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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

Hops are what give beers like IPA their characteristic flavor. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Growing Hops In Florida



Brian Pearson’s research into hops grew from a personal interest in beer, and a curiosity about whether hops would grow in Sunshine State. Now the University of Florida professor has brewers and farmers beating a path to his door. Intersection visits the hop yard where Pearson and two of his students, Richard Smith and Amanda Morgan, are cultivating a plant that could be an alternative to the state’s struggling citrus crops.


Bob McDonald. Photo:  Abe Aboraya, WMFE

Intersection: Bob McDonald On How To Get Veteran Homelessness To Zero



One piece of news you may have missed: In June, the VA declared Orlando had reached a functional end to chronic veteran homelessness. But to get from functional homelessness to actual homelessness, there’s still some work to do. VA secretary Bob McDonald sat down with 90.7’s health reporter Abe Aboraya to talk about the challenges facing homeless veterans.


Capt. Mark Kelly. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Mark Kelly On Gun Violence



In 2011, Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords was badly injured in a mass shooting that left six people dead. Giffords and her husband, former shuttle astronaut Mark Kelly are kicking off a nationwide bus tour to promote gun reform, and they’re starting in Orlando. Capt. Kelly talks about the push to prevent gun violence, and explains why they wanted to start the tour in Orlando.




Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Intersection: Bob Graham Talks Water & Environment Challenges



Former US Senator Bob Graham headlines a rally to highlight the imperiled environment of the Sunshine State this weekend. Ahead of that rally in Jacksonville, Graham talks about the threats to Florida’s environment, and why he’s not giving up in the fight to protect it.




photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Hillary Clinton Focuses On Disability Issues In Orlando Rally



Hillary Clinton focused on issues facing disabled Americans at a rally in Orlando Wednesday afternoon. About 250 people packed into a hall at the Frontline Outreach center for the rally. Clinton said she would make the economy and the country more welcoming to people with disabilities.


Cupcake ATM, Sprinkles Las Vegas Strip. Photo: Tony Webster

Intersection: Vending Machine Foods



Would you eat pizza from a vending machine? A Florida based company hopes enough people will say yes, and it’ll see its pizza vending machines spread across the country. 90.7’s Talia Blake talks to the owners of the Pizza Touch vending machine. And Orlando Weekly food critic Faiyaz Kara joins us to talk about other high end foods you can get from vending machines around the world, from cupcakes to caviar… and even live crabs.


Waymon Armstrong and Angela Alban. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE

Intersection: Simulation In Central Florida



According to the National Center for Simulation, modeling, simulation, and training industries contribute nearly five billion dollars to Florida and directly employs more than 27,000 Floridians. Waymon Armstrong of Engineering & Computer Simulations and Angela Alban from SIMETRI, Inc. join Intersection to talk about the latest in simulation.


Orange County Regional History Center executive director Michael Perkins.  Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: New Fence Goes Up At Pulse



A new fence has gone up around Pulse nightclub. Owner Barbara Poma says it leaves more room for people to come and pay their respects to the victims of the shooting. We hear about the process of saving thousands of hand made memorial items, and a nearby business owner talks about how his business is doing 3 months on.



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