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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

screenshot from Webster's video campaign for House Speaker

Webster Makes Video Pitch For Speakership

Congressman Daniel Webster is running a video campaign … trying to win support to be the next Speaker of the House. The Central Florida republican is vying to replace John Boehner, who will step down at the end of the month.


Governor Rick Scott says he wants to protect Floridians from hospital ‘price gouging’. The governor said this week he wants hospitals to post their prices and average payments, in an easily accessible place on their websites. The hospitals say he went too far with that statement- they’re calling it mean spirited.

Art Made From Ancient Tree Goes To Auction

Central Florida residents get the chance to own a piece of Seminole County history this evening. Dozens of artworks made from the remains of a 3,500 year old tree are up for auction.

Photo: FBI.gov

Intersection: Fighting Human Trafficking

Florida ranks near the top for the number of calls made to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline. Trafficking victims are forced into prostitution or made to work against their will. And in Florida, Orlando is a trafficking hub. Fighting human trafficking and helping its victims in Central Florida.


Florida Governor Rick Scott went to Kentucky to announce he’s bringing jobs back to the sunshine state — but was that trip necessary? Has Scott’s grab for jobs gone too far? This story and more with our panel for the Friday news round table on Intersection.

Alleged Zimmerman Shooter To Stand Trial

A man who allegedly shot at George Zimmerman has been ordered to stand trial for attempted murder. Matthew Apperson also faces charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.

Intersection: Child Arrests & High Stakes Testing

More kids aged 5-10 get arrested in Orange and Osceola Counties than any other county in Florida. That’s according to public defender Robert Wesley, who says more of those arrests are happening during the school year than in the summer months. Troubled kids are being turned over to school resource officers rather than counselors or psychologists, and Wesley wants to know why. Ahead on intersection- a conversation with Robert Wesley, Osceola School Board member Kelvin Soto and Orange County School Board member Linda Kobert about the arrest rate.

Photo Credit: CNN


The gloves came off for the second round of the GOP primary debate. Eleven candidates jostled for attention- former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sparred with front runner Donald Trump… and Senator Marco Rubio took the opportunity to highlight the story of his immigrant family- and air some of his foreign policy ideas. How presidential were the two Florida candidates in this debate? Then- lawmakers in the Florida House and Senate approved bills to allow gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons on college campuses. But the bills still face more committees before they can become law- and they’re opposed by college presidents. And- Jeff Bezos payed a visit to the space coast. The Amazon founder is bringing his private …

Simulation Experts Tout Multi Billion Dollar Business

Experts in computer simulation head to Orlando today for a summit to highlight the importance of the multi- billion dollar industry. Simulation is used in a wide range of applications- including the theme park industry.