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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

Intersection: Paying For Oxycontin, SunTrax & Gold Tone Banjos



Florida Blue will no longer fund OxyContin. The state’s biggest health insurer says it will instead fund a different painkiller that’s more difficult to crush and misuse. It’s the latest twist in the opioid epidemic but what kind of impact will it have on chronic pain sufferers?


Intersection: Giving Back, Big Cats & Florida Literature



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/112817_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGiving Tuesday follows the weekend that marks the start of the holiday shopping season. Whether it’s time, talent or treasure, it’s an opportunity to think about how to give back… and how to do it for more than just one day. On this episode of Intersection we talk about cultivating the spirit of generosity with two Central Floridians who give back: Beth Hobart and Avani Desai. Then: meet the man …




Dan Lowery & Alan Murray. Photo: Brendan Byrne WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Bronx Boys



The Bronx Boys, Dan Lowery and Alan Murray, channel the spirit of generations of Irish musicians with tunes handed down over hundreds of years, and they also play some great American songs.


Jeff Hayward holds one of the 5,000 portable solar lamps that Heart of Florida United Way has sent to Puerto Rico

Intersection: Central Florida Heading For A Housing Crisis?



Since Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans have left the island and come to Florida. Jeff Hayward from Heart of Florida United Way explains how non profits and local governments are trying to figure out how best to help house those evacuees who need a roof over their heads.


Image: Maicon Fonseca Zanco / Creative Commons

Intersection: Black Friday Shopping Trends



While online retail giants like Amazon have taken a bite out of the foot traffic at brick and mortar stores in recent years, Black Friday still marks the start of the holiday shopping season. And for shoppers who venture out, it’s an event.


Intersection: Black Friday Shopping; Affordable Housing for Hurricane Evacuees; The Bronx Boys



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/Intersection_112417.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile online retail giants like Amazon have taken a bite out of the foot traffic at brick and mortar stores in recent years… Black Friday still marks the start of the holiday shopping season, and for shoppers who venture out, it’s an event. Orlando Sentinel retail and restaurant reporter Kyle Arnold explains how some stores are doing new things to get customers away from their screens and in the doors. …


Intersection: Spotlight On Fraternities After Pledge Deaths



A spate of fatalities is shining a harsh light on fraternity activities. John Hechinger, the author of True Gentlemen, the Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities, explains how universities are trying to clamp down on hazing, and he talks about the influence these organizations have on college life.


Nicholas Roberts. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Nicholas Roberts



If you’ve ever seen the show The Jersey Shore, you may have heard a song by Nicholas Roberts. The singer songwriter joined Intersection for a conversation about writing music for TV, the Nashville music scene, and his upcoming EP.


(L-r) Ricky Burts, Matt Roberts & Richard Smith. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Orange County’s First Commercial Hop Yard



Hops are a key ingredient in beer, and some see them as an alternative for Florida’s struggling citrus industry. Now the first commercial hop-yard in Orange County is being established in Zellwood. It’s a new crop for an area with a rich agricultural history.



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