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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

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Young Syrian refugee kids in Chicago share a Thanksgiving meal.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoPolitics

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

A girl holds up a sign thanking veterans at the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
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The Argument For Changing 'Veterans Day' Back to 'Armistice Day'

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
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Can Trump Use The Justice Department For Personal Attacks?

Members of the Central American caravan head out at dawn for their next destination on November 01, 2018.
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Covering The Caravan — Without Amplifying Political Rhetoric

African-Americans hiding in the swamps of Louisiana in 1873
Library of Congress / William Ludwell SheppardU.S.

Birthright Citizenship Is A Legacy Of Former Slaves

Flowers and cards sit at a makeshift memorial down the street from the Tree Of Life Synagogue.
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Rising US Anti-Semitism In Plain View After Synagogue Attack

Financier and philanthropist George Soros
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Do George Soros Conspiracy Theories Promote Anti-Semitism?

Members of a migrant caravan walk into the interior of Mexico after crossing the Guatemalan border on October 21, 2018.
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Why Trump Believes Migrant Caravan Is 'A Great Republican Issue'

Activists protest the separation of children from their parents in front of a Texas immigration detention facility.
Getty ImagesPolitics

This Border Policy Option Is Being Called 'Separation 2.0'

Myya Jones is running for Mayor of Detroit. She's one of three women profiled in the documentary, "Represent."
Backbone Films / "Represent"Politics

This Doc Explores 'The Year Of The Woman' From The Ground Up

A bag of cannabis
Getty ImagesPolitics

Study Finds Cannabis Is Worse For Teens' Brains Than Alcohol

Man protests cuts to benefit programs
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Your Guide To Medicare And Social Security, Just In Time For Midterms

Key Yu Wang mows a lawn
Ben Schamisso / NewsySci/Health

This Chinese-American Community Is Empowering Adults With Disabilities

A U.S. Border Patrol agent talks to a migrant mother and daughter before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018.
Getty ImagePolitics

Memo Shows DHS Did Discuss Ordering Family Separations

A still image from The Black Eyed Peas' music video for "Big Love," showing migrant children in detention.
Interscope Records / The Black Eyed PeasEntertainment

Black Eyed Peas, Logic's Re-enacted Border Scenes Say A Lot About 2018

Syrian refugees Baraa Haj Khalaf clutches an American Flag as she leaves O'Hare Airport with her husband Abdulmajeed.
Getty ImagePolitics

How Does Trump's Refugee Cap Compare To Other Nations?

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Getty ImagePolitics

Can President Trump Control The Justice Department?

Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 12, 2018
U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationU.S.

What Went Wrong For Maria Could Help FEMA Get It Right For Florence

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 US Open Winner Naomi Osaka Is Redefining 'Japanese'

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Getty imagesSports

Pro Tennis Players Keep Getting Older. Here's Why

Zack Mulligan (background) and Keire Johnson in Bing Liu's "Minding the Gap"
Bing LiuEntertainment

How 'Minding The Gap' Embraces Skateboarding's Vulnerable Side

Newspapers being printed

Hundreds Of Newspapers To Trump: 'We Are Not The Enemy'

U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants into custody on January 4, 2017 near McAllen, Texas.
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Deported Parents Could Finally Reunite With 386 Left-Behind Kids

A framed photo of José Antonio Elena Rodriguez

Border Agent Who Fatally Shot Mexican Teen Isn't Immune, Court Says

Hands holding different dollar and euro notes
Getty ImagesPolitics

Universal Basic Income Is A Hot Welfare Idea — But Can It Be Funded?

Festival-goers hold Our Music My Body signs against sexual harassment
Liz CarlsonEntertainment

Sexual Harassment At Music Festivals 'Isn't Very Punk Rock Of You'

Lilian Martinez and her 5-year-old son
Beatriz Alvarado / The Corpus Christi Caller-TimesPolitics

Moms Helping Moms: How Mothers Reunited A Migrant Family In A Day

Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas
Getty ImagePolitics

More Americans Than Ever Say Immigration Is The Top Problem In The US