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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

Intersection: Face Recognition; Puerto Rico Update; Brian Turner’s Jazz Album

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_071318.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Orlando Police Department is testing real time facial recognition software. The trial involves volunteer officers and city cameras. The initial trial began in December, and wrapped up in June. Then the city announced they’d continue testing the software. Police chief John Mina says further assessment is warranted to see if the technology could help enhance public safety. But civil liberties organizations are alarmed. They’re calling on the city to …

Ben Kramer (l), and Brian Turner. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Poet Brian Turner Releases Jazz Album

Orlando based writer Brian Turner is best known for his poetry. Turner’s newest project is a bit different though. He assembled a group of musicians, The Interplanetary Acoustic Team, and they’re releasing an album 11 11 (Me Smiling) that includes lyrics by his late wife, the poet Ilyse Kuznetz. Turner joins Intersection for a conversation about the album along with Ben Kramer who performs bass, keyboards and theremin and engineered the album. 

Derek Demeter and the star projector. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Stargazing In Florida

This month is a good one for astronomers. Mars is close enough to earth that through a telescope you should be able to see storms on the red planet. We revisit an interview with Seminole State College planetarium director Derek Demeter about stargazing in Florida. 

Intersection: Recycling; Hurricane Maria Evacuees; Carly Jo Jackson

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_070618.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt feels good to recycle. But do you ever wonder just what happens to those cans, bottles and cardboard boxes once the truck empties out your recycling cart? Not all of ends up where you might expect. And, as the cost of recycling goes up, cities and counties are looking at ways to improve the quality of material that’s getting shipped out. On this episode of Intersection, a visit to …

Bear crossing sign. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Lake County Rolls Out More Bear-Resistant Bins

Lake County’s rolling out a new batch of bear-resistant trash cans. Lake is one of the top five counties for bear-human interaction in the state, according to complaint call data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Intersection: Entrepreneurs; Prison Education; Barbecue

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/070318_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJohn Dearie of the Center for American Entrepreneurship says rates of entrepreneurship – the creation of  new businesses- are in decline across the country. Dearie wants to turn that around. So what does a new business needs to succeed, besides a great idea? On this episode of Intersection we discuss the state of entrepreneurship with John Dearie, Jerry Ross of the National Entrepreneur Center and John F. Davis of the …

Damage from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo:  Puerto Rico National Guard by Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos

Housing Assistance For Maria Evacuees Extended Three More Weeks

A federal judge’s order has extended FEMA temporary housing assistance for Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria for three more weeks. Hundreds of families are still living in hotels and motels after Hurricane Maria forced them to leave their homes.

Thomas Ward. Photo: Matthew Peddie. WMFE

Intersection: July 4th Grilling

For many Americans, July 4th is time to kick back, hit the beach, watch fireworks and fire up the grill. It’s no holiday for Thomas Ward though- he barbeques for a living.  Intersection visited Ward at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbacoa in Orlando for a conversation about the art and science of barbecue.