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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



DeBary Mayor: “Put A Stop To This Witch Hunt”



A public meeting next week to discuss ousting DeBary mayor Clint Johnson will go ahead.  At a court hearing today a judge turned down an injunction to stop the meeting. Debary is suing Mayor Clint Johnson over unfilled public records requests and the city alleges he violated the charter by giving orders to a city employee.




Intersection: Rubio, Debary, Soccer & Homelessness



DeBary city officials talk to residents about a controversial mixed use development that could use conservation land. $500,000 could buy you a green card- and a stake in the new Orlando City Soccer stadium. And Marco Rubio stops in Orlando to talk Zika & heroin. Panelists Frank Torres, Rhetta Peoples & Pat Rice join Intersection host Matthew Peddie for the Friday news round table.




Homelessness Trends Down In Central Florida



There’s been a big drop in the number of homeless people in Central Florida. 1,613 homeless individuals were counted in the annual ‘point in time’ census in January.


This way to the Corpse Plant. Rollins College's stinky plant drew nearly 5,000 curious visitors. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Wedgefield Water, Hospital Leaders & Corpse Plant



What’s in the Wedgefield water? An environmental engineer explains how water treatment can leave chemical compounds in the tap water. Three hospital CEOs talk through the new developments in hospital expansion, pricing transparency & new technology. And a visit to the star attraction of Rollins College greenhouse: the corpse plant.


Intersection: Trump & Florida, Rick Scott Vs. Jerry Brown, Puerto Rico, & Panthers



Can Donald Trump get Florida Republicans on his side? Will the growing chorus of Central Florida Puerto Rican voices persuade lawmakers to help the debt-stricken island? Is Rick Scott’s ploy to get California business to the Sunshine State a good tactic? And how can Florida protect its endangered panthers? It’s the Friday news round table with Frank Torres, Maria Padilla and Trimmel Gomes.


The US Seated volleyball team practice for the 2014 Invictus games. Photo: Joshua D. Sheppard / US Navy.

Athletes Gear Up For Invictus Games



Hundreds of athletes from around the world are preparing for the Invictus games in Orlando. The four-day competition for wounded, sick and injured service men and women gets underway Sunday.


This Plant Stinks, And People Can’t Get Enough Of It



A pungent plant at Rollins College in Winter Park is a hit with visitors…and a social media sensation. The rare corpse plant flowered last night, giving off an odor of rotting meat. The college greenhouse was open until 2 a.m. for people to see and smell the plant.



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