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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

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Intersection: Orlando’s Hot Housing Market

The price of a home in Orlando has shot up by 11% from the same time last year. That’s great news for people who want to sell, but it’s tough for people who want to buy. We dig into what’s driving the real estate market with Orlando sentinel reporter Mary Shanklin, Orlando Regional Realtors Association President Bruce Elliott and home buyer Derek Demeter.

Bull sharks sometimes attack swimmers and surfers in Florida waters. Photo: Albert Kok, Walkers Cay, Bahamas

Intersection: Shark Talk With George Burgess

Volusia County may be the shark bite capital of the world, but shark expert George Burgess says your chances of actually getting bitten are very small. Burgess explains why more people get bit at Central Florida beaches than anywhere else.

Jamaal Nicholas conducts the brass section of the Jones High School marching band. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Jones High Marching Band

What does it take to turn a music consumer into a music creator? We listen in on a rehearsal with the Jones High School marching band and talk with director Jamaal Nicholas about how he’s teaching students to see music as more than a hobby.

League night at the Orlando Curling Club. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Throwing Rocks With The Orlando Curling Club

Bryan Pittard explains broom stacking, slippers and grippers and other mysteries of curling. Intersection takes a trip to the ice for a conversation about one of the coolest sports around being played in Orlando.

Ben Montgomery. Photo Courtesy of Tampa Bay Times

Intersection: Why Cops Shoot

In 2014, Tampa Bay Times reporter Ben Montgomery had a question: how many times do police shoot people in Florida? Getting answers wasn’t easy. Montgomery talks about his investigation: Why Cops Shoot.

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Intersection: Gun Legislation Update

a slew of gun related bills were filed by Florida lawmakers this year, many of them by senator Greg Steube of Sarasota. Most of those bills seem to be stalled in the legislature with no chance of advancement. Trimmel Gomes, host of the Rotunda podcast, talks about what’s holding up bills to expand gun rights.

Raysean Brown, Lisa Early and Sasha Mills. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Parramore Program Wins National Recognition

Parramore Kidz Zone has won national recognition for its work to foster success for young people in one of Orlando’s poorest neighborhoods. Retired Gen. Colin Powell and his wife Alma Powell will present the Powell Legacy Award in New York tomorrow.

Nick Fernandez, Deja Elyze & Alex Athanasaw. Photo: Matthew Peddie

Intersection Sessions: Yardij

South Florida band Yardij are no strangers to big stages. They opened for Bon Jovi back in February, and they’re performing at the Florida music festival- their third time at that event- next week. Yardij join us in studio for a performance.

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Intersection: Is Florida’s No-Fault Auto Insurance On The Way Out?

Is Florida’s no-fault auto insurance on the way out? There’s legislation this year that could spell the end of PIP insurance. We weigh the pros and cons of removing Florida’s no fault auto insurance insurance industry consultant Lisa Miller and personal injury attorney Daniel Fernandez.