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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Open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is underway. One organization is continuing to help people sign up, despite federal funding cuts.

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Eden Park and Hamilton Park have been advocating for solutions to the environmental issues in their neighborhoods for years. Newly released results of a community survey show residents' perceptions of these issues—and thoughts on relocation.

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Some key legislative races could have a serious impact on the look of the General Assembly, including the race for the state Senate seat in District 4.


Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talked to incumbent Republican state senator Greg Lavelle and his challenger, Democrat Laura Sturgeon.


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State officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Control know there are elevated dust levels in Eden Park, but don’t know where exactly the dust is coming from.


Last month they installed new equipment that may help them figure that out— by looking at specific components of the dust and tracking those in real time with wind direction.




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New Castle County has secured over $400,000 in back taxes from a delinquent landlord with multiple properties in Claymont.


Courtesy of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington

The Delaware Department of Justice confirms  it is conducting an investigation of potential criminal conduct by clergy or other personnel within the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.

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The jury heard more testimony from inmate Royal Downs Wednesday during the trial of three inmates allegedly involved in last year’s riot at Vaughn Correctional Center.



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The trial of one inmate allegedly involved in last year’s riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has been delayed because of issues between the defendant and his counsel.


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As the trials of three inmates allegedly involved in last year’s riot at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center continue, the state has called one of its key witnesses—an inmate who also allegedly participated in the riot.


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New Castle County residents south of the C&D canal are getting a new library.