Matthew PeddieHost of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director
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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 Florida Supreme Court will have to decide how to fix the state’s congressional maps. That’s after a district court hearing Tuesday about the disputed maps.
As Orange County is battling a spike in heroin abuse. The county has a high profile advocate in its war on drugs: David Siegel. His 18 year old daughter Victoria died in June of an accidental overdose- a combination of methadone and anti-depressants. Now the 80 year old billionaire founder of Westgate Resorts says he’s making it his life’s work to shed light on drug addiction and overdoses- and save lives.
Jeff Ashton has admitted he had an Ashley Madison account, but he said he has no plans to step down. The state attorney for Orange and Osceola Counties said he logged into the website on his personal laptop using public wi fi at the courthouse complex.
Heroin has overtaken cocaine as the deadliest street drug in Orange County and Mayor Teresa Jacobs says she wants to do something about it – fast. What’s the best way to tackle the heroin problem in Central Florida? And if it’s not heroin, will something else spring up just as fast to replace it? That story and more on the Friday news round table.
State Senator Geraldine Thompson is running for congress in Central Florida’s District 10. Former Orlando police chief and fellow Democrat Val Demings is also running for that district.
One of the biggest physical transformations coming to Parramore is the soccer stadium. It’ll be Major League Soccer’s third largest stadium- seating 25,500 spectators. Some Parramore residents say the stadium will bring new opportunities, while others say it’s not what this neighborhood needs.
For more than two decades, kids in Orlando’s Tangelo Park neighborhood have been educated through a program that begins at age two and continues through college. It’s funded by hotelier and philanthropist Harris Rosen. And now Rosen’s starting a new program in Parramore.
Parramore is in flux. Orlando’s historically black neighborhood will soon be home to a soccer stadium, and a brand new preschool through eighth grade public school. And that’s just the start.
A soccer stadium is on its way to Parramore, and with it new businesses and residents. It’s a neighborhood in flux, and 90.7’s Matthew Peddie caught up with Orlando Commissioner Regina Hill at the ribbon cutting of a new business there- to talk about the neighborhood’s past and future.
Drivers along I-4 will experience the first major traffic shift that’s part of the interstate’s major overhaul. Maitland Boulevard is being moved over a couple lanes to allow construction on I-4 Ultimate, a massive construction project to streamline traffic on the interstate.