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Ben Schamisso

Culture Reporter

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 culture reporter 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 Belgium will win the next World Cup. Want to chat with Ben? Well, you're in luck. He speaks three languages. Feel free to email him at

  Recent Work
The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Yes, White Nationalism Is On The Rise — At Least In The US

A new citizen holds a USCIS envelope and an American flag
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2020 Census: What's Wrong With Asking People If They're Citizens?

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6,
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Let's Bring Context To The Ilhan Omar Anti-Semitism Controversy

A woman walks to enter Mexico on foot at the San Ysidro port of entry on April 9, 2018 in San Ysidro, California.
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Why Some Migrants Are Waiting For Their US Asylum Cases In Mexico

Venezuelan immigrants demonstrate in Miami
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Venezuelans Fleeing To The US Join Fastest-Growing Immigrant Community

A protester holds Venezuelan and American flags
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Should The US Grant Temporary Protections To Venezuelan Immigrants?

Undocumented immigrants in an ICE center
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The Contentious Business Of Holding ICE Prisoners In County Jails

Immigration detainees stand behind bars at the ICE detention facility on February 28, 2013 in Florence, Arizona.
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Why The Number Of Detained Immigrants Has Been Rising For Decades

21 Savage attends the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund 15th Anniversary Event at Brooklyn Navy Yard on November 5, 2018.
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Here's More About The Visa That Could Help 21 Savage Stay In The US

People hold signs over the 110 freeway in Los Angles as thousands of immigrants and supporters join the Defend DACA movement.
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How Dreamers Feel About Never-Ending Negotiations Of Their Fate

A man on the South Side of Chicago receives coffee and clothes from The Night Ministry outreach bus
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Helping The Homeless In Frigid Weather Goes Beyond Temporary Shelters

Naomi Osaka poses with the championship trophy in front of a Japanese flag on March 18, 2018 in Indian Wells, California.
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How Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Is Redefining 'Japanese'

Janeth Vasquez, a DACA Recipient, after her graduation.
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Why This Dreamer Opposes Trump's Wall-For-DACA Deal

Zack Mulligan (background) and Keire Johnson in Bing Liu's "Minding the Gap"
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How 'Minding The Gap' Embraces Skateboarding's Vulnerable Side

Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, 8, holds her doll Rodrigo while going home on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.
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Kids Come To The Border Alone, But This Lawyer Has Their Back

A Predator drone operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protections near the Mexican border on March 7, 2013
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Could Drones Secure The Border Better Than Trump's Wall?

Prototype sections of a border wall between Mexico and the United States are under construction on October 5, 2017 in Tijuana
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What Is A Wall? Semantics May Help Move Shutdown Negotiations Forward

The U.S. Capitol is shown on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC, with a STOP sign in front of it.
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Could A Wall-For-DACA Deal Solve The Shutdown Impasse?

CBP agents stand guard on the U.S. side of the San Ysidro port of entry during an exercise which briefly closed the crossing.
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How The Economy Would Be Impacted If Trump Really Closed The Border

Tucker Carlson speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 21, 2018 in Los Angeles.
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Sponsors Flee Tucker Carlson, But Some Say A Boycott Isn't The Answer

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan
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Outgoing Speaker Ryan Is Pushing For Thousands Of Irish Work Visas

An ICE officer is pictured in the foreground with undocumented immigrants in the background inside a holding cell.
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ICE Arrested 170 Undocumented Immigrants Trying To Claim Detained Kids

Migrants wait in line to receive donated items outside a temporary shelter on Nov 28, in Tijuana.
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Why Are Thousands Of Migrants Stuck In Tijuana?

2: Immigrants prepare to become American citizens at a naturalization service on January 22, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
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Report: US Considering Charging Certain Immigrants To Apply For Asylum

A still from the HBO film "Icebox"
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New Film Follows Child Migrant From Border Crossing To Asylum Hearing

Troops set up up concertina wire at the international bridge with Mexico
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The US Is Spending More On Border Troops Than Immigration Judges

A woman holds an American flag and a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services envelope
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Proposed Rule Could Deny Green Cards To Likely Welfare Recipients

Young Syrian refugee kids in Chicago share a Thanksgiving meal.
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Helping Refugee Kids Assimilate One Thanksgiving Dinner At A Time

A new citizen holds a USCIS envelope and an American flag
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A Son Of Immigrants Makes The Case For Skills-based Immigration

Masked person holds a lit flare at Poland's March of Independence on November 11, 2018.
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While Macron Rebuked Nationalism, Nationalists Marched In Poland