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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

Toll lanes are coming to I-4. Photo: Abe Aboraya, WMFE

Intersection: Toll Roads

So just how important are toll roads to the overall plan for Central Florida roadways? What effect do they have on traffic patterns and driving habits? And what happens to the tolls once a new toll road is paid off? Central Florida Expressway Authority vice chair Fred Hawkins and Transportation reporter Dan Tracy join the program to discuss the latest on tolls.

Ed Smith. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Ed Smith & ReRunz Records

Ed Smith is a lifelong record collector and musician. During the week he sells soul, funk, jazz and R&B records from his store in Parramore: ReRunz Records. On weekends his band rehearses at the store, which is across the street from the new Orlando City Soccer stadium.

Orlando Union Rescue Mission is moving from its current location in Parramore. Photo: Leonard J. DeFrancisci, Wikimedia Commons

Intersection: Rescue Mission Plan Raises Hackles

The Orlando Union Rescue Mission is planning to move its homeless services into a renovated hotel on West Colonial Drive with more space. But a discrimination complaint filed by Save West Orlando says the city is stacking all its social services on one side of town and putting too much pressure on minority communities.

My love is like a… pallet of produce. Do Good Date Night partners up with non profits like Second Harvest of Central Florida, where couples sort produce on their date. Photo: Matthew Peddie

Intersection: Do Good Date Night

It’s Valentines Day, which means big business for restaurants. But some couples are opting to combine a date with an activity that gives back. Do-Good Date night founder Kristen Manieri joins Sasha Hausman from Second Harvest of Central Florida and quiz master Curtis Earth for a conversation about dates that include some volunteering.

Tim Dorsey. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

Intersection: Florida Road Trips Inspire Novelist Tim Dorsey

Florida crime writer Tim Dorsey’s written 20 novels starring anti hero Serge Storms, and he’s not slowing down. Dorsey talks about his latest- Clownfish Blues- and why he’ll never run out of material writing about the state he loves.

Improving pedestrian safety is top of the list for Orlando’s new transportation director Billy Hattaway. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE

Intersection: Billy Hattaway Wants To Make Orlando Safer For Pedestrians

The City Beautiful is one of the most dangerous places in the US to be a pedestrian. A study by the group Smart Growth America put Orlando Kissimmee and Sanford 3rd on the list of most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians. Orlando’s new transportation director Billy Hattaway tells Intersection he wants to change that.

Intersection: Early Childhood Education & The Cost Of Childcare

Early education is important, but many low income families in Florida can’t afford to pay for early education for their kids, and there’s a long waiting list for subsidized programs. According to one recent study the average cost of childcare in Florida is $8,694 a year, which is more than in-state tuition and fees for a year at FSU. On today’s program we talk about the importance of early childhood education and ask what can be done to bring down the cost of childcare.

Plastic models crafted at the Melrose Center. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Tech & Innovation At The Orange County Library’s Melrose Center

At the Orange County Library’s tech hub in downtown Orlando, you can record a song, fly a simulator and build something with a 3D printer. As the Melrose Center gets ready for their creative expo Saturday, we tour the state of the art studios and talk about the library’s tech revolution with Melrose Center director Jim Myers.

Intersection: Orlando’s GLBT History On Display

The shooting at Pulse nightclub last June focused the attention of the world’s media on Orlando and the city’s LGBT community. The response to that mass shooting is one part of an exhibit at the Orange County History Center, which traces GLBT history in Central Florida from last century to the present day.