Katie Peikes


Dover, DE

Katie Peikes

Science/Health/Tech Reporter.



Free dental care helps Delaware children put a smile on

More than 160 children got their teeth cleaned for free in Dover this past weekend at the Delaware State Dental Society’s annual “Give Kids A Smile" event. The waiting room at Dr. Douglas Ditty’s office is packed. Some of the children here had their teeth cleaned weeks or months ago, and are in for a quick check-up.
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Exercising in space and on Earth

Working in a microgravity environment allows astronauts to grow about 3 percent taller. But extended time in weightlessness can also accelerate bone loss, causing astronauts to lose bone mass at about the same rate as a postmenopausal woman. A NASA scientist has been studying this rapid bone deterioration and thinks her findings on what’s experienced in space can be used here on Earth — as well as potential future missions to Mars.
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Bus driver shortage prevails in some Delaware school districts

The school year starts this week for many schools in the First State, but some districts are worried they don’t have enough bus drivers to transport students to and from school. One by one, buses pull into Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, as drivers get to know their routes for the upcoming school year.
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Understanding your "incredible, flexible brain"

Your brain controls your senses, your movement and your thoughts. It’s essentially what makes you, you. At University of Delaware’s Laboratory Preschool this summer, teachers took a hands-on approach to guiding children ages four through eight through the science of the brain. The second Laura Morris pushes a button on her speakers, a group of 4- to 5-year-olds perks up.
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'Phil the Seal' returns to the wild

After spending more than two months in rehabilitation, Phil the harbor seal was released at Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey where he made his way back into the Atlantic Ocean. More than 60 people watched as staff from the National Aquarium set down a crate containing Phil on the sand.
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UD scientists comb Delaware Bay for tiny bits of plastic

Tiny pieces of plastics, called “microplastics” are inundating our oceans. Right now, we don’t know how deep they go below the surface, or how they affect ocean health, but University of Delaware researchers are combing the Delaware Bay to determine the scope of these microplastics in our waterways.
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Delawareans react to pulling from Paris Accord

President Trump’s announcement Thursday that he will pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord is generating mixed reaction in Delaware. Trump said the U.S. will negotiate re-entering the accord or “an entirely new transaction,” calling the Paris Accord unfair to the U.S. Dover resident Chip Lewis applauded Trump’s move, saying he thinks the agreement is a waste because climate change is irreversible.
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Sea Grant research faces uncertain future

Coastal states throughout the nation have come to depend on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant programs for research and education on issues ranging from storm damage, erosion and sea level rise to aquaculture. But those 33 university based programs face an uncertain future under President Trump’s budget proposal, which would cut the entire sea grant program.
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Understanding waterfowl patterns to assess risk of bird flu

The Delmarva Peninsula lies under the Atlantic Migratory flyway, a path waterfowl migrate through. As Europe deals with recent outbreaks of a severe strain of Avian Influenza, some local poultry growers worry that just one infected bird passing through the region could contaminate and kill whole flocks of chickens.
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Mountain Crest graduate leaving Utah life behind to prepare for heart transplant

Mountain Crest High School junior Jack Salmond has been fighting for his life ever since the day he was born. Diagnosed with hypoplastic right heart syndrome prior to his birth, Jack was born without a right ventricle. Both of his valves were in the left side of his heart, he had a hole between the lower two chambers and transposed gray arteries.
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Life With a Genetic Disorder: Utah Family Shares Their Story

Newborn babies in Utah are tested for 44 medical conditions, one being Phenylketonuria, or PKU, a rare genetic disorder that impacts one in every 10,000 to 15,000 births, according to the Utah Department of Health. A Northern Utah family shares their story about their three children who have PKU. Sara Tye loves to cook, but you won’t find her whipping up one of Julia Child’s famous recipes.
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Utah family converting bus to traveling tiny home

Brad, Raecale, and their five children, Mazy, Hope, Laik, Oedi and Ecco, moved to Smithfield in 2006. Originally from Michigan, they were enthralled by the beauty of Cache Valley's surrounding mountains. "We like the quiet atmosphere of Cache Valley and the solitude you can find up the canyon," Brad said.
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Katie Peikes

I'm a Connecticut native, Pennsylvania college graduate, Utah transplant and now a Delaware resident.

I've wanted to be a public radio reporter since my junior year of college when I was a production intern for WNPR News - Connecticut's NPR affiliate. While there, I pitched a story on Taste of Hartford - an event featuring reduced prices at local restaurants, and when I sat down with a Hartford restaurant owner to interview him, I was hooked!

As a science reporter, I've broken stories about an uptick in humpback whale mortalities, the state's shellfish farming program, a harbor seal rescue, and proposed science budget cuts in Delaware.

Some of the things I've done on the job:

•I steadied myself on slippery rocks to watch for shore-bound turtles.

• Joined researchers on a boat to sample for microplastics in the Delaware Bay.

• Watched a rescued seal find his way back to the ocean.

• Suited up to learn about beekeeping in Delaware.

• Walked along a restored beach with the US Fish & Wildlife to watch them count the growing horseshoe crab population.



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