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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

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1/18/19: Abortion Rights; Government Shutdown



Florida may be the next battleground state over abortion rights. With six weeks until the start of the Legislative session, a new proposal has been filed that would ban abortions if a doctor detects a fetal heartbeat. It would require a doctor to tell a woman wanting an abortion if the fetus has a heartbeat and show it to her or have her listen to it. The woman could decide not to, but would have to do so in writing. If a doctor performed the abortion, it would be a third-degree felony. The legislation also removes the word fetus from the legal definition of abortion and replaces it with “unborn human baby.” As a candidate, Governor Ron DeSantis said he …


Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE

Otronicon Blends Art And Science



If you want to fly a fighter jet, you can do it at the Orlando Science Center this weekend, with the help of a pair of VR goggles. 90.7’s Brendan Byrne looks into the art and science behind simulators at Otronicon, which kicks off this weekend.


Intersection: The Shutdown & The Space Coast; Ultima Thule Science; Parkland Documentary



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/011519_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe partial federal shutdown is now in its 4th week, and over 95% of NASA’s workforce is furloughed. That’s having a big impact on Florida’s space coast where most of the 2,000 servants who work in the space industry are sitting idle. On this episode of Intersection, we’re joined by 90.7’s space reporter Brendan Byrne and space policy analyst Laura Forczyk to explain what this shutdown means for the Kennedy Space Center and the private space industry as hundreds of workers go …


Intersection: Florida Immigration Cases; DeSantis Environmental Policy; Michael McArthur



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_011119.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPresident Trump spent the week making his case for a wall on the Southern US border.  The president wants $5.7 billion for the wall. Amid his call for wall funding and congressional Democrats opposition, the federal government remains partially shut down. On this episode of Intersection, we take a closer look at the shutdown, and what effect the national debate around immigration is having on immigration cases in Florida. Then- environmental advocates are looking to Governor Ron DeSantis to deliver on his …


Intersection: Governor DeSantis; Amendment 4; StoryCorps



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/010819_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSRon DeSantis was sworn in as Florida’s 46th governor this week. Advocates for school choice and the environment have high hopes for the Republican former congressman: DeSantis campaigned on a platform of improving the state’s water quality, and he favors expanding the use of school vouchers. On this episode of Intersecion, we talk to Florida Trend magazine associate editor Jason Garcia about what to expect from Governor DeSantis. Then- former felons across Florida are registering to vote, as amendment four takes effect. But …


Jacqueline Van Meter. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: StoryCorps Comes To Orlando



For the next month, the StoryCorps mobile recording booth housed inside an Airstream trailer- will be parked at the Orlando Museum of Art to record conversations from the Central Florida community.


Photo: Emily Lang, WMFE

Intersection: What’s Next For The Rollout Of Amendment 4



Former felons headed to supervisors of elections offices across the state of Florida to register to vote as amendment four took effect Tuesday. WLRN’s Danny Rivero joined Intersection to explain what’s next for more than a million newly eligible voters.




Intersection: School Safety; UCF Football; Cameron Ross and the Raglan Roots Coalition



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/010419_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAfter last year’s mass shooting in Parkland, parents, law enforcement, school leaders and lawmakers have been trying to figure out how to prevent the next school shooting. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School public safety commission sent its first report to Tallahassee this week- with recommendations including beefing up security and surveillance and arming school staff. On this episode of Intersection we explore what the The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report means for students and staff at …


View from the endzone, BrightHouse Networks stadium. Photo: birwin01 via Wikimedia Commons

Intersection: Unpacking The UCF Knights’ Winning Streak



The LSU Tigers brought UCF’s two year winning streak to an end at the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day.  As the team prepares for the offseason- UCF’s two year undefeated streak leaves a question about what goes into deciding who makes the college playoffs. Jeff Sharon of the Black and Gold Banneret joins Intersection to dissect the Knights’ loss.



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