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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

D’Andrea Pelletier sings a couple of her favorite Arias for Intersection. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Opera Singer D’Andrea Pelletier

Last year D’Andrea Pelletier joined us to perform some of her favorite holiday arias. This is an encore performance. Pelletier sings “Ave Maria” by Bach / Gounod and “Summertime” from the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin.

Andrea Harvey & Sebastien Serra rehearsing for the Nutcracker. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Orlando Ballet’s Nutcracker

The Orlando Ballet’s getting ready for its annual performance of the Nutcracker. Artistic Director Robert Hill explains what keeps the crowds coming back to this holiday favorite, and the kinds of performances he sees in the ballet’s future.

JoAnn Newman at the Orlando Science Center’s new Kids Town exhibit. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE

Intersection: Kids And Science

The Orlando Science Center’s revamped Kids Town is part of a multi-million dollar makeover plan. The interactive exhibit for toddlers to elementary school kids wraps up science in an entertainment package. Science Center president JoAnn Newman and vice president of education Heather Norton chat about overcoming obstacles to STEM education.

Mike Chitwood talking to media about his plans for the sheriff’s office. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Mike Chitwood Pins On The Volusia County Sheriff’s Badge

On January 1st 2017 Mike Chitwood takes over as Volusia County sheriff. Chitwood’s been the chief of police in Daytona Beach for 10 years. As sheriff he’ll oversee law enforcement in a growing, and increasingly diverse county, and he says he wants his deputies to reflect that diversity. Chitwood sits down with Intersection to talk about how he plans to engage with the community and back up deputies as they answer calls.

Intersection Session: Nature

Orlando musician Nate Figueroa performs under the alias Nature. Intersection’s Brendan Byrne spoke to him about the art of songwriting and lyrics, and he performed three songs.

How did Orlando get its name? A plaque commemorating Orlando Reeves sits on the shore of Lake Eola, but Ben Brotemarkle says the origins may be more Shakespearean. Photo by Visitor7 via Wikimedia Commons

Intersection: Florida History With Ben Brotemarkle

Where did Orlando get its name? How do you pin down the identity of a state as transient and diverse as Florida? You might find answers to these questions on Florida Frontiers- the Florida Historical Society’s weekly radio show.

Intersection: Politics With Dick Batchelor & Frank Torres

Newly elected lawmakers are gearing up for 2017. Political analysts Dick Batchelor and Frank Torres join 90.7’s Brendan Byrne to talk about education, medical marijuana and other items legislators will be dealing with from Tallahassee to Washington.

Florida Mall. Photo: Miosotis Jade, via Wikimedia Commons

Intersection: Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season is here and it should be a good one for Florida retailers. James Miller from the Florida Retail Federation talks about what’s driving sales… and the must-have toys for this year.