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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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A close up of the World Cup trophy after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina
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World Cup Facts To Make You Seem Like A Football Fanatic

An inmate prison behind bars

Mass Incarceration Of Parents Affects Kids' Health Into Adulthood

Players from Tibet at the 2018 CONIFA Football World Cup

There's An Alternative World Cup For Unrecognized Nations

Protesters in Chicago at a "Families Belong Together" march
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Protesters March For More Than Solving Family Separations

U.S. Border Patrol agents take a father and son from Honduras into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border
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How Attorneys Are Using Lawsuits To Reunite Immigrant Families

Central American asylum-seekers are taken into custody
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Reuniting Immigrant Families Is Easier Said Than Done

U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody
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Why Trump Admin. Blames Immigration 'Loopholes' For Family Breakups

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) ICE agents detain a suspected MS-13 gang member and Honduran immigrant.
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Fearing Deportation, Many Immigrants Are Avoiding Police And Courts

U.S. Border Patrol agents detain undocumented immigrants after they crossed the border from Mexico into the United States
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As Immigration Jails Fill Up, Detainees Are Moved To Federal Prisons

Lulú Martínez by the U.S-Mexico border in 2013.
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This Queer Dreamer And 'Chicagoan Of The Year' Was Granted Asylum

ICE agents frisk a suspected MS-13 gang member
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Study: More Immigrants Labeled Gang Members On Poor Evidence

A Syrian refugee and her daughter are greeted by her brother and mother
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Record Decline In Refugees Goes Beyond Trump's Campaign Promise

Syrian Communty Network founder Suzanne Akhras and her leadership team in 2015
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Syrian Refugee Group Shifts Focus To Stay Open In Trump Era

U.S. Border Patrol agents body search undocumented immigrants from Central America
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The Number Of Jailed Immigrants Is At A Record High — And Rising

A mother and child, 3, from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants.
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Separating Families Caught At The Border: Rhetoric Or Real Policy?

President Donald Trump
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Why Trump Told His Base The US Needs Foreign Workers

Artist Richard Santiago in front of his art exhibition
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Artist Honors The Dead Who Weren't Counted After Hurricane Maria

Chinese Americans For Trumps posing for a photo with Donald Trump
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This Chinese Immigrant Founded A Pro-Trump Movement — Here's Why

Luis Gonzales, an immigrant from Honduras, talks to Newsy.
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Honduran Immigrant Fears Losing Protected Status He's Had For 19 Years

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.
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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