

Honduran mother Eilyn Carbajal hugs her sons after being reunited
Richard Drew/APPolitics

Inside The Search For The Parents Separated From Children At Border

Young migrants inside a border detention site
AP Photo/Dario Lopez-MillsPolitics

Critics Say Mass Emergency Shelters For Migrant Kids 'Inadequate'

Sandra Ortiz and her son Bryan Chavez
Families Belong TogetherPolitics

Migrant Families Reunite After Years Apart: 'It Feels Like A Dream'

Congolese refugee Joseph Madogo and his wife Diane Taussi
Joseph MadogoPolitics

For Waiting Refugees, U.S. About-Face On Admissions Brings Hope

Former ICE detainee Estrella Sanchez
Jesse Pratt LópezPolitics

Former ICE Detainee Interrupts President's Speech — Here's Her Story

Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari (left) and a U.S. solider in Afghanistan
Janis ShinwariU.S.

Many Afghan Interpreters Risked Their Lives For the U.S. — Now What?

A child floats on an inner tube in a flooded street in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta inHonduras, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020
AP Photo/Delmer MartinezPolitics

Hurricane Devastation Fuels U.S.-Bound Migration From Honduras

Students at Kabul school
AP Photo/Rahmat GulU.S.

The View From Kabul: Afghans Anxious About U.S. Withdrawal

Billy and Tori, who foster migrant kids, in front of their house
Jeff Wick / NewsyPolitics

In Caring For Border Kids, Foster Parents Say 'Love Knows No Language'

U.S. Border Patrol agents stand by a vehicle near one of the border walls separating Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego
AP Photo/Gregory Bull, FilePolitics

Evasion Of Border Patrol Hits Highest Level In Years, Says Union

Daniel Umana, a Salvadoran man who plans on trekking to the U.S.
Juan Carlos QuinterosPolitics

$13K Smuggler's Fee Part Of Salvadoran's Plan To Get To U.S.

Migrants wait in a Reynosa, Mexico park

In The Park Where Families Expelled To Mexico Wait, Fearing Kidnapping

Migrants in a McAllen, Texas Relief Shelter

Inside High-Demand Migrant Relief Shelter Near U.S.-Mexico Border

Kids lay in a crowded CBP shelter in Texas
U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionPolitics

Feds Expand Child Migrant Capacity As 'Don't Come' Message Fails

Migrants at a bus station in Brownsville, Texas

'No Information': Newsy Talks To Migrants Released Without Court Dates