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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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Educators in the First State should start getting vaccinated next week. 

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One more Delawarean has died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total coronavirus death toll to 1,027 Thursday.

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The online system for seniors in Delaware to sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine is already getting lots of traffic.


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As Senate confirmation hearings for some of Joe Biden’s core cabinet nominees begin, the impending impeachment trial of outgoing President Trump looms. Lawmakers from Delaware hope to balance the tasks.

  

  

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Delawareans over age 65 and others in phase 1B of the state’s vaccine rollout will soon be able to receive vaccinations. 

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The new hotel-turned-homeless-shelter in New Castle received some necessary items as part of Martin Luther King Day of Service. 

 

A bill to eventually expand renewable energy use in the First State will be heard in committee Tuesday. 

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The leader of the Delaware GOP continues to support the outgoing president, even as some Republicans in Congress turn their backs on him. 


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Arrests are still rolling in for those involved in the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Delaware’s Attorney General is pushing for full accountability.

 

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A recent FBI memo reportedly warns there are plans by far-right extremists to march on state capitals in all 50 states this weekend. 


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Many— including President-elect Joe Biden— have pointed out the difference between the police response to white pro-Trump extremists invading the U.S. Capitol last week and the response to racial justice protests last year.

  

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Threats of additional extremist violence in the U.S. Capitol and elsewhere next week are circulating. Delaware’s U.S. Senators urge better security—and intelligence—for President-elect Biden’s inauguration. 

  

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Lawmakers hope to change Delaware’s state primary date to increase participation. 

 

Salt marshes are known as a “sink” for global warming-causing carbon.

That’s important for Delaware, since the small, coastal state has lots of these ecosystems.

But what scientists didn’t know is that they also hold another, even more potent greenhouse gas - methane. That’s the conclusion of research out of the University of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks UD researcher Rodrigo Vargas about how science missed this detail, and what it might mean for mitigating climate change.


Calls are growing for President Trump to be removed from office after his supporters staged an armed insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. 

All three members of Delaware’s congressional delegation are safe following the breach of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists Wednesday afternoon. Two are calling for the President to resign or be removed.


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Delaware hit a new record for COVID-related hospitalizations. 

458 Delawareans are now hospitalized with the virus—several more than the previous record of 454 set late last month.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki was sworn into his second term Tuesday. He took the oath of office from home, where the 75-year-old is recovering from emergency heart surgery he had late last week. 

Elected officials—both returning and new— are taking oaths of office in New Castle County Tuesday.

 

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer was sworn in for his second term Tuesday morning. 

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Legislation already introduced for the upcoming General Assembly session could change how Delawareans vote absentee. 

  

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The hotel-turned-homeless-shelter in New Castle began taking its first referrals through the state last week. 

 

The New Castle County Hope Center’s first residents arrived almost three weeks ago.


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Most Delawareans won’t be able to take their groceries home in a disposable plastic bag starting Friday.

  

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki is recovering from emergency heart surgery he had Wednesday morning. 

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State public health officials urge Delawareans not to go out or gather with others on New Year’s Eve to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

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A bill that’s already been introduced for the upcoming General Assembly session would stop youth incarceration in adult prisons in Delaware.

  

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Residents of northeast Wilmington struggling with food insecurity now have another option for free, healthy food. 

  

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The state is trying to prevent staff layoffs at school districts and charters due to enrollment drops during the pandemic. 

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Rental assistance in Delaware threatened to run up against a spending deadline this month. But the state expects to be able to use it all, and have much more funding to help with rent in the new year.

  

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Another inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has died after contracting COVID-19. 

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Congress passed a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief bill Monday. Sen. Chris Coons is already looking to the next one.


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