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.

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One low-lying Wilmington neighborhood is expected to be highly susceptible to rising sea levels down the road.  But before tackling that challenge, a solution to the chronic flooding it already faces is being built.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt explores that project, and what else might need to be done to keep the neighborhood livable long term.


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University of Delaware students, activists and elected officials gathered at UD’s Newark campus Friday to demand action on climate change. 


The “Healthy Communities” subcommittee organized by council members Rysheema Dixon and Yolanda McCoy met for the first time Wednesday to discuss draft legislation that would crack down on vacant properties in the city. 


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The State Division of Small Business announced the ten winners of its first round of EDGE grants Wednesday.


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More Delaware teachers will get state assistance paying back their student loans this year. 


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The City of Wilmington plans to reform its parking enforcement system. The announcement follows complaints by AAA Mid-Atlantic about the city’s ticketing, towing and appeals processes. 


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The federal rollback of a controversial Obama-era Clean Water Act rule is getting mixed reactions in Delaware.

Three inmates involved in the 2017 riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna were sentenced Friday.

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The 42nd annual Nanticoke Indian PowWow brought the woods alive in Millsboro this past weekend.

The Nanticoke Indian Tribe is one of Delaware’s two state-recognized Native American tribes.

And it hosts an annual powwow which draws members of other tribes around the region, and raises money for the tribe’s nonprofit Nanticoke Indian Association and its museum. It also serves as a reunion for members of the Nanticoke community.

For this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt visited this year's event.

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Delmarva Power announced it secured approval to offer residential electric customers in Delaware three energy efficiency programs. The company estimates the programs could help customers save more than $10 dollars a month.