Meet the Team

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 schamisso@newsy.com.

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

How One Photographer Has 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Protester shouting in Chicago after DACA rescinded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.
 Entertainment

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

Charlie Murphy in 2006.
Getty Images / Brad BarketEntertainment

Comedian and Actor Charlie Murphy Is Dead At 57

Nate Butkus hosting his podcast.
Eric ButkusU.S.

Meet The Cutest 6-Year-Old Podcaster Who Will Teach You About Science

Chicago White Sox organist Lori Moreland.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoSports

How MLB Organists Bounced Back After Piping Down

Jarred Vanderbilt after winning the FIBA Championship
USA BasketballSports

This Top-25 High School Basketball Player Told Us Why He's Next Up

Images of missing children in D.C.
Metropolitan Police Department of the Disctrict of ColumbiaU.S.

Why Are Black Children Going Missing In D.C.?

Rodrigo Duterte and Pope Francis speaking into a microphone
Getty ImagesWorld

Rodrigo Duterte And Pope Francis Share A Stance On This Issue

Wide receiver Dwight Clark of the San Francisco 49ers in 1984.
Getty ImagesSports

Dwight Clark 'Suspects' Playing In The NFL Gave Him ALS

Attorney General Jeff Sessions takes questions during a press conference
Getty Images / Win McNameeU.S.

Project Exile: What To Know About Jeff Sessions' Plan To Reduce Crime

Ghanaian kids in school in Accra
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Ghana Has Made Education A Priority, And Now It's Paying Off

Residents in front of Town Hall Apartments
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

LGBTQ Seniors Face Housing Discrimination, But Not In This Building

Children compete in Ghana's 2017 spelling bee.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

A 10-Year-Old National Spelling Competition In An Unlikely Place

Producer Nicole Amarteifio smiling at her Ghana studio
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Meet The Woman Who's Been Called The 'Issa Rae Of West Africa'