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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.

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AP / Rodrigo AbdWorld

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A restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 20, 2020.
AP / TV4World

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks about economic recovery on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
AP Photo/Andrew HarnikPolitics

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks on the phone to President-elect Joe Biden
Twitter / Justin TrudeauPolitics

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Immigrant activists
Luz ChavezPolitics

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AP Photo/Peter MorrisonPolitics

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AP Photo/Francois MoriPolitics

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Armed police in Vienna
AP Photo / Ronald ZakWorld

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Betfair ExchangePolitics

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French police officers stand near Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.
Eric Gaillard/Pool via APWorld

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A Cuban man at campaign rally featuring Vice President Mike Pence at the Cuban Memorial Monument, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami.
AP Photo/Lynne SladkyPolitics

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In this June 23, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz.
AP Photo/Evan VucciPolitics

Immigration Dominated 2016 Election But Neglected In 2020 Contest

New Zealand Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, has a selfie taken with supporters
AP Photo/Mark BakerWorld

Jacinda Ardern's Historic Election Victory Cements Her Global Stardom

A protester at a Trump campaign rally holds a Q sign.
AP Photo/Matt RourkePolitics

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People dine at a restaurant as France's President Emmanuel Macron gives an address on television on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.
AP Photo/Bob EdmeWorld

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People are out socializing in Liverpool city centre on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020
Peter Byrne/PA via APWorld

As COVID-19 Surges In Europe, So Does Resistance To Restrictions

Judge Amy Coney Barrett
Demetrius Freeman / The Washington Post / APPolitics

How Would A Justice Barrett Influence The Court On Immigration?

Police officers stop a car at a checkpoint in Madrid on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
AP Photo/Manu FernandezWorld

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Dionel Perez-Hernandez (left) has been in ICE detention for 16 months
Dayami MontejoPolitics

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Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro and Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson
AP PhotosU.S.

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Joe Biden and President Donald Trump
AP photos / Newsy / Andrew LawlerPolitics

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Pauline Binan, a Cameroonian immigrant, who says she received an invasive surgery against her will in ICE detention.
Van HuynhPolitics

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A freeze frame from a Border Patrol fictionalized video showing a migrant killing an innocent man
Border PatrolPolitics

Border Patrol Made Fictional Video Of Migrant Killing Man

Protestors march in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs
AP Photo/Lynne SladkyPolitics

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A pedestrian crossing from Mexico into the U.S. has his facial features and eyes scanned.
AP Photo/Denis PoroyPolitics

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People take the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony
AP Photo/Frank Franklin IIPolitics

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President Trump presides over a naturalization ceremony at the 2020 Republican National Convention
Republican National ConventionPolitics

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President Donald Trump tours a section of the border wall, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in San Luis, Ariz.
AP Photo/Evan VucciPolitics

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Migrant families held by ICE contractors at a Texas hotel
Texas Civil Rights Project / Roberto Alejandro LopezPolitics

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