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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

IDignity Awarded State Grant



An Orlando non-profit that helps the homeless get identification documents is celebrating a $50,000 state grant. The money will help about 400 clients of iDignity get their IDs.


Intersection: Medical Marijuana; John Morgan & The Florida Democratic Party; TEDx Orlando



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/062317_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe clock is running out for the Florida Department of Health to figure out the rules on medical marijuana use. Lawmakers approved a bill in special session to implement the constitutional amendment, and the deadline for those rules is July 3rd. On today’s program we talk about the road ahead for medical marijuana- what it means for patients and growers in the Sunshine state. Joining the program: 90.7 health reporter Abe Aboraya, …


Image: Ghost Project facebook page.

Spotlight: Incandescence- The Nightwalker Festival



Incandescence- The Nightwalker Festival is a glow in the dark art festival featuring music, vendors and a mural painting competition. 90.7’s Nicole Creston spoke to festival organizer Troy Gregory about the festival, and about his struggles with homelessness.


Ron Ben-Zeev & Melissa Koch

Intersection: TEDxOrlando



TEDx Orlando returns after a year off. TEDx board members Ron Ben Zeev and Melissa Koch join us to outline the themes for this weekend’s conference: growth, conflict and identity.


John Morgan. Image: still from a video on Morgan’s twitter feed.

Intersection: John Morgan Finds An Unlikely Ally In Roger Stone



Attorney John Morgan isn’t happy with the decision the legislature took on medical marijuana. He says he’ll sue over the smoking ban. Political commentators Dick Batchelor and Frank Torres weigh in on the threatened lawsuit, and Morgan’s alliance with President Trump’s adviser Roger Stone in a bid to get marijuana decriminalized.


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Intersection: Rules For Implementing Medical Marijuana



The clock is running out for the Florida Department of Health to figure out the rules on medical marijuana use. Lawmakers approved a bill in special session to implement the constitutional amendment and the deadline for those rules is July 3rd. Intersection looks at the road ahead for medical marijuana: what it means for patients and growers in the Sunshine state.


Intersection: Daniel Webster On Healthcare; Eatonville Community Garden; Fighting Poverty



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/Intersection_062017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the wake of tumultuous town halls as lawmakers prepare to dismantle the Affordable Care Act- the US House of Representatives has passed its version of a new plan for health care. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass its version of the American Health Care Act. On this episode of Intersection we hear from Congressman Daniel Webster from Florida’s 11th district about healthcare, and the mood on Capitol Hill where …




United Against Poverty’s Orlando grocery program offers groceries at a fraction of retail price for members who are at 200% or lower than the federal poverty level. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Ending Poverty, One Person At A Time



United Against Poverty in Orlando offers a grocery program for people at 200% or below the Federal poverty level. Executive Director Eric Gray explains how the program works and who it serves.


Master Gardener Ruford Shepherd. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE

Intersection: Eatonville Yards & Gardens Club



Eatonville’s community garden is flourishing. The challenge for the gardeners in this historic Black town is finding the funding to keep it going, and keep supplying the community with organic veges. We tour the plot where master gardener Ruford Shepherd grows okra, corn, squash and more.



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