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Sophia Schmidt

Reporter/Youth Media Producer

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. 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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The Wilmington Housing Authority joined state and local officials Monday to show off a new solar array at the former 180-unit WHA Southbridge Extension site in Wilmington’s Southbridge neighborhood.




Newark residents and non-resident property owners will vote Tuesday on whether the city borrows nearly $28 million.

The bond debt would pay for improvements to the city’s sewer and water systems, a park, and a stormwater facility on a former University of Delaware dorm site—as well as several smaller projects.


Destiny Grimes, sophomore at Middletown High School

Many fathers in Wilmington have a hard time staying involved in their children’s lives, especially if they’re incarcerated.

Ajawavi Ajavon started an initiative in 2014 to help single and re-entry dads with parenting skills.


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The Brandywine Zoo is seeking to make a $10 to 13 million transformation, and presented its plan to the public Thursday.



The proposal would rearrange the campus, add  several new animal exhibits and upgrade visitor amenities.

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Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki announced a new daily employment program for residents focused on cleaning city streets and neighborhoods.


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New Castle County Council narrowly approved a FY2019 budget Tuesday.

The compromise spending plan, which features a 15 percent property tax increase effectively phased in over two years, passed by a 7-5 vote, with one council member absent.


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The Wilmington Police Department is using a new tool to keep citizens informed about crime happening around them.


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Dupont Industrial Biosciences officially opened a renovated building at the Experimental Station Friday. The business was previously scattered amongst several buildings on the campus.


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June is LGBTQ Pride Month nationally, and this year, it’ll officially be Pride Month in the City of Wilmington too.

The Coalition to Keep Bus Service on Rodney Square received the last set of records it requested from Gov. Carney’s office regarding changes to bus service in Wilmington.