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Matthew Peddie

Matthew Peddie

News Manager and Host of WMFE's Intersection

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.

A WMFE listener since his first visit to Orlando in 2002, Matthew is excited to be working in public radio covering general news and transportation issues here in Central Florida.

Recent Stories from Matthew Peddie

Wekiva State Park- Photo Courtesy Florida Park Service

Springs Funding Plan Draws Praise

“[Funding Springs Restoration] might be an epiphany… the fact that the Governor has recognized that now, as the economy starts to improve we need to put more and more emphasis on what’s going to be the long term positive effect to our economy- and obviously to our quality of life.”

Orion Crew Capsule and Service Module at the Kennedy Space Center. Image Credit: NASA/Rad Sinyak

Orion Makes A Move

NASA has finished building the crew module of its newest spacecraft- Orion. The spacecraft was moved out of the Kennedy Space Center facility Thursday where engineers have been getting it ready. Orion’s cone-shaped crew module, stacked on top of a white service module, emerged from the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on a special flat bed transporter. It was moved to a new facility where it will be fueled up with ammonia and hyper propellants for its test flight slated for December. The crew capsule can seat four astronauts. December’s mission- an unmanned flight about 3,600 miles into space- will be used to test out Orion’s safety features. Eventually NASA aims to send Orion on missions to deep space- an asteroid … Read More

As US Ponders ISIS Response, First Responders Honored for Role in 9-11Recovery

Thirteen years after the attacks on 9-11, the US needs to remain vigilant against terrorism. That’s according to retired Marine Corps major Dan Pantaleo, who was involved in the recovery effort after a hijacked passenger plane hit the Pentagon, killing 184 people. Pantaleo is the keynote speaker at a 9-11 memorial event for first responders at the Orange County Convention Center Thursday morning. The 13th anniversary of 9-11 comes as the US grapples with how to respond to the organization known as the Islamic State. ISIS as it’s also sometimes called, recently posted online videos showing the killing of two kidnapped American journalists, including South Floridian Steven Sotloff. Pantaleo says the US needs to be ready to respond to the threat posed by the Islamic State. “Americans and … Read More

Deadline Nears to Fix Inconsistent ACA Applications

Thousands of Floridians have been told they could lose Affordable Care Act coverage because of inconsistencies in their paperwork. In August, the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace started contacting enrollees who had inconsistencies on their applications relating to citizenship or immigration status. Anne Packham is the Marketplace Exchange Project Coordinator in Central Florida. She says across the state more than 90,000 people have been told the information they submitted on their applications, such as the Social Security or Permanent Resident Card number, doesn’t match the information the government already has on file. Packham says that’s about 10% of Floridians who signed up overall. “A lot of people who did it online or who didn’t get around to doing that are now getting notices from the government … Read More