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Matthew Peddie

Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

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.

Matthew's journalism has been recognized by the Public Media Journalists Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Recent Stories from Matthew Peddie

Intersection: Project Opioid; Craig Waters; Afrofuturism in the Visual Realm

Drug overdoses from Opioids surged in the wake of the pandemic, and project Opioid’s Andrae Bailey wants more people to pay attention. On this episode of Intersection Bailey talks about his campaign and a push to get Narcan- the lifesaving overdose reversal drug- in the hands of more Floridians. 

Black Kirby exhibition logo. Image courtesy of Zora Festival

Reimagining comic book superheroes through an Afrofuturist lens

What if instead of the Silver Surfer, there was a comic book character named the Electric Slider? He’s one of a cast of characters created by the art collaborative Black Kirby which reimagines comic book superheroes through the lenses of Afrofuturism, social justice and hip-hop.

A billboard from Project Opioid’s Everyone Campaign.  Photo courtesy of Andrae Bailey.

Project Opioid’s Andrae Bailey stresses awareness and access to Narcan in combating overdoses

Drug overdoses from Opioids surged in the wake of the pandemic, and Project Opioid’s Andrae Bailey wants more people to pay attention.  This week Bailey’s organization launched a campaign that puts PSAs on billboards throughout Central Florida, directing people to resources where they can get help.  Bailey says if people are addicted to opioids but are not able to get a prescription, “they’re going to move to the streets, they’re going to buy dangerous, dangerous versions of those opioids that will at some point, cause them to overdose and kill them.” The billboards highlight the dangers of Fentanyl and include links to  online resources. “We want to show them that there’s options available available medications they can take …