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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: Counseling After Pulse, Driverless Cars, E-Sports



Today on Intersection, we talk to the Orlando United counseling service, and Hispanic Family Counseling about the help they’re providing after Pulse, and the ongoing need that could last for years. Central Florida is a designated testing area for driverless cars- find out what’s around the corner for automotive autonomy. And, we take a look E Sports: who’s playing, who’s watching, and what this industry’s worth.


Ben Noel (l) and Alex Jebailey.

Intersection: E-Sports



The Call of Duty World Championships heads to Orlando this summer. We talk with Alex Jebailey and Ben Noel about E-Sports: who’s playing, who’s watching, and what this industry’s worth.


Alachua County Confederate monument, Gainesville. Photo: Douglas Green, via Wikimedia Commons

Alachua County Considers Removing Confederate Statue



A confederate statue in Gainesville could be removed from its location in front of the Alachua County administration building. Commissioners will discuss the fate of the statue at a public hearing on Tuesday.


Intersection: The Florida Legislature & Transparency



First Amendment Foundation president Barbara Petersen says Governor Rick Scott should veto the budget- because of how it was crafted. Just how much sunshine beams down on the legislative process in Tallahassee, and is it enough?


Kim Portious, right, calls for the statue’s removal surrounded by those who want it to stay./Photo: Catherine Welch, WMFE

Intersection: Confederate Monuments



From New Orleans to Charlottesville to Orlando, Confederate monuments across the south are coming down. But are they symbols of white supremacy, or historical markers? And where should they go once they’re removed from public spaces?


Beth McKee & Renee Arozqueta. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Swamp Sistas



Accordionist Beth McKee founded the Swamp Sisters seven years ago, while touring with her band.”I was encountering all these wonderful women at all my shows, and I thought it would be great to find a way to put everyone in touch with each other,” says McKee. Now the Swamp Sistas get together to write, perform, and raise money for good causes.


Solar panels. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Solar Co-Op Launches In Seminole County



Seminole County residents who want to put solar panels on their roof now have the option of joining a co-op. The Seminole County Solar Co-op, which launches today, is part of Florida Solar United Neighborhoods.


Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam, who is running for Governor on the Republican ticket, holds a basket full of Florida shaped cookies at a campaign stop in Altamonte Springs. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Adam Putnam Campaigns In Central Florida



Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says Governor Rick Scott has a good opportunity to wield his veto pen over the state budget. Putnam weighed in on the budget during a campaign stop in Altamonte Springs Tuesday. He’s part way through a bus tour of the state after launching his bid for Governor on the Republican ticket.


Intersection: Hurricane Hunting, Jobs For Graduates, Fringe Festival



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/Intersection_051617.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAs a hurricane approaches, most people are putting up storm shutters and making plans to get out of the way. But there are some who head straight into the storm. Today on Intersection, we’ll check out one of the Air Force’s hurricane hunter planes. Hurricane season is just a few weeks away and Rick Knabb has some advice on how to prepare. Knabb spent 5 years at the head of the national …


Peter Michael Marino and Mike Marinaccio. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Orlando Fringe



Orlando’s Fringe festival turns 26. Producer Mike Marinaccio reflects on how Fringe has become part of the cultural landscape, and how the festival keeps its edge.



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