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Sophia Schmidt

Reporter/Youth Media Producer

Sophia Schmidt grew up in New Castle County. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced 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 wrote for the college paper.  Sophia enjoys throwing pottery, hiking and cooking for family and friends.

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Delaware’s junior U.S. senator will face a progressive primary challenge next year.


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Despite an upcoming loss of beds for the chronically homeless in Wilmington, a state homelessness expert says the number of emergency shelter beds remains relatively unchanged. 


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The new “community green space” at 7th and West Streets arose from nine remediated vacant lots. The park features a membership-based community garden with eleven raised beds and a space for concerts and other programming.

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The City of Wilmington issued new grant funds to the Wilmington Housing Partnership to allow work to resume on four affordable townhouses on Vandever Ave. The basis for the move is a repayment plan for a debt the administration considers uncollectable. 


As a New Castle County plan to limit development on septic systems faces pushback, a council member is advocating a different approach.


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State environmental regulators are allowing a chemical manufacturer near New Castle to restart a plant where a toxic gas leak occurred last November. The company plans to install a community alarm, which neighbors have requested.


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The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays has finished part of its monitoring of pilot artificial oyster reefs installed this year, and early signs look promising. 


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City Council President Hanifa Shabazz tabled a vote on a resolution to approve the Wilmington 2028 comprehensive plan following a contentious public hearing last week.


White-collar employees in the City of Wilmington will get a 2 percent cost of living wage increase next fiscal year under a new contract agreement approved by the workers’ union this week.

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Wilmington City Council is taking a stand about what some says is insufficient diversity on the city’s police force.