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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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Pope Francis in Baghdad
AP Photo/Andrew MedichiniWorld

Pope Francis Starts Historic Iraq Trip To Boost Fading Christians

Brazilian health workers wheel in a patient suspected of suffering from COVID-19 into a field hospital near Brasilia.
AP Photo/Eraldo PeresSci/Health

Experts Say Brazil's Worsening COVID Outbreak Is A Global Threat

Some of the students who were abducted by gunmen and then released days later.
AP Photo/Sunday AlambaWorld

Nearly 300 Nigerian Schoolgirls Freed Days After Being Kidnapped

Photos released by semi-official Syrian SAMA show aftermath of the U.S military airstrikes near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

U.S. Airstrike Sends Message To Iran Amid Revived Nuclear Talks

Undocumented immigrant Andrea Anaya hols a sign saying "my dreams are not illegal"
Andrea AnayaPolitics

Undocumented Immigrants: President Biden's Bill Would Be Life Changing

Two women seeking asylum in the U.S. wait in Matamoros, Mexico.
AP Photo/Gregory BullPolitics

U.S. Welcomes Some Asylum-Seekers Who Were Awaiting Hearings In Mexico

French women protest bill
AP Photo/Thibault CamusWorld

French Lawmakers Back Contentious Bill Meant To Curb Radical Islamism

Migrants returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy, at a camp in Matamoros, Mexico.
AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas, FilePolitics

25,000 Migrants Stuck In Mexico To Get Asylum Chance In U.S.

An immigration detainee sits at the Otay Mesa Detention Center Wednesday in California.
AP Photo/Gregory BullPolitics

Pres. Biden Urged To Fulfill Promise To End For-Profit Immigrant Jails

Family in refugee camp
AP Photo/Hussein MallaPolitics

President Biden's Plan To Admit More Refugees Faces Many Obstacles

A family in Ivory Coast who won the diversity visa lottery
Ijeoma "Golden" Kouadio.Politics

Visa Lottery Winners Pray For Pres. Biden's Repeal Of Visa Ban

A Guatemalan migrant hugs his son as they reunite after being separated
AP Photo/Ringo H.W. ChiuPolitics

Pres. Biden's Effort To Reunite Border Families: 'We Owe It To Them'

A file photo of an ICE agent
AP Photo / Gregory BullPolitics

Pres. Biden Pauses Many Deportations, Narrows ICE Arrest Priorities

President Joe Biden signs executive order
AP Photo/Evan VucciPolitics

President Biden Ends Travel Ban, Bringing Hope To Separated Families

Holocaust survivor David Lenga
Holocaust Museum LAPolitics

Holocaust Survivor On Capitol Siege: 'History Repeating Itself'

Trump supporters riot at Capitol
AP Photo/Julio CortezU.S.

For Immigrants Who Fled Tyranny, Capitol Siege Felt Painfully Familiar

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
AP Photo/Jose Luis MaganaU.S.

Capitol Attack Shocks The World, Hurts U.S. Global Standing

Rabea Kruegel
Hayder Waleed Mohammed Al-Saadi and his wife Rabea KruegelPolitics

Pres. Trump's Pandemic Bans on Travel, Visa Hurting Binational Couples

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a medical center in Jerusalem, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020
AP Photo/Mahmoud IlleanSci/Health

How Has Israel Launched The World's Fastest COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 is administered to a front line worker in Hartford, Conn.
AP Photo/Jessica HillSci/Health

Vaccine Hoarding By Wealthy Nations Leaves Poorer Countries Behind

Mexican immigrant Magdalena Portillo is a housekeeper in Chicago.
City of ChicagoPolitics

Immigrant Women Disproportionately Hit By Pandemic Recession

Activists with signs supporting DACA
AP Photo/Damian DovarganesPolitics

Trump Administration Fully Restores DACA Protections For Immigrants

President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
AP Photo/Carolyn KasterPolitics

Can President-Elect Joe Biden Depoliticize Homeland Security?

American pop start Cher and Dr. Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with Four Paws International, with Kaavan, the elephant.
Instagram / Free The WildWorld

Cher Helps 'World's Loneliest Elephant' Find A New Home

Mourning fans wave at the caravan carrying the remains of Diego Maradona to his resting place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
AP / Rodrigo AbdWorld

Fans Mourn Soccer Legend Diego Maradona As 'Man Of The People'

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

Virus Surge Tests Sweden's Soft-Touch Approach

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

How Will Joe Biden Change Foreign Policy?

Relatives hug each other through a plastic film screen and a glass to avoid contracting COVID-19, at a nursing home in Italy.
Filippo Ciappi/LaPresse via APSci/Health

Some European Lockdowns Appear To Be Flattening COVID-19 Spread

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

World Leaders Call Biden, Vow COVID And Climate Change Collaboration

Immigrant activists
Luz ChavezPolitics

DACA Recipients Breathe A Sigh Of Relief With Biden Victory