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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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New Castle County Council passed County Executive Matt Meyer’s proposed operating and capital budgets along with legislation meant to encourage development Tuesday.

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New Castle County Council is set to consider the budget for next fiscal year Tuesday.


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Kids at the University of Delaware’s children’s campus are getting access to a new outdoor learning space.


Prosperity Now, Racial Wealth Divide in Wilmington

A vast divide in the amount of wealth accumulated by white families and families of color persists in the U.S.— and by some reports, has grown in the past few decades.

That divide is reflected in Delaware’s largest city, where the median household income for black and Latino households is half that of white households— according to a study by D.C.-based nonprofit Prosperity Now.


The jury has delivered a verdict in the third trial of inmates allegedly involved in a deadly 2017 prison uprising.


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The Wilmington Public Library is trying something different to encourage kids to read.


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Wilmington City Council reconsidered Mayor Mike Purzycki’s 2020 budget plan Tuesday.


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Delawareans joined #StopTheBans rallies across the country Tuesday.

Advocates gathered on Wilmington's Rodney Square protested recent legislation restricting or largely banning abortions in states including Alabama and Missouri.


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Archeologists are resuming the quest to find the lost Fort Casimir in Historic New Castle.


Fort Casimir was originally built by Dutch settlers on the shore of the Delaware River in New Castle in 1651.

Plans for a hotel beside Delaware Park were approved by County Council this week.

A four-story hotel is slated to go in next to the Delaware Park casino, racetrack and golf course.