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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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Farmers markets in New Castle County are open for business again.  Five county-run markets started a new season last week.


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Delaware beaches, boardwalks and mansions are being showcased in a new promotional video produced by the state Tourism Office.

The East Coast’s largest free Jazz fest will feature R&B singer-songwriter Brian McKnight, Cuban Jazz icon Arturo Sandoval, Wilmington natives Ernie Watts and Sara Lazarus, and more.

Proposed legislation allowing Delaware counties with a population of over 500,000 to collect a lodging tax of up to three percent was joined this week by a bill seeking to let municipalities do the same.


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Residents across the state are supposed to head to the polls for school board elections next Tuesday.  But one organization is concerned voters won’t show up.

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A group of former top executives at Wilmington Trust has been found guilty in a federal fraud trial.

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Creative District Wilmington’s “Rock Lot” kicked off its first full season of programming last night with dancing monks and a drum circle.

The West Center City pocket park was filled with music by the visiting Dancing Monks of Assam, a circle of amateur drummers and a crowd of jubilant onlookers.

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Senators Coons and Carper and Congresswoman Blunt Rochester toured Nemours’ research labs at the Dupont Experimental Station Tuesday.


The Nemours biomedical research facility is one of the anchors of the reimagined Experimental Station site.

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Three Delaware forests were inducted into the national Old Growth Forest Network as part of last week’s observance of Arbor Day.

Photo courtesy of the Delaware Department of Agriculture

Last week, a group of Gambian dignitaries visited Delaware.

The group included Gambian First Lady Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow and Minister of Agriculture Omar Jallow.


Some Charter School of New Castle elementary and middle school students will be able to keep learning after the school year ends in June.

A $400,000 annual grant from the U.S. Department of Education is bringing the school, New Castle County, and YMCA’s Western and Bear-Glasgow branches together on a new summer program.

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Delaware’s biannual Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday.


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Wilmington city officials welcomed the new 96-suite Residence Inn by Marriott on North Market St. with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.  



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The Georgetown Public Library is hosting a presentation Thursday about racial injustice in Delaware.

The event, organized mainly by the ACLU of Delaware, will focus on history of the issue in the First State, as well as present day racial justice campaigns.

Players in New Jersey are set to join Delaware and Nevada in a multi-state online poker pool May 1st.

25 low-income census tracts in Delaware were designated as Federal “Opportunity Zones” last week. This means there are now federal tax incentives for investment in those areas.



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Two New Castle County nominations for the National Register of Historic Places were approved at the county and state levels last week. They now seek approval at the national level, where they could be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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A random inspection by U.S. Customs at the Port of Wilmington on Wednesday resulted in narcotics seizures and three arrests.

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Eisenberg Elementary School in New Castle officially opened its Wellness Center Thursday.

Colonial School District officials say it’s the first of its kind in Delaware.




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A Delaware Department of Justice investigation into the use of deadly force by officers against the suspect in last spring’s fatal shooting of a State Trooper is complete.



The Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium had its annual summit Tuesday.

A central issue at the summit was Delaware’s infant mortality rate, which stands at almost eight deaths in 1,000 live births, according to the CDC.

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Student loan company Sallie Mae cut the ribbon on its second Delaware location Monday.


The new office, on Christiana Road in New Castle, will host a call center as well as operations and customer service positions. It will fit over 500 employees, but currently houses only 321.

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Delaware’s Department of Correction has a new incentive program that seeks to help fill Correctional Officer vacancies throughout the state.

As of this week, new Correctional Officers get a hiring bonus of $3000, paid in two installments.

Bank of America has found a single buyer for two Wilmington buildings—Bracebridge I on N. King St. and Bracebridge III on N. French St.— that it announced were for sale in February of last year.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has come out against the work of University of Delaware professor Dr. Tania Roth, who studies the biological effects of childhood mistreatment using rats.

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Winterthur has named Carol Cadou as its new director and CEO. She’s currently Senior Vice President of Historic Preservation & Collections at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and has over two decades of experience in the museum field.