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Matthew Peddie

Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario.

After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby matches, and his work has taken him as far south as Scott Base Antarctica.

Since joining the WMFE news room in 2012, Matthew has covered elections, high profile criminal trials and rocket launches. As host of Intersection he interviews the news makers, politicians, and other individuals who make Central Florida unique.



Recent Stories from Matthew Peddie

Intersection: Algae, Gun Control And Sports In Brevard County



Blue Green Algae causes a stink in South Florida. Fingers are pointed, blame assigned. But how to stop this happening again? Central Floridians meanwhile are still nervous after the fish kill in spring in the Northern Indian River lagoon. Are Florida’s famed beaches doomed?




Scott Proposes More Money To Clean Up Algae Stricken Waterways



Governor Rick Scott wants more money in the 2016- 2017 budget to help clean up algae stricken waterways. The proposal follows a blue-green algal bloom that fouled South Florida beaches and triggered a state of emergency in two counties.


Hotline Launched For Algal Bloom Sightings



The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has launched a hotline for people to report new algal blooms. The DEP’s asking for details like when and where the bloom was seen, the color and odor, and whether dead fish or other animals were seen.


The sign outside Pulse nightclub, three weeks on from the shooting. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: The Impact Of The Pulse Shooting On Area Businesses



Intersection explores how businesses closed for a week after the Pulse nightclub shooting are coping now. Political analysts Dick Batchelor and Frank Torres discuss Marco Rubio’s decision to try and hold onto his senate seat. And the owner of the Timucua White House talks about plans for his performance venue.


Intersection: Abortion Laws, Pulse Documents & Call For Special Session



How does the Supreme Court’s blow to restrictive abortion laws in Texas affect Florida? After new documents released in the Pulse shooting, what questions are lingering about what happened in the hours before the gunman was killed? And will the legislature take on gun laws?


Orange County Approves Money For Pro Bowl



Orange County Commissioners have agreed to spend $3 million to help bring the NFL’s pro bowl to Orlando. The money comes out of the county’s Tourism Development Tax and will be paid to the NFL over three years.


People write messages  at the memorial outside the Pulse nightclub. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Pulse 911 Lawsuit, Fundraising & Pecha Kucha



News organizations are suing the city of Orlando for 911 recordings from the night of the shooting at Pulse. Just how much information about the shooting should the public be allowed to access? Millions of dollars are flowing in from donors after the shooting. How does that money get managed? And we dip into the world of pecha kucha.


State Sen. Darren Soto (D) talks outside Sen. Andy Gardiner's office in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Demonstrators March In Orlando For Gun Control



Demonstrators marched through Orlando Tuesday calling for action on gun control legislation. They want a special session to discuss a ‘no-fly no-buy’ law to prevent people on the FBI’s no fly list from buying guns in Florida.


Intersection: Rubio’s Back, Dem’s Sit In & Pulse Raises Funds



The weeks of mourning and mobilizing in Orlando are giving way to long-term discussions regarding gun legislation and the effectiveness of the FBI and Orlando Police Department. Then, the alliance between members of various minority communities – more specifically Latinos and the LGBT. Is this something new? Will the tragedy, in a way, help bridge the gap of LGBT acceptance in the Latino community? And, Marco Rubio announced on his website on Wednesday that he will be seeking re-election after all. Will his sudden change of heart score against him and does it even matter?



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