Delaware Public Media

Katie Peikes

Science/General Assignment reporter

Katie Peikes came to Delaware from Logan, Utah, where she worked as a municipal government reporter for a newspaper while simultaneously serving as a correspondent for Utah Public Radio covering science, technology, transportation and features. Originally from Connecticut, she has contributed as an intern to other member stations including WNPR News in Hartford and WDIY in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her interest in science and technology news comes from the opportunities she had to cover environmental stories in Utah. She has published numerous pieces on Cache County’s air quality, water quality, waste management and solar energy.

When she’s not searching for stories or reading about the latest tech and science trends, Katie enjoys hiking, running, skiing and watching Seinfeld reruns.

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New Castle County will soon deploy a technology that uses sound waves to detect if a sewer line is clean or dirty. County officials demonstrated the technology in Bear Thursday morning.



Courtesy of MERR Institute

A wayward harbor seal many Delawareans know as “Phil” was successfully rescued Monday.



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Climate change and coastal storms could put Delaware’s beach tourism industry in jeopardy and a new report from Delaware Sea Grant looks at ways to address that.



Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

A long-awaited sports facility officially opened in Frederica this month and is already booked solid with games and tournaments.



Ozone pollution continues to be a threat to Delaware, according to a report from Environment America Research & Policy Center.



John Lee


Delaware shellfish enthusiasts are a step closer to raising oysters and clams as lottery applications are now available for shellfish farming leases in the Inland Bays.



Courtesy of Anne Green / UUFN


Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School student Vyshnavi Kosigishroff grew up in a family of scientists. When she was eight years old, she began to take an interest in Delaware’s factories, emitting plumes of toxic chemicals into the air every day. 


One day, she turned to her dad and asked him what the toxic chemicals were, and he told her about air quality and ozone.



Delaware Department of Agriculture

Surveys from the U.S. Department of Agriculture predict Delaware’s principal crops, including corn and soybeans, will occupy more than 400,000 acres of Delaware farmland this year.


Often used as chicken feed, corn and soybeans help drive Delaware’s robust poultry industry.

Kieran Hunt / Wikimedia Commons

More Atlantic white cedar trees will soon be growing in Delaware’s Ponders Tract as part of an effort to turn the former plantation into a more diverse forest.


The Nature Conservancy and 18 volunteers planted 600 Atlantic white cedar seedlings at the Ponders Tract in Ellendale last week.


The Atlantic White Cedar is an evergreen species. It’s native in Atlantic border states from Maine to Florida.


University of Delaware

A new bill in the General Assembly would make it easier for people with stage 4 cancer to access stronger, more costly treatments. 




Insurance companies require Delaware cancer patients to try and fail cheaper, less intrusive treatments before they can move up to stronger, more costly medication.