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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Plans for a hotel beside Delaware Park were approved by County Council this week.

A four-story hotel is slated to go in next to the Delaware Park casino, racetrack and golf course.


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The Wilmington Area Planning Council’s study of the East 7th Street Peninsula in Wilmington is seeking its final public comment.


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Delaware’s unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest point in 30 years, according to the Delaware Department of Labor.


The rate dropped from 3.3 to 3.2 percent last month with 15,800 Delawareans claiming unemployment compared with 16,100 in March.

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Wilmington City Council overwhelmingly approved a 3.8 percent sewer fee increase for City residents starting July 1. And Mayor Mike Purzycki’s proposed capital budget passed by a slim margin— with seven votes in favor.



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The sound of drums and singing filled the air at the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro Saturday for the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s annual heritage day.


The state of New Jersey is suing several companies, including two from Delaware, for manufacturing and selling toxic firefighting foam products for decades— despite being aware of their dangers.

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Wilmington City Council is gearing up to vote on the mayor’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Council members seem largely supportive of the proposal, but some have lingering concerns.


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The state has launched a publicly accessible data tool to help Delawareans track health and environmental risks in their neighborhoods.


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As multiple school districts deal with fallout from failed referenda, state lawmakers are trying to make it easier for schools to raise taxes. But some administrators and school board members are not on board with the plan.


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The state Department of Education is taking a look at equity in and among First State schools.

Officials recently held their first equity summit and are developing a statewide equity plan in an effort to offer all students equal access to the people, resources and opportunities needed for a quality education— from school to school and within school buildings.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt recently talked with the state’s only school district-level equity officer, Tawanda Bond, about what changes she thinks are needed.