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
A dealer conducts a game of roulette at a casino
Wayne Parry / APU.S.

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

The turtle known as Chonkosaurus is shown.
Joey SantoreU.S.

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

Immigrant families
Scripps NewsPolitics

Chicago's migrant crisis: Hundreds shelter inside police stations

Italian Beef Sandwich
Chris Pacelli Jr.Life

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
Charlie Riedel / APPolitics

Missouri judge blocks rule limiting gender-affirming health care

Avshalom Weinstein
Amnon WeinsteinEntertainment

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

Ngwa Augustine and his daughter
Scripps NewsWorld

From trauma to joy: Cameroonian family reunites in Chicago

Adrian Maydanich
Adrian MaydanichWorld

Maryland teen raises $22K for Ukrainian Jews' Passover

Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson celebrates with supporters.
Paul Beaty/APPolitics

Progressive Brandon Johnson narrowly wins Chicago's mayoral seat

Chicago mayoral candidates Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas shake hands.
Chicago Tribune / APPolitics

Democrats eye Chicago mayoral election with opposing crime platforms

Anastasiia Voronova
Anastasiia VoronovaWorld

Her dad is a Russian Air Force pilot, she’s an anti-Putin activist

Natalya Zavizistup sits at her desk.
Scripps NewsLife

Ukrainian mom's visit to the US turned into a mission to help refugees

Honolulu Police experimenting with a robot-like dog
AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco KelleherTech

Should police departments be able to use robots?

Hadi Abuatelah with his mother and family
Scripps NewsU.S.

Tension is building between Arab-Americans and police near Chicago

Julie Schwietert Collazo hugging Yeni Gonzalez

These women are helping reunite families separated at the border

Scripps News' Ben Schamisso helps make pizzas.
Scripps NewsLife

Yelp says Chicago isn't the best pizza city. Its chefs beg to differ

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot smiles as she listens during Women for Lori Rally in Chicago
Nam Y. Huh / APPolitics

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot loses reelection bid

People stand on a home lawn.
Scripps NewsPolitics

They opened their home to Ukrainians. Now it's time to say goodbye

A man sits in front of a destroyed building, in Adiyaman, southeastern Turkey
Emrah Gurel / APScience and Health

A Syrian American couple helps with aid after deadly earthquake

A man steps out of Lake Michigan.
Scripps NewsU.S.

This group starts its mornings with a frigid Lake Michigan swim

Ice fishing
Scripps NewsSports

Inside the largest ice fishing tournament in Minnesota

A hologram of Aaron Elster is shown.
Scripps NewsWorld

At the Illinois Holocaust Museum, holograms forever preserve survivors

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks with the media.

News trust is highest in Finland. Can the US learn from that?

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, center
Eraldo Peres / APWorld

How political unrest escalated into violence in Brazil

A man types on a computer.
Scripps NewsBusiness

Foreign tech workers on visas face uncertain futures amid layoffs

Hansel Enmanuel practices dunks.
Michael WykeSports

One-Armed Basketball Player Is Changing The Game On And Off Court

A memorial for the 19 children and two teachers killed in the Uvalde shooting sits outside of Robb Elementary
Acacia Coronado / APPolitics

2022 Year In Review: Gun Violence

Nataliia Pavliuk, right, and her daughter Yustyna, third from right, st.and with children and their artwork
Art Studio of Nataliia PavliukWorld

Ukrainian Kids Express Horrors Of War Through Art Therapy

People line up to apply for visas at the U.S. embassy in Brazil.
Eraldo Peres / APU.S.

Long Wait Times For Tourist Visas Could Be Hurting U.S. Economy

The Eight Crazy Nights pop-up bar

Chicago Bar Transforms Into Hanukkah Hot Spot During The Holidays