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Nick Ciolino

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Nick Ciolino has lived in and around Detroit, Michigan for most of his life.

He graduated from Wayne State University with an English degree, and interned as a reporter at WDET, Detroit’s NPR affiliate station.

Nick has worked in the city as a truck driver delivering cupcakes, a tire tech in an auto shop and a beer vender at Comerica Park.

In 2014, he began spending his summers in Alaska working as a commercial fisherman, and later as a reporter at KDLG in Dillingham, covering the wild Alaskan salmon run. It is from there he came to Delaware to host All Things Considered.

When he isn’t behind the mic or on assignment, Nick is probably picking a guitar or banjo and singing a tune.

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Officials say about 55 tons of oily debris have been removed from First State beaches since last week’s oil spill in the Delaware Bay.

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New Castle County Officials announced last week the winners of a raffle between communities in District 2 for Little Libraries.

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Woodbridge High School in Greenwood is closing temporarily over concerns surrounding an outbreak of COVID-19 cases there among staff and students.

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Three of the seven seats on Kent County Levy Court are up for grabs this election.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino has more on the candidates running in those races and the county issues they believe need to be addressed.

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The Capital School District is among the school districts statewide moving to some in-person learning starting next month. 


Cleanup efforts continue along the Delaware coast after Monday’s oil spill off Broadkill Beach.

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Officials with Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) say cleanup of an oil spill off of Broadkill Beach will likely take several days.

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A nonprofit group has opened a new community center in Newark.

Officials and volunteers with the Delaware Regional Dream Center are already providing backpacks and boxes full of snacks to students at five schools in the Red Clay and Christina School Districts.

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Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Lauren Witzke recently released her plan for economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has a lot less moving parts compared to the plans being argued over in Congress.

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Unemployment across the nation and in Delaware is still high, but continues its steady decline after spiking over the summer.


Bayhealth is planning a new facility in Sussex County offering emergency care. This comes after plans for an emergency care facility at the same site were scuttled last year.  

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The latest data shows Delaware’s childhood obesity rate is growing.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual State of Childhood Obesity report shows 16 percent of Delaware children ages 10 to 17 are obese.

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The First State continues to rank high nationally in the rate of cancer and resulting deaths. The latest Delaware data shows the rate of cancer and deaths from it continues to decline steadily, but at a slower rate than the nation as a whole. 

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The Food Bank of Delaware continues to hold mobile food pantries this month. Officials say the crowds are smaller than at the start of the pandemic, but the need remains.    

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The state recently reported a large-scale case of animal cruelty.


A 75-year-old Laurel woman was recently arraigned in JP Court in Georgetown on 35 counts of cruel neglect and 35 counts of failure to obtain a dog license.

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One of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was previously pardoned by Gov. John Carney (D-DE).

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A few state and local Republican officials say they intend to hold their own Return Day despite the Delaware post-election tradition being canceled.

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The University of Delaware is making more cutbacks to deal with the lost revenue during the pandemic.

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Delaware Technical Community College announced Wednesday it will continue conducting most courses online during the spring semester. 

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Some more school districts are moving to offer in-person learning options later this month—even as Delaware’s COVID-19 cases numbers trend up. 

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The First State gets some rare public polling data, and it shows the state remains reliably “blue” as the 2020 General election approaches.

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News that the President and First Lady both tested positive for the virus prompted Sen. Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester to get tested again.

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Like most other states,  Delaware has received a flood of unemployment claims since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s monthly unemployment rate was 10.5 percent in August after peaking at 15.8 percent in May.  And it is still much higher than the 3.9 percent rate reported this time last year.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Delaware Division of Unemployment Director Daryl Scott about the state’s various efforts to pay jobless benefits.

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Delaware small businesses are set to receive the first round of state loans offering additional pandemic relief.

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Delaware is among states with a high enough unemployment rate to qualify for extended benefits.

The “High Extended Benefits” program was written into the federal CARES Act. It kicks in when states average more than eight percent unemployment over a three-month period.

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State officials are reporting another record nesting year for one of Delaware’s endangered seabirds.

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A startup incubator in Delaware earns some federal support.

The Delaware Innovation Space was launched in 2017, partnering DuPont, the University of Delaware and the state to foster science-based startups in Delaware.

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Delaware is launching four Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) to serve Medicaid patients.

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A fencing company is moving into central Delaware to replace some lost manufacturing jobs.

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A recent survey lists Delaware as one of only four states no longer using restrictive housing as a disciplinary measure in its prison system.