Ben Schamisso

Ben Schamisso

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 Scripps News 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.

Recent Work
Children playing with toys.

Federal child care funding from American Rescue Plan Act ending

Migrants are reflected in a marble wall while taking shelter in Chicago.

New York, Chicago urge Biden admin to expedite work visas for migrants

A group of Nordson Green Earth Foundation volunteers

Tiny forests: Greening America's urban landscapes, one plot at a time

iPhone 15 pro in someone's hand

The end of cable clutter: Apple adopts USB-C for iPhone 15

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind.

Families of victims react to potential plea deals for 9/11 defendants

Grilled shrimp

Shrimping in the Midwest: A sustainable solution for America's seafood

The Trinidad ship

A 142-year-old sunken ship has been found in Lake Michigan

Siam Pasarly talking with some Afghan refugees

Many Afghan refugees face 'mental torture' over unstable future in US

Immigrants from Venezuela are reflected in a marble wall while taking shelter at a Chicago Police station.

Chicago migrant crisis: Scenes of desperation inside police stations

Yulia Davydova and her four daughters

Small Wisconsin town welcomes 50 Ukrainian refugees

Bottles of different mustards

Spreading joy one jar at a time at the National Mustard Museum

Mega Millions lottery tickets.

Mega Millions jackpot soars to record $1.55 billion

Jeppson's Malört liquor bottles

Malört celebrates 90 years: Chicago's bitter liqueur endures

Bike riders participating in the race

Chicago bike tour commemorates 1919 race riots

Chicago Skyline

Study: Underground climate change causing ground to shift in Chicago

Soccer balls on a patch of grass.

Bridging the gap: Chicago sports program unites migrants and residents

Chicago Police Department

Chicago police probing claims of officers' sexual misconduct

A visitor wipes tears at a remembrance ceremony in Highland Park, Illinois.

Highland Park, Ill. community honors victims of July 4 deadly shooting

Construction ahead of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race.

Concerns and cheers: NASCAR's first street race is coming to Chicago

Soldiers being greeting by supporters

Ukrainian war amputees find healing and support at Minnesota clinic

A rally outside a federal courthouse with DACA signs

DACA recipients face uncertain future as program enters 11th year

A hot dog at Chicago's Windy City Hot Dog Fest.

Hot dog heaven: Sampling classic and exotic franks at Chicago fest

Rabbi Daniel Bogard.

Rabbi with trans child says state government is at war with his family

People dip toasted ravioli in marinara sauce

From tipsy mishap to iconic dish: How toasted ravioli came to be

A dealer conducts a game of roulette at a casino

Chicago residents could soon own a piece of the city's first casino

The turtle known as Chonkosaurus is shown.

From rusty chains to internet fame, meet Chicago's giant river turtle

Immigrant families

Chicago's migrant crisis: Hundreds shelter inside police stations

Italian Beef Sandwich

The Italian beef: A century-old sandwich that stands the test of time

Julia Williams holds a sign in counterprotest during a rally in favor of a ban on gender-affirming health care legislation

Missouri judge blocks rule limiting gender-affirming health care

Avshalom Weinstein

Violins of Hope: Holocaust-era instruments brought back to life