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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 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

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Activists rally for the passage of a 'clean' Dream Act, one without additional security or enforcement measures.
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What The Latest DACA Ruling Means For New 'Dreamers'

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes US President Donald Trump prior to a meeting at the Elysee Presidential Palace
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Is The Trump-Macron Bromance On?

California state flag during demonstration
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More California Cities And Counties Reject State's Pro-Immigration Law

Guatemalan immigrant Eduardo Valiente, or "Lalo," in the church where he lives.
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This Detained Immigrant With Cancer Was Saved By Complete Strangers

A rally was bringing attention to what the organizers say is a rise worldwide anti-Semitism.
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Report: Anti-Semitism Is Up, But Not Violence Against Jews

An U.S. Customs and Border Protection bike patrol agent assists Mexican's being returned to Mexico.
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Every President Since Reagan Has Deployed Troops To The Border

The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor
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Millions Of Visitors To US Could Soon Face Social Media Vetting

A sign welcomes visitors to Liberia at the airport near Monrovia
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Trump Is Ending Immigration Program For Thousands Of Liberians

Kalyn Belsha, Karen Kelsky and Alison Flowers are exposing the scale of sexual misconduct in academia
Newsy Staff & Karen KelskyU.S.

These Women Are Exposing The Scale Of Sexual Misconduct In Academia

Richard Santiago and his family in Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria, they evacuated to Chicago.
Richard SantiagoU.S.

Hurricane Evacuees: At Home Within The Puerto Rican Diaspora

Dozens of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue
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The Mental Health Toll Of Being Undocumented

Edith and Eddie are relaxing by their home in Virginia.
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Oscar-Nominated Doc 'Edith+Eddie' Gets Honest About Abuse Of Elderly

The Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings Bank and subjects of a documentary, are photographed in the bank's vault.
Kartemquin Films / "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail"Entertainment

Director Reveals Secrets Behind The Oscar-Nominated Doc 'Abacus'

People carry signs addressing sexual harassment at a #MeToo rally
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Why The #MeToo Movement Is Vital For Immigrant Workers

A mother and child, 3, from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants.
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Who Should Pay For Immigrant Kids' Lawyers In Deportation Cases?

Central American migrants making the treacherous journey to the southern border
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Who Would Trump's Wall Allegedly Prevent From Crossing The Border?

Michael Jackson wears his iconic "Thriller" red jacket, created with reductive design
Newsy / Andrew LawlerEntertainment

How Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Jacket Came To Be

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
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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.
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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
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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