Delaware Public Media

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 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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Courtesy of the Brandywine Zoo

The Brandywine Zoo is closed through the end of February for construction.

The work marks the start of the Wilmington zoo’s $13 million master plan.

 


Linda Watson, courtesy of Kasai Guthrie

A 21-year-old is running for mayor of Newark.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with University of Delaware undergraduate student and mayoral candidate, Kasai Guthrie.

 

Courtesy of Polly for Newark

Newark Mayor Polly Sierer emailed City Council members Friday morning that she had decided not to seek a third term as mayor.

 


Courtesy of Delaware Women March - photographer unknown

Delawareans will march to celebrate women’s empowerment in Newark on Saturday.

 


The Delaware Department of Education has launched a new web tool for parents to dive into school data.

 


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The teachers’ union at the Odyssey Charter School in Greenville has presented a vote of no confidence to the school board. Board President Josiah Wolcott says he will not resign.

 


James Morrison, Delaware Public Media

The second trial of inmates allegedly involved in the February 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center began with opening statements Monday.

 


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When the historically Lenape Little Union Church in Cheswold, Del. burned down at the end of last month, a piece of history disappeared with it.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt sits down with Chief of the Lenape Indian Tribe of Delaware Dennis Coker and Richard Durham of an associated church about Little Union and it roots in the Lenape community.


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Throughout the City of Wilmington, shooting incidents were down 58 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. There were 115 fewer shooting victims.

 


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Federal officials announced Tuesday that full Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be available to participants for the month of February.

 

Roughly 137,000 Delaware residents rely on SNAP, according to state officials.

 


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