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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

Photo: Joey Roulette

Intersection: Juvenile Arrests



Orange County has the highest rate of juvenile arrests in Florida. 90.7’s Renata Sago has been investigating what happens to those kids after they’re arrested- talking to law enforcement, attorneys and judges and the kids themselves. Sago joins Intersection to preview her series Young And Arrested. On today’s program Renata joins us to talk about her series- Young and Arrested. We’ll also hear from former prosecutor Jeff Ashton, Emory James, who was charged with a felony as a kid, and judge Daniel Dawson.




Andrae Bailey & Jon Busdeker. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: The Collective



Andrae Bailey is the former CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, a job he left last year. Now he has a new venture called The Collective, which he’s launching with the help of former TV and newspaper reporter Jon Busdeker.




Intersection: Florida Death Penalty, UCF President John Hitt & Harpist Christine MacPhail



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/031717_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGovernor Rick Scott signed a bill requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases. The bill appears to end the limbo over Florida’s death penalty, after the US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional, and the State Supreme Court ruled that juries must deliver a unanimous vote for a death penalty. So does that mean the immediate resumption of executions in Florida? And what about the Orange Osceola State Attorney’s decision to not …


Christine MacPhail. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Christine MacPhail



And- it’s St. Patrick’s day… so what better way to celebrate than with some Van Morrison? Harpist Christine MacPhail joins us for a performance




Execution chamber. Photo: Florida Department of Corrections / Doug Smith

Intersection: Florida’s Death Penalty



Governor Rick Scott signed a bill requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases. The bill appears to end the limbo over Florida’s death penalty, after the US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional. Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charlie Wells, Democratic State Senator Randolph Bracy, and defense attorney Steven Laurence join Intersection to discuss the implications of the bill.


UCF mental health specialists say this flying squirrel can help train your brain. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Neurofeedback



Mental health specialists at the University of Central Florida are using something called neurofeedback to monitor brain activity, and help treat patients with anxiety, depression and those recovering from substance abuse.


Joe Tallerdy rode his Harley down from North Carolina for Bike Week. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Bike Week & Spring Break In Daytona Beach



The hogs are rolling in Daytona Beach as the seventy sixth annual Bike Week is underway. While the rumble of bikes fills the streets, students on Spring Break are also heading to the World’s Most Famous Beach.



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