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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: Border Wall Politics In Florida; Farewell Opportunity; Capitol Steps



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/021919_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPresident Trump declared a National Emergency to free up more money to build a wall along the southern US border. The president made the announcement last week after agreeing to a funding deal to avoid another government shutdown. So how’s the declaration of emergency playing with lawmakers in Central Florida? On this episode of Intersection we dig into the ramifications of the state of emergency and plans for a border wall with political commentators Jason Henry and Frank Torres. Opportunity rover …


How Border Wall Politics Play In Central Florida



Political analysts Jason Henry and Frank Torres join Intersection to unpack the president’s declaration of a national emergency in the bid to fund a wall on the Southern US border.


Intersection: Analyzing The Pulse ‘Shoot Review’; Venezuelans In Orlando; Hannah Harber



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_021519.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe state attorney’s office for Orange and Osceola County completed a six month investigation into shots fired by law enforcement officers during the Pulse mass shooting in 2016. Their conclusion- none of the more than 180 shots fired by officers during the confrontation hit clubgoers. Orange County sheriff John Mina- who was chief of police at the time of the shooting- says the findings are a relief for the officers involved. The report also brings some closure to some victims family …


Intersection: Policing After Parkland; MSD Teacher Jeff Foster Reflects; Pulse Community Sends Messages Of Support



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/021219_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThis week, Parkland marks one year since the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. On this episode of Intersection we look at how the school community is coping, how law enforcement agencies are using a new law to help them act on potential threats, and the connection between two cities affected by the trauma of a mass shooting. For nearly a year, Florida police and sheriff’s offices have had so-called red flag legislation at their disposal, which allows them to ask …


Visitors to the Pulse memorial are invited to write messages of love and support on a banner destined for Parkland. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

An Uncommon Bond Of Loss: Messages Of Comfort From Pulse To Parkland



The onePULSE Foundation is sending a banner with messages of support to Parkland, and it will honor victims of the shooting at an event on Thursday. The Foundation’s Nikole Parker joins Intersection to talk about community healing after a tragedy.


Project Opioid; StoryCorps; Uilleann pipes



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/020819_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSGovernor Ron DeSantis says he’s making addiction relief and mental health a top priority, calling for nearly $85 million  to tackle the opioid epidemic in Florida. At the same time, central Florida leaders are banding together in a local effort called project opioid. On this episode of Intersection we explore how the approach of Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties complement statewide efforts to tackle the opioid crisis, and what solutions are most likely to succeed? Joining the program are Nikaury Muñoz, System of Care …


StoryCorps facilitators and participants pose for a group photo after the StoryCorps Listening Event at ORMC on Jan. 31.

StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth Hits The Road After Five Weeks In Orlando



StoryCorps is hitting the road again. The mobile studio housed in an Airstream trailer has been parked up at the Orlando Museum of Art for more than a month, and the team’s recorded dozens of stories from Central Florida residents.  Mobile Tour site manager Jacqueline Van Meter joins Intersection to reflect on the last five weeks. 


Vicki Gish & Cathleen Kavanaugh. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Uilleann Pipes & Fiddle



If you think Bagpipes- you probably think highland pipes. But the pipes you might hear in marching bands, or at weddings and funerals, aren’t the only bagpipes out there. There’s also the uilleann pipes from Ireland. Kathleen Cavanaugh joins Intersection to perform the Uilleann pipes accompanied by Vicki Gish on fiddle.


Intersection: Analyzing Gov. DeSantis’s Budget; College ESports; Trinidadian Writer Anna Levi



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/020519_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSGovernor Ron DeSantis promised a bold vision for Florida when he took office. And his first weeks on the job have been marked by some bold actions- reversing Florida’s course on smokable medical marijuana, pledging a big spending plan to help clean up the Everglades, and signaling an end to common core. The Governor’s also outlined what he wants in the state budget to pay for this. On this episode of Intersection we check in with political commentators Dick Batchelor and …


Anna Levi.

Anna Levi Gives Voice To Residents Of Trinidad’s Underworld



Anna Levi is a novelist with Trinidadian and Grenadian roots. Her debut novel, Madinah Girl, tells the story of Maria, as she struggles to avoid a life of domestic servitude. Levi joined Intersection to read from her novel and talk about her writing which explores what she calls Trinidad’s underworld culture.



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