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 arts, 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 covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.  Sophia enjoys throwing pottery, hiking and cooking for family and friends.

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A federal appeals court has ruled against a Delaware law requiring political balance among judges on First State courts.

The Delaware constitution requires judgeships on some courts be split almost evenly between the two major political parties.

After Sunday’s fire at the Delaware City Refinery, some residents are complaining of poor communication and unanswered questions.


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Wilmington City Council has passed an ordinance changing the way it fills vacant seats.

The legislation passed Thursday aims to speed up the process of filling the 1st District council seat — which has been open for nearly three months.


The Delaware Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently hosted its first Maternal Health Awareness Day.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks with the group’s leader, Dr. Gordon Ostrum, about ongoing challenges to maternal health in the First State.

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Three more people in Delaware have died from the flu.


These bring the number of flu-related deaths so far this season up to eight, according to the Division of Public Health (DPH).


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Delaware residents receiving federal food assistance will likely feel the effects of the recent government shutdown into March.


There are now three candidates vying for Mayor of Newark.

Longtime City Councilman George "Jerry" Clifton announced this week he’s entering the race.


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Organizations across the First State are splitting over a million dollars to continue their work to reduce homelessness.


via Red Clay Consolidated School District Facebook page

The Red Clay Consolidated School District is moving forward in its search for a new superintendent.

The school board has settled on two finalists.

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki recently issued an executive order creating a committee to ensure an accurate count of city residents in the federal census next year.

“I applaud the Mayor,” said Maria Matos, president of the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington and former census taker. Matos says the outreach the committee is tasked with is crucial.