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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.

Recent Work
Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade.
Nam Y. Huh /APU.S.

At Least 6 Dead, 30 Wounded In Shooting At Chicago-Area July 4 Parade

Migrants who had crossed the Rio Grande river into the U.S.
Dario Lopez-Mills / APPolitics

Supreme Court Allows Biden To End 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

Abortion-rights and anti-abortion demonstrators gather outside of the Supreme Court
Gemunu Amarasinghe / APPolitics

Planned Parenthood In Illinois Is Planning For An Influx Of Patients

Asian carp
M. Spencer Green / APU.S.

Illinois Announces New Name For Asian Carp, An Invasive Fish Species

Dr. Rebecca Gomperts is pictured.

Dutch Doctor Helps Americans Who Want Abortions And Can't Get Them

People protest for the right to an abortion.

How The U.S. Would Compare To Other Countries If Roe Is Overturned

Students in Chicago's Ukrainian village are shown.

A Chicago School Is Helping Ukrainian Refugee Kids Feel At Home

Mourners visit a memorial to honor the victims killed in the Uvalde, Texas school shooting.
Eric Gay / APU.S.

There Were 13 Mass Shootings In The U.S. This Weekend

'French' fries
David J. Phillip / APU.S.

Why Are They Called 'French Fries?'

A private police officer drives his car.

Private Policing Is Rising In Chicago, But Not Everyone Is On Board

Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Jae C. Hong / APU.S.

Schools Increase Security As Precaution After Uvalde Shooting

A view of Chicago, Illinois
Kamil Krzaczynski / APWorld

How Do Sister Cities Work?

Saleha Soadat sits with a subject for a story.

Afghan Refugee, Journalist Highlights Other Refugees Now In The U.S.

Matthieu Aikins sits for a photo.
Matthieu AikinsWorld

Author Who Posed As A Refugee Shares Insights Into His Risky Journey

Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. greets the crowd during a campaign rally.
Aaron Favila / APWorld

Philippine Election Could Put Dictator's Son In Power

Emissions from industrial development

Pressure Mounts On EU To Cut Its Dependence On Russian Energy

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen waves to supporters during a campaign rally.
Michael Euler / APWorld

A Le Pen Win In French Election Could Be Major Blow For Pres. Biden

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin stand together.
Paul Wennerholm / APWorld

Finland, Sweden Move Toward NATO Membership Amid Russian Aggression

A view of Kyiv, Ukraine
Emilio Morenatti / APWorld

Why Does Vladimir Putin See Ukraine As Part Of Russia?

Workers dig graves in Ukraine.

The Weight Of 'Genocide': Why Leaders Are Hesitant To Use The Word

A man sits with Call Russia on his laptop.
Paulius Senuta / Call RussiaWorld

'Call Russia' Counters Kremlin Propaganda One Phone Call At A Time

People ride bicycles next to a building destroyed by Russian forces in Ukraine.
Vadim Ghirda / APWorld

Mexico Remains Neutral, But Some Feel It's Cozying Up To Russia In War

A woman and her daughter wait in line to be escorted to a Border Patrol van for processing.
Elliot Spagat / APPolitics

COVID-19 Asylum Limits At U.S.-Mexico Border To End May 23

A girl holds the Ukrainian flag during a celebration of Lithuania's independence.
Mindaugas Kulbis / APWorld

Europe's Baltic Nations Feel Renewed Fear Of Russian Aggression

The multi-million-dollar mega yacht Scheherazade
FEDERICO SCOPPA/AFP via Getty ImagesWorld

Does Mystery Superyacht Docked In Italy Belong To Vladimir Putin?

A helicopter flies over flags of NATO countries.

The History Of NATO And How It Can Deter Russia

A damaged building
Vadim Ghirda / APWorld

Ukraine's Infrastructure Damage Could Blow Country's Economy Post-War

A Russian state TV employee holds a sign in protest on a Russian news show

Russia Is Censoring Information, Media About Invasion Into Ukraine

A bakery sells hamantaschen cookies.
Laurel KratochvilaWorld

Bakers Are Joining A Movement To Raise Money For Ukrainian Refugees

Ukrainian refugees embark a train to Poland.
Petros Giannakouris / APWorld

More Than 2.6 Million Refugees Have Fled Ukraine