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Sophia Schmidt

Reporter/Youth Media Producer

Sophia Schmidt grew up in New Castle County and joined Delaware Public Media in 2018. She previously worked on 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 has also written 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 and hiking.

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Nemours is looking at vaccinating healthy young people aged 16 and up, after starting with high-risk teens a few weeks ago. 

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Sussex County is Delaware’s last county to agree to reassess its property under a legal settlement. 

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Delaware will receive more money to deliver vaccine doses through the latest round of federal coronavirus relief. 

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Connections CSP now faces federal lawsuits over controlled substances and false claims. 

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Vulnerable migratory birds can rest a little easier at Mispillion Harbor this year, after conservationists secured another victory.

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The nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases is showing up in the First State as well. 

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Wilmington’s statues of Christopher Columbus and Caesar Rodney remain in limbo after being taken down amid racial justice protests last summer. Wilmington City Council will likely weigh in on what to do with them. 

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As more Delawareans get vaccinated, communities of color are still being left behind.

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Some Delawareans could see changes to their flood insurance premiums as early as this fall, under the National Flood Insurance Program’s new pricing system. 

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Wilmington City Council members want more input into the way federal COVID relief funds are spent in the City this time around. 

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In their latest effort to improve the city’s rental stock, elected officials in Wilmington are pushing for landlords to be required to have business licenses.

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Antarctica is half a world away from Delaware. But the way its ice melts due to climate change will affect how much sea levels rise all over the world, including the east coast of the U.S.

One University of Delaware researcher is trying to better understand how this melting happens. He sets off to Antarctica next January to do just that.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with coastal physical oceanographer and UD assistant professor Carlos Moffat about his plans for the five-year research and education grant he received from the National Science Foundation.

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Winterthur’s signature event is back this year. 

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A group of advocates on subcommittees of the state’s law enforcement reform taskforce is not happy with the progress it is making. 

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A teen charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a scuffle at a protest in Wilmington last September will not be prosecuted, state justice officials confirmed Tuesday. 

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Prosecutors want another shot at proving former executives of a Wilmington bank guilty of wrongdoing during the Great Recession. 

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The state is starting another round of matching grants to help young businesses grow. 

A group of Black students from across the state holds its first virtual open house Friday. Members are inviting school leadership, community members and elected officials to learn what the Delaware Black Student Coalition is all about. 

Flood risk is increasing in low-lying, coastal Delaware due to climate change.

But nationwide, flood insurance rates aren’t high enough to cover the growing risk, or even the risk right now. 

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt examines the cost of flood insurance in the First State.

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Planners are looking to address the truck traffic problem that residents around the Port of Wilmington face. 

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The Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) Board of Commissioners chose current state Division of Social Services Director Ray Fitzgerald to lead the agency.

New Castle County residents will not see a property tax increase next year. County Executive Matt Meyer proposes a budget without one.

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Small towns in Delaware will receive their own pools of federal money from the latest round of COVID relief. 

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You can eat dinner in the middle of Main Street in Newark again starting this week.

Wilmington residents won’t see higher taxes next fiscal year, despite a projected multi-million dollar deficit fueled by the pandemic. 

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The Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DEHAP) helped more than 4,000 households affected by COVID last year, spending a total of about $14.5 million, according to the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA). The state has much more money to give out in the upcoming round.

New Castle County released body camera footage Tuesday from a deadly police shooting earlier this year. The footage appears to contradict an earlier statement by County police.

Sussex County Council deferred taking action on a controversial proposal to generate natural gas from chicken waste in Seaford. 

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A toxic class of chemicals used in some firefighting foams made its way into drinking water in several places throughout the state. Lawmakers are looking to restrict use of the foam, to prevent more pollution.


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The University of Delaware rolled back some restrictions put in place two weeks ago to deal with a spike in COVID-cases among students.