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 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.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy of Atnre Alleyne

A group of young education advocates is working to gain skills to affect change this week. 


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

New Castle County continues to investigate solutions for two neighborhoods off Route 9 that are surrounded by heavy industry. 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Residents of several roads along the Route 9 corridor near the Port of Wilmington have complained of truck traffic they say degrades their quality of life. 


One such street may get the opportunity to move.




Delaware Public Media

State justice officials are trying to secure more payments from people who don’t pay their required child support.  


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

County land use staff and council members plan to make proposed legislation that would prevent expansion of a New Castle landfill more stringent.



Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Two organizations working to better the city of Wilmington are joining forces in an effort to increase their impact.


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Wilmington City Council has announced the candidates it will consider to fill its second vacancy in one year. 



State and U.S. Air Force officials announced last month that four drinking water wells near Dover Air Force Base were found to be contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. 


Courtesy of Bloom Energy

State regulators have slapped Bloom Energy with two violations and a $40,000 penalty for allegedly starting up new equipment before the company was allowed. 


Sophia Schmidt / Delaware Public Media

The historical marker installed in memory of lynching victim George White this summer has been stolen from Greenbank Park in Prices Corner.