Delaware Public Media

Katie Peikes

Science Reporter/Fill-In Host

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 in Hartford and WDIY in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She even had a brief stint writing technology news for a magazine in Ireland.

When she's not in the office, Katie enjoys hiking, running, skiing or kayaking at one of Delaware's state parks.

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Delmarva Power and Pepco Holdings

Puerto Rico has been struggling to fully restore power since Hurricane Maria hit in September. It even suffered a major island-wide power outage this week.


Over the past two months, Pepco Holdings sent employees from its regional utility companies, including two crews of 25 from Delmarva Power, Atlantic City Electric and Pepco — to the island to assist with power restoration efforts.



The second crew returned from Puerto Rico earlier this month.


American Lung Association

A new report from the American Lung Association slaps New Castle County with a failing air quality grade for the 19th year in a row.

Courtesy of DNREC's Division of Parks & Recreation

State parks officials are looking to expand on the trails system at Cape Henlopen State Park and are holding an open house Thursday evening in Lewes for the public to weigh in on the proposed changes.

A new report from financial consultant Analysis Group shows how Delaware and eight other states involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have used program proceeds since 2015 and the impact to local and regional economies.

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State health officials are advising Delaware residents to avoid eating chopped romaine lettuce, as several nearby states including Pennsylvania have seen E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona.


Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Delaware and nationwide, which is why doctors at Christiana Care Health System are working towards new approaches to catch it in early stages and improve treatments.

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State health officials are warning Delawareans of an e-cigarette trend that has youth fired up: JUULing.


Courtesy of University of Delaware

A team of First State scientists has developed a text alert system that can inform fishermen of the presence of endangered Atlantic Sturgeon in the Delaware Bay.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

Two companies that haul nonhazardous liquid waste for Allen Harim Foods are seeking to change their permits as the poultry producer awaits approval to house a deboning operation in Millsboro.

Delaware Public Media

The Delaware River Basin Commission says it received more than 8,000 submissions of comments on a proposed fracking ban in the Delaware River Basin. Members plan to review input from petitions, comments and individual letters that will help them decide how to move forward with a ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin.