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 reinforced its ruling striking down a requirement for political balance among judges on some First State courts.


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Tuesday's annual Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium summit in Wilmington focused on the disparity between maternal and infant health outcomes for white and black women in Delaware.


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The 28th annual Christina River Watershed Cleanup sent volunteers to pick up trash at 13 sites in northern New Castle County Saturday. Experts say the river's main problems are excess nitrogen and sediment, largely from farms upstream.


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Wilmington City Council passed a resolution Thursday backing an effort in Dover to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Delaware from 18 to 21 years old.


Children of color can internalize society’s harmful messages about skin tone at a young age.

It’s an issue two Delaware moms tackle in their children’s book I Love Your Brown.  And Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt sat down with those moms this week to discuss it. 

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Researchers with the Pew Charitable Trusts are offering the First State  eight ways to improve its response to the opioid crisis.


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The 2020 U.S. Census is less than a year away. As state, county and municipal governments are kicking off efforts to ensure a ‘complete count’ in the First State, libraries are playing an increasing role in helping the First State get an accurate count.


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Some environmental justice advocates are not satisfied with the state’s recent settlement with a chemical company over a toxic leak last year.


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Delaware state employees became eligible for paid family leave Monday.

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The state and a chemical company have reached a settlement over the toxic gas leak that shut down the Delaware Memorial Bridge last fall.