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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

Intersection: Space Command; Brevard County Teachers; Brain Tumors



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_052119.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSFlorida space advocates were hit with a setback last week: the state is out of the running as a potential location for the new space command headquarters. So what’s next for the industry? On this episode of Intersection, we talk with Space Florida’s Dale Ketcham and 90.7 space reporter Brendan Byrne about why Florida could still have a chance to land the command. 625 Brevard County teachers have left the job in the last three years. That’s according to a recent …


Vice President Mike Pence announces the creation of a Space Command at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: Office of the Vice President / Twitter.

Does Florida Still Have A Shot At Space Command?



Florida space advocates were hit with a setback last week: the state is out of the running as a potential location for the new space command headquarters. Space Florida’s Dale Ketcham and 90.7 space reporter Brendan Byrne join Intersection to talk about why Florida could still have a chance to land the command.


Brevard County Teachers Leaving For Other Counties, Other Professions



Hundreds of Brevard County teachers have left the job in the last three years, according to a recent article in Florida Today. Education reporter Caroline Glenn joins us to discuss why teachers are leaving and what the school district is doing to try and retain teachers.


Fishkind Conversations: Shadows Creep Into Sunny Jobs Report



Two big economic reports for Florida just came out, and at first glance, they look great, showing a spike in jobs and tourism numbers. But economic analyst Hank Fishkind says to get a full picture of the economy it’s important to look at the long term trends as well.


Intersection: Orlando Book Festival; Lt. Governor Jeanette Nunez; Summer Concerts



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_051719.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIf you’re a reader looking to meet some of your favorite authors face to face- or a writer looking for tips on how to hone your craft- the Orlando Public Library has something for you this saturday. The Orlando Book Festival is a day long celebration of books. On this episode of Intersection we ask the library’s Sarah Fisk and author illustrator Loreen Leedy about their path to becoming published authors- and what to expect from the festival. Then- we talk …


Intersection: LaFontaine Oliver Reflects On Changes In Public Media; Incoming Orange County Fire Chief Jim Fitzgerald Talks Cancer Bill; Nick Georgoudiou Takes Typewriters To Fringe Fest



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_051419.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe media landscape is changing fast. In Public Radio, terrestrial radio is no longer the only means of distributing content. Six years ago, we weren’t telling listeners to ask their smart speaker to play WMFE- or NPR– and the explosion in podcasting has given audiences much more flexibility and freedom to choose what to listen to- and when. LaFontaine Oliver has watched some of that change unfold and had to figure out how to navigate through the uncertainty. After six years …


Orange County Fire Chief Jim Fitzgerald. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE.

A Conversation With Jim Fitzgerald, Orange County’s New Fire Chief



Jim Fitzgerald became a firefighter when he was 18, following in the footsteps of his grandfather.  He’s been in the fire service for some 42 years, and in what he calls one of the proudest moments of his career, he’s been named Orange County fire chief. Fitzgerald sat down to talk with Intersection about the challenges of fire rescue in a growing county, and what the success of the recent firefighter cancer bill means for the health of firefighters. 






Intersection: Lovebugs; art, architecture & history; Maple Sparrow



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/051019_intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSSpringtime in Florida- and love is in the air. Or at least lovebugs. Any kind of road trip through the sunshine state this time of year is usually accompanied by the percussive splatter of lovebugs hitting the windshield. So where do lovebugs come from and what are they doing here? How do they fit into the ecosystem of Florida, and what’s the best – and worst- way to get them off your car? On this episode of Intersection we dive into …



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