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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

  Recent Work
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.

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'

US Passport over map of Ghana, Africa
Newsy / Andrew LawlerWorld

Black Americans Tell The Highs And Lows Of 'Returning Home' To Ghana

View of the Atlantic Ocean from Elmina Castle
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Before The Boat: Life In An African Slave Castle

Lily Tugbah wins Ghana Spelling Bee
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

Meet The Girl Representing All Of Africa In This Year's Spelling Bee

Female Slave Dungeon sign at Elmina Castle in Ghana
Newsy / Ben SchamissoWorld

A Hidden Treasure In This Ghanaian Slave Castle: An Overdue Apology

Chinese immigrants in Chicago's Chinatown participate in a citizenship class.
Newsy / Ben SchamissoU.S.

Assimilation Is Key To Success For These Chinese Immigrants

Chelsea Clinton next to Barron and Donald Trump
Getty ImagesPolitics

Chelsea Clinton Blasts Barron Trump's Internet Trolls For Him

A French solider in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Getty Images / Jeff J MitchellWorld

Are Europe's Security Measures Negatively Affecting Minorities?

Getty ImagesU.S.

Skittles-Coated Highway Seems Like A 'Stranger Things' Episode

Police stand guard near the CVS pharmacy in Baltimore, Maryland.
Getty Images / Andrew BurtonU.S.

What Will Happen To Consent Decrees Under President Trump?