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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

The Daytona International Speedway. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

NASCAR’s Old Guard Makes Way For New Blood



With Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired, this year’s Daytona 500 offers an opportunity for a new generation of drivers to make their mark. Earnhardt Jr. will be at the track- to signal the start of the race as Grand Marshal.


Destroyed home in Puerto Rico. Photo by Representative Amy Mercado

Intersection: An Update On Puerto Rico, 5 Months After Maria



Five months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, knocking out power and crippling infrastructure on the island, power and access to basics like clean water remain an issue for residents there. Intersection takes a look at how far the recovery effort has come, and what life is like for Puerto Ricans who’ve moved to Florida.




Denny Hamlin leads in the Daytona 500, 2015. Photo by Nascarking, via Wikimedia Commons.

Intersection: NASCAR & Concussions



The Daytona 500 revs up this Sunday. The sport’s gotten a lot safer in the last 18 years, and NASCAR is paying more attention to concussions suffered by drivers when they crash. Sports columnist Ken Willis tells Intersection about NASCAR drivers’ hidden injuries.




The school Anne Frank attended in Amsterdam from 1934 to 1941. Photo: James McLaughlin

Intersection: Anne Frank Schools Keep Her Image Alive



The legacy of Anne Frank lives on today at schools around the world which bear her name. Rollins College professor James McLaughlin is embarking on a research project about how her image and meaning are kept alive at these schools.




Handmade Amigo. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Handmade, Amigo



Handmade, Amigo are Kevin Bond on guitar and vocals, Andrew Bond on bass, Andrew Weeks on guitar and Vince Lis on drums. Kevin Bond says they’ve been playing music together for over a decade, and they just released an album: For The Living Ones. Handmade Amigo join Intersection to perform Babalu, The Loser (which is based on a Shel Silverstein Poem), and Let It Roll or The Whale.     


Former FAMU bandmember Robert Champion died after a hazing ritual in Orlando in 2011.

Intersection: Fraternities And Hazing



Hazing is back in the headlines after the Florida Supreme Court heard arguments from lawyers for one of the band members sentenced in the death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion. And UCF suspended a fraternity after a pledge’s mother complained that her son was forced to drink. We revisit a conversation with John Hechinger, author of True Gentlemen, The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities.


Intersection: Restoring Voting Rights



A federal judge ruled that Florida’s system for restoring the voting rights of felons who have served their time is unconstitutional. Meanwhile a ballot initiative on whether to restore the voting rights of 1.5 million felons goes to Florida voters in November. On Intersection we discuss what the federal ruling means for that ballot initiative, and the political implications of those voting rights being restored.



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