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Ben Schamisso

MMJ / Videographer

Ben Schamisso is Newsy's resident Belgian whose international upbringing aids in his storytelling. Formerly the lead videographer for Belgium's most prestigious football (not soccer) team and producer for the Chicago Tribune, Ben is now a multimedia journalist in Newsy's Chicago bureau. When he's not reading camera manuals for fun, you can catch him playing tennis or convincing his colleagues that "New Girl" is still the funniest show on television. Want to chat with Ben? Well, you're in luck. He speaks three languages. Feel free to email him at

  Recent Work
Protesters with a sign that reads "CLEAN DREAM OR SHUT IT DOWN" in front of the Trump Tower in Chicago.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoPolitics

Chicago Protesters Want A 'Clean' Deal For 'Dreamers' and TPS Holders

Protesters are holding a Jewish Voice for Peace banner
BDS movementWorld

Why Israel's Travel Ban Includes An American Jewish Group

Dr. Monica Peek chats with a patient
Ben SchamissoU.S.

Doctor's Dilemma: Confronting Racist Patients

A. Allen, a formerly homeless man who now sells street magazines, holds up a StreetWise magazine by a Chicago train platform
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

A Hand Up: From Street Living to StreetWise

An immigrant holds a packet of information.
Getty imagesPolitics

What Are Undocumented Immigrants' Few Paths To Green Cards?

Sky Cubacub dancing at a fashion show
Christopher Sonny MartinezU.S.

How Fashion Can Be A Political Statement Of Inclusion

3-D interactive hologram of Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster
Ben SchamissoU.S.

New 3-D Hologram Forever Preserves Holocaust Survivors

Luis Gonzales, an immigrant from Honduras, talks to Newsy
Ben Schamisso / NewsyPolitics

Young Immigrant Fears Losing Protected Status He's Had For 18 Years

DACA recipient and activist Maria Torres speaks at a pro-immigration rally.
Sara BriseñoPolitics

Why This DACA Recipient Refuses To Be Called A 'Dreamer'

Chinoy Lumpia
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Filipinos Want You To Know Their Food Is More Than A Trend

Undocumented singer Stephanie "Soultree" Camba entertains a crowd in Chicago.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Undocumented Artist Channels Her Activism Through Music

Luis Vicente Pedrote-Salinas talked to Newsy in his local church.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

This Immigrant Is Fighting Chicago Police Over Alleged Gang List Error

Photographer Corky Lee takes photographs at the 54th Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Convention.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

How One Photographer Captured Asians In American History

Protester shouting in Chicago after DACA rescinded
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Thousands March In Chicago In Opposition To DACA Decision

Disney's First Black Animator, Floyd Norman
Filmbuff / "Floyd Norman: An Animated Life"Entertainment

Disney's First Black Animator Talks 60 Years In The Mouse House

A sculpture of a child slave at the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana
Newsy / Travis HenryU.S.

A Case For White Supremacists Needing Reparations

"Rosita Gets Scared" by Chicago comic artist, Vicko Alvarez, helps immigrant children talk about the fear of deportation.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

A Comic Book Helps Immigrant Kids Talk About Fears Of Deportation

Cody LaGrow sitting with Oscar winner John Ridley.
Newsy / Sarah GirouxEntertainment

Looking Back To Look Ahead: A New LA Riot Doc Uncovers A Hidden Past

Celebrities who've seemed to consider running for office
Getty ImagesPolitics

Why Do We Entertain The Idea Of Entertainers Running For Office?

Vanessa Sheridan is a transgender veteran fighting for trans rights.
Newsy / Alisa MartinezU.S.

Transgender Veteran Combats Workplace Discrimination

A woman from the Chicago-area gun club Ladies of Steel fires a handgun.
Ben Schamisso / NewsyU.S.

Promoting Black Gun Ownership In Gun-Violent Chicago

Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez with two of his children
Celene AdameU.S.

A Detained Immigrant's 2 Battles: Suing ICE While Fighting Deportation

A needle used to inject heroin sits in a street outside a clinic
WCPO / Emily MaxwellPolitics

Moving The Needle: Saving Lives In The Heroin Crisis

The Dru Project Logo
The Dru ProjectU.S.

The Dru Project: A Glimmer Of Hope After The Pulse Nightclub Shooting

People dressed as angels stand outside Pulse nightclub.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Shooting At Pulse Nightclub Isn't Considered A Hate Crime. But Why?

Christine Leinonen with her son Christopher Andrew Leinonen
Christine LeinonenU.S.

Pulse Shooting Victim's Mother Calls For Ban On Assault Weapons

French comedian Gad Elmaleh smiles for the camera.

French Comedian Gad Elmaleh Is Ready To Make Us Laugh — In English

The U.S. Army in 1992 LA riots.
U.S. ArmyU.S.

Something We Haven't Seen Since The 1992 LA Riots

The musicians from The Salaam-Shalom Music Project
David Sutton StudiosU.S.

How These Muslim, Jewish And Christian Musicians Play Beyond Barriers

Cody Keenan and President Barack Obama
Obama White House / Pete SouszaPolitics

If Barack Obama Said It, Cody Keenan Likely Wrote It