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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

Hanna & Roman Skrobko. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: East West Records



In the age of the digital download, a smartphone can hold thousands of songs. But for some music lovers, nothing beats sound or the feel of a vinyl record. Hannah and Roman Skrobko opened East West Records in Orlando in 1971. Now they’re selling records to a whole new generation of audiophiles.


Intersection: Development In Downtown Orlando’s Milk District



Where some see gentrification in Orlando’s Milk District, developer Adam Wonus says his goal is to get rid of blight and enhance the neighborhood. Wonus joins us to talk about his vision for the neighborhood. And we talk to urban planning professor Bruce Stephenson about what Orlando could learn from other fast growing cities.


Intersection: Sorting Out The Solar Amendments



Floridians will vote on two solar amendments this year. One of them on the ballot next week. But what’s in the fine print, and what impact could these initiatives have on how solar power is generated in the sunshine state? Orlando Sentinel columnist walks us through the two amendments.


Campaign signs outside the Alafaya Library, one of Orange County's early voting sites. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Money & Politics, Judicial Races, Demographics, Gun Control PAC



All politics may be local, but some local races are attracting national interest and money. What happens when PAC money pours into local campaigns? Florida’s demographics are changing and candidates are setting their sights on a growing Latino electorate. And a Political Action Committee inspired by Pulse launches. These stories and more on Intersection’s Friday news round table.


Orange County To Replace Bus Stop Benches



Orange County will start replacing about 900 old bus stop benches at a rate of six per week. The move comes after the county voted to resolve a lawsuit with the company that provides the benches.


The site of Orange County's new PS-8th grade school in Parramore. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Back To School & Reign Of Kong



Barbara Jenkins talks school safety, testing and how to make sure there are enough classrooms for all of Orange County’s new students. We check in with Harris Rosen on the progress of the Parramore PS-8 school. And Jon Busdeker surveys Reign of Kong and other new attractions.


FDOT Urges Drivers To ‘Stop On Red’



As children start heading back to school, drivers are being reminded this week to stop on red, and check for pedestrians and cyclists when making a right turn. Orlando has been ranked as one of the most deadly cities in the U-S for pedestrians.






Is enough being done to promote rocket launch tourism on the Space Coast? Image: NASA/Frankie Martin

Intersection: Trump, Tourism, Pulse & Zika



People in Miami are getting bit by Zika-carrying mosquitoes. Is it just a matter of time before the virus pops up in Central Florida? After the Pulse shooting, Orlando mulls how to disburse money collected for the survivors and families of the victims. And the Trump and Clinton campaigns stump in Daytona Beach.



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