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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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Wilmington City Council members are pushing to see more data about economic and health disparities in the city.

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The state has settled recent violations with a controversial chemical company in the New Castle area.



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The University of Delaware detected a spike in COVID-19 cases among students this week. The school is beefing up safety precautions in response. 

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New Castle County Council resolved to focus future federal coronavirus relief money on underserved communities Tuesday.

The Wilmington Public Library held an “Amateur Sweet Potato Pie Contest” Tuesday as part of its celebration of Black History Month.

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A Newark Charter student was among hundreds of young coders across the country to win the Congressional App Challenge.  

Pastor Aaron Trigg was at home when the water arrived in Rainelle. It had been raining hard all day, filling the creeks and rivers that run through southern West Virginia. In the past, such intense downpours would only last a few hours. But this storm brought wave after wave of torrential rain.

"You could hear the water up in the mountains just crashing trees," Trigg remembers.

Rainelle is a small town in a steep valley. When the creek near downtown jumped its banks on the evening of June 23, 2016, the water immediately flooded into every home on Trigg's block.

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Wilmington City Council finally passed a revision to its housing code—after years of modifications and rejections. The measure is an attempt to crack down on problem landlords.

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It’s been just two years since girls were allowed into Scouts BSA — formerly known as Boy Scouts.

But in that time one Delaware girl has worked all the way through the scouting ranks, to the top rank of Eagle Scout.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt has her story.

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The State of Delaware is fighting to keep its suit against fossil fuel companies over climate change in state court. 


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Wilmington City Council will once again consider a proposal that aims to address the city’s housing stock.


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Delaware has another instance of PFAS pollution on its hands. 

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Wilmington City Council is set to consider two different proposals to revamp public participation in its meetings Thursday. 

A Sussex County commission pressed pause on approving a plan to generate natural gas from chicken waste in Seaford. 

Frontier Airlines has officially restarted commercial air service at the Wilmington-New Castle Airport.

New Castle County Council approved expanding the county police force from 400 to 415 officers Tuesday—a move the County Executive supports. 

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An effort to massively expand a commercial building on Newark’s Main Street hit another roadblock, after Newark City Council rejected a parking waiver that would have allowed the redevelopment project to go forward.

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Any commercial or industrial business in the state can now access a new way to finance energy projects— thanks to a recent expansion of the D-PACE program. 

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YWCA Delaware is starting “white ally” groups next week as part of its “dialogue to action” series. The groups of ten people each will meet virtually, once a month, for ten months. 

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New Castle County started analyzing its sewer water for COVID-19 last spring.

Late last year, it moved that analysis to the University of Delaware’s Center for Environmental and Wastewater-based Epidemiological Research (CEWER).

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with CEWER director Kali Kniel about this work.

Residents and businesses in the City of Newark will get the option to purchase 100 percent renewable energy later this year. 

Delaware can claim to be the only state without a commercial airport for just a few more days. 

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The City of Wilmington’s gun violence problem is not going away. Last year, it got worse. 

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New Castle County has agreed to reassess all properties for tax purposes by July 2023 — after decades of not doing so. It’s the latest development in the educational equity lawsuit filed by civil rights advocates.

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The state environmental agency reports "promising" results from a pilot project to remediate contamination around the Christina River.

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DelDOT’s massive restoration project on the I-95 corridor around Wilmington is just weeks away. 


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Delaware businesses can still sign up for the latest round of Paycheck Protection Program loans. 

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The state is officially tweaking its guidance around giving Delawareans second doses of the coronavirus vaccine. 

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Senate Republicans have signalled an unwillingness to convict former President Donald Trump in his impending impeachment trial. One of Delaware's senators is not giving up. 

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Delaware is still struggling with a shortage of coronavirus vaccine — but an end may be in sight.