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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

Chad Koon inside the equipment room at Verizons Orlando superswitch. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Inside Verizon’s Secure Orlando “Superswitch”



What happens when you make a call on your smartphone or send a text? We visit Verizon’s ‘superswitch’, a building that handles millions of calls and texts a day in the Orlando area, and is designed to withstand natural and man made disasters.


Hurricane Andrew – Dadeland Mobile Home Park after passage of Andrew. Photo: NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) Collection

Intersection: Remembering The Great Hurricane Of 1992



If you lived through Hurricane Andrew in 1992, you may remember the voice of meteorologist Bryan Norcross, who kept Floridians informed on their radios and portable TVs for nearly 24 hours as the storm devastated South Florida. Norcross reflects on Hurricane Andrew, and storm preparation in 2017.


(L-R) John Horan, Joel Hunter & Shelley Lauten. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: State of Homelessness in Seminole County



The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness has taken a housing first approach, trying to get families into homes so they can get the services they need. How’s that strategy playing out in Seminole County? County Commissioner John Horan and Shelley Lauten and Joel Hunter from the Commission on Homelessness discuss the way forward.


Image: OneWeb

Intersection: OneWeb’s Satellite Production Line



Heavy hitters in the private space industry are making big investments on the space coast. Brian Holz with OneWeb talks about the factory that will produce one satellite a day.


Kevin Miller (l) and John Brooks. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: The Florida Surf Film Festival And Chasing Waves In Arctic Waters



Sun, surf and snow. Intersection hits the beach with the fifth Florida Surf Film Festival, in a conversation with festival founders Kevin Miller and John Brooks. And cinematographer Ben Weiland talks about his movie Under an Arctic Sky, chasing waves in some of the coldest waters on the planet.




SeaWorld Reports Net Loss In Second Quarter



SeaWorld is reporting a second quarter net loss of $175 million. SeaWorld executives told investors on a quarterly earnings call that fewer people are attending the company’s theme parks in San Diego and Orlando.


Hong Kong Style French Toast

Intersection: Breakfast & Brunch



Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but if you like to sleep in, you can’t beat brunch. Orlando Weekly restaurant critic Faiyaz Kara and chef Emily Ellyn whip up some decadent breakfast and lunch dishes.


Intersection: Politics & Healthcare; Addiction & Pregnancy; Theme Park Update



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/080117_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Republican quest to repeal and replace Obamacare didn’t get the votes it needed. So where does the debate over health insurance go from here- and what does it mean for the one point seven million Floridians signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? On this episode of Intersection political analysts Dick Batchelor & Chris Carmody take the pulse on the health insurance battle in Florida. And they …


Capitol Building. Photo: Max Pixel.

Intersection: The Battle Over Health Insurance; Big Spending In Political Campaigns



The Republican quest to repeal and replace Obamacare didn’t get the votes it needed. So where does the debate over health insurance go from here, and what does it mean for the 1.7 million Floridians signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act? Political analysts Dick Batchelor & Chris Carmody take the pulse on the health insurance battle in Florida and talk about big spending campaigns from the Governor’s mansion to Capitol Hill.



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