Delaware Public Media

Sophia Schmidt

Reporter/Youth Media Producer

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews, and contributed to Gracie Award-winning coverage of the #MeToo Movement. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.  Sophia enjoys throwing pottery, hiking and cooking for family and friends.

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The City of Newark’s search for a new City Manager will take a bit longer.

Neither of the two recently identified finalists is being offered the job.

City Manager candidates Vincent Jones and Mark Reeter held a public meet-and-greet this week, and advanced to a final round of interviews with City Council Wednesday.

Following a special meeting Thursday, City Council decided not to make an offer to either candidate.

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The state’s annual Summer Library Challenge has worked to get kids reading while they’re not in school for almost 40 years.

As part of this year’s theme, “Libraries Rock,” Delaware’s Division of Libraries brought a hip-hop literacy performance program to libraries across the state.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt recently sat down with the creator and performer of these programs, Bomani Armah, after a 1-hour hip-hop lesson at the Kirkwood library.

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Mental health was the topic of a parent-teen wellness summit held by Jewish Family Services of Delaware and the Siegel Jewish Community Center Wednesday.

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Johns Hopkins researchers presented a study of Delaware’s opioid use treatment system to state officials and stakeholders this week.

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The state’s Behavioral Health Consortium is getting an assist from the Pew Charitable Trusts as it works to battle the opioid crisis locally.

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Licensed mental health professionals in Delaware are now prohibited from practicing conversion therapy on minors, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. John Carney Monday.

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Ground Up computer science camp, which was started by two high schoolers, has expanded this summer beyond its pilot program.

A group of environmental advocates plan to converge on Rodney Square in Wilmington Saturday morning.

They’ll be led by high schoolers.

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A community health fair to raise awareness about resources available to prevent STDs and teen pregnancies is scheduled in Wilmington Saturday.

The City of Newark has moved forward in its search for its next City Manager.

The first round of interviews for the position was held last week by the City Council. Two candidates are moving forward in the recruitment process.