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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

Civics projects from Matt Kiernan’s 7th grade civics class at Renaissance Charter School at Summit. Photo courtesy of Matt Kiernan

Intersection: Florida Recount A Real Life Lesson In Civics



The recounts in three statewide races in Florida were closely watched by journalists, lawyers, and voters. For civics teachers this election was also a teachable moment 90.7’s Danielle Prieur talks to 7th grade civics teacher Matt Kiernan about the recount as a lesson in politics.


United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V AEHF-4 rocket launched October 17, 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams

Intersection: 45th Space Wing Aims To Ramp Up Rocket Launches



Air Force leaders want to ramp up rocket launches from the Cape – targeting 48 launches a year. That drive falls under the command of the new leader of the 45th Space Wing, Brigadier General Douglas A. Schiess. He talks to 90.7’s Brendan Byrne about the Air Force’s role in supporting rocket launches from the cape.




Observers from the Republican and Democratic parties along with members from the Bill Nelson and Rick Scott campaigns were at the Duval Supervisors of Elections recount in Jacksonville Friday.

11/16/2018: Florida Recount; Panhandle Recovery Efforts



On this week’s Florida Roundup we’re looking at the Florida recount and the slow recovery in the Panhandle. The Florida Recount Republican Ron DeSantis is all but certified as Florida’s next governor. That’s after a recount showed that he beat Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,652 votes or 0.4 percent. But, a hand recount is on in the Senate race between incumbant Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott.  Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced Thursday that manual recounts of “overvotes” and “undervotes” will be required in the two statewide races, as the margins between candidates were below 0.25 percent. The announcement came amid a series of legal battles that focus on the race between Nelson and his Scott. Scott continued to …


Intersection: Recapping The Recount



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/111618_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe machine recount in Florida’s mid-term election has ended- but the drama continues in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Brenda Snipes, the supervisor of elections in Broward, has been under fire over how her office handled the election. After more than a week of mounting frustrations- and lawsuits- Broward finished its recount but missed the three o clock deadline to upload the results for the Senate, Governor and Agriculture Commissioner’s races by two minutes. Meanwhile Palm Beach County also missed its deadline. …


Timothy Frazier sorts through ballots at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Recounting started November 12, 2018 in Orange County. Photo by Shanya Richburg.

Intersection: Machine Recount Ends; Manual Recount Begins



The machine recount in Florida’s mid-term election has ended- but the drama continues in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Intersection’s panel of pundits, journalists and legal experts discuss what’s happened so far in the recount and what’s next.


Intersection: Amendment 4; IAAPA Tour; Elizabeth Cobbs & The Hello Girls



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_111318.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOne of the winners in last tuesday’s mid-term elections wasn’t a candidate- but an amendment. Amendment four will restore the right to vote for people with felony convictions on completion of their sentences. Previous constitutional amendments approved by Florida voters have not been implemented by the legislature but supporters of this amendment say they worked hard to make sure it will be rolled out as intended. On this episode of Intersection, a closer look at what amendment four means for those …


Elizabeth Cobbs. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Recognition For ‘The Hello Girls’



A new musical opens in New York today: The Hello Girls tells the story of the women of the US Army Signal Corps in World War One. We revisit a conversation with Historian Elizabeth Cobbs about the Hello Girls and their struggle for recognition as veterans.




Paul Heroux. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Amendment 4 Supporters Celebrate Restoration Of Voting Rights



One of the winners in last Tuesday’s mid-term elections wasn’t a candidate, but an amendment. Amendment 4 will restore the right to vote for people with felony convictions on completion of their sentences. Previous constitutional amendments approved by Florida voters have not been implemented by the legislature, but supporters of this amendment say they worked hard to make sure it will be rolled out as intended.



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