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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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Gov. John Carney signed a bill Thursday requiring public schools to teach certain elements of Black history. 

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The Salesianum School in Wilmington will receive a massive donation from a high-profile alum. 

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The state has upgraded charges against a man accused of killing a Delmar police officer. 

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Newark City Council approved another multi-story development on Main Street—weeks after rejecting it. 

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The Sussex Technical School District continues to repair its high school building—after the state repeatedly denied its bid to build a new one.   


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A few years ago, we brought you a story on a tool to help fishers avoid accidentally catching the endangered Atlantic sturgeon.

This week, we have an update on the locally developed technology.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with University of Delaware postdoctoral researcher Matthew Breece and UD College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment professor Matthew Oliver about how the tool is used—and how it’s evolved since it was first released. 


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Results are in for two multi-year air quality studies examining complaints from Delaware residents in industrial areas. 

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The state and City of Lewes are seeking public input on the environmental issues facing the town.  The goal is to make the town more resilient.

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More money will be available for residents and local governments recovering from a hurricane last year. This round will help prepare the state for future storms.

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An educational farm in northern Delaware is ramping up production — hoping to reach more people. 


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Wilmington City Council has thrown its support behind proposed changes to a law that keeps internal investigations into police misconduct secret from the public. 

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Hurricane season is officially underway. Delaware once again ranks last for preparedness through building codes—according to an analysis by an insurance research nonprofit.  

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Three Wilmington police officers were shot in an incident on North Market Street Wednesday night. 

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The ongoing renovation of Wilmington’s Rodney Square moves forward with a new splash fountain, and the return of the Downtown Farmers Market this summer. 

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New Castle County is ramping up efforts to help residents access laptops and WiFi hotspots from their local library.

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The annual count of Delawareans experiencing homelessness is way up from last year. 

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Delawareans are expected to travel more this summer than last — starting with this Memorial Day weekend.

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Delaware courts resume jury trials June 1. They have a massive backlog of cases to work through. 

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As coronavirus cases in the First State continue to drop, one of the state’s largest cities has relaxed its restrictions on gatherings. 

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The pandemic has been tough for kids like 12-year-old Neia Evans. 

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The City of Wilmington is eyeing a second developed riverfront.

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Delaware’s climate has gotten warmer and wetter in recent decades. The new climate “normals” the federal government released last week made this clear.

And Delaware’s farmers are among the groups working to adapt to the changes.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with Emmalea Ernest and David Owens of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension about what the First State’s “new normal” means for agriculture


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Wilmington City Council is renewing its commitment to fighting gun violence. 


Historic preservation advocates won a small victory in New Castle County this week.

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Newark City Council rejects another massive development plan for Main Street. But it might not be the end of this proposal.

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School board elections take place throughout the state Tuesday. Ten districts have at least one contested school board race.  

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Every ten years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) puts out new climate “normals.” The ones released Tuesday reinforce that Delaware is getting warmer and wetter.

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Coastal wetlands are considered key to mitigating climate change, because their plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in soil even faster than forests do. But research at a salt marsh near Dover raises questions about how much of a carbon “sink” tidal wetlands really are, and if that’s changing as the climate warms.

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Both of Delaware’s major universities will require students to be vaccinated in order to return to campus this fall.

   

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Residents and advocates have long pushed for Wilmington police to wear body cameras. That call will soon become a reality.

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