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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



Lake Eola gets the most visitors of any city park in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie

Orlando Climbs In Parks Ranking



Access to public parks in Orlando is improving according to the Trust for Public Land, which ranks park systems in the 100 largest US cities. The Trust for Public Land’s ParkScore Index places Orlando’s park system 46th, 7 places higher than last year.


Intersection: Life After Prison; Broward County Schools Under Pressure; Sharks



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/052218_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Florida Department of Corrections is facing a 50 million dollar budget gap in its healthcare budget. To make up for that gap, the department is making cuts to programs that tackle substance abuse, mental health treatment and re-entry into life after prison.  Those cuts are being felt across the state, including at the Transition House in Kissimmee. On this episode of Intersection we take a closer look at what the …


Melissa Lucas. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Budget Cuts Threaten Prison Transition Programs



The Florida Department of Corrections is facing a $50 million budget gap in its healthcare budget. To make up for that gap, the department is making cuts to programs that tackle substance abuse, mental health treatment and re-entry into life after prison. Those cuts are being felt across the state, including at the Transition House in Kissimmee.


Intersection: Gilbert King; Torment, The Musical; Gayle



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/051818_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGilbert King won a Pulitzer prize for his book Devil in the Grove, a deep dive into the case of four young African American men who were falsely accused of rape in 1949. King says he hadn’t planned to write another book about Lake County but when a former sheriff’s deputy approached him at a book reading, he began to dig deeper into the actions of sheriff Willis V. McCall. …


Colin Bottomley (l) and Gayle. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Gayle



Tiny Desk Contest local favorite Gayle and double bass player Colin Bottomley join Intersection with a performance of That Guy.


Jameson Boyce. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Torment, The Musical



The Orlando Fringe kicked off this week. For some veterans of the theater festival it’s a return to familiar territory. It’s also an opportunity for artists to launch brand new works. Jameson Boyce who’s making his first foray into Fringe, joins intersection for a conversation about writing the score for a rock musical.


Gilbert King. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Beneath A Ruthless Sun



Gilbert King won a Pulitzer prize for his book Devil in the Grove, a deep dive into the case of four young African American men who were falsely accused of rape in 1949. His new book, Beneath a Ruthless Sun, chronicles the story of another young man from Lake County who was railroaded for a crime he didn’t commit.


Intersection: Affordable Housing; Gun Lawsuit; Opera At Fringe



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/051518_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRents are climbing in Orlando at a faster clip than many other major metro areas. Affordable housing is scarce. Government agencies can- and do- step in to help by building subsidized housing projects. But there are other things housing advocates say should be done to boost the supply of homes. On this episode of Intersection:  the affordable housing crunch and ideas to fix it. We talk to Shannon Nazworth with …


Johnathan Lee Iverson (r) rehearsing The Companion with Jacob Pence and Samantha Barnes Daniel as director Eric Pinder looks on. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Opera At The Orlando Fringe



Orlando Fringe starts today. Former circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson talks about finding a home for his artistry as an opera singer at the Fringe, and director Eric Pinder talks about finding new audiences for opera with The Companion and Safe Word.



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