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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Katie Wilson / Office of U.S. Senator Tom Carper

The Delaware State Fire School will now be able to upgrade its programs with the help of a federal grant.

Joined by Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, Monday morning, the Delaware State Fire School was awarded over $300,000 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. They plan to use it to buy a car fire prop and a commercially made burn simulator.

Delaware Forest Service

Delaware wildland firefighters are headed to Denver this week to battle wildfires for The National Interagency Fire Center.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media


NASA is prepping its Space Launch System and Orion Spacecraft for the launch to Mars in 2018. To Brian Duffy, a retired NASA astronaut, this mission is a powerful next step for NASA in uncovering some of the mysteries behind Mars.

Arlo Hemphill / Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean

A regional planning body wants to bring groups together to promote a healthy ocean ecosystem.

Casey Marker / MERR

Preliminary numbers from an annual dolphin count Saturday give hope that the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin population is rebounding.

image via NASA

NASA’s Juno probe reached Jupiter earlier this month after a 5 year journey.  It’s now orbiting the planet and sending photos of the mysterious gas giant back to Earth. It’s all part of a mission that aims to gather information on the planet and improve our understanding of its origins.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media science reporter Katie Peikes talks with University of Delaware physics and astronomy professor Sally Dodson-Robinson about some of Jupiter’s mysteries and some of the questions she hopes to see answered.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

Sunscreen use may be at an all-time high during peak tourism season in Delaware, but excess pollution could have a detrimental impact on the horseshoe crab population.

Local homeless rights activists are raising awareness in downtown Dover about a need for more affordable housing.

Katie Peikes / Delaware Public Media

The need to find qualified people to fill cybersecurity jobs has institutions like Delaware State University hosting summer camps to boost technical skills. 

Former founders of Wilmington-based biotech company Incyte have filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to start a new company in Newark.


The company will be called Prelude Therapeutics Inc and will specialize in developing new medicines that can treat cancer and rare diseases by targeting chromatin function.