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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

The Harvard Global Health Initiative’s interactive risk assessment map shows the coronavirus risk for each county in the US. Red indicates a higher level of risk. Screenshot from Harvard Global Health

Your Sunday Update: Florida Reports Largest Single Day Increase In Cases; More Than 7,000 People Hospitalized With COVID-19; Trump Aides & Allies Question The Convention

 Florida reports largest, single-day increase in Covid cases The Associated Press Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic. According to state Department of Health statistics, 15,299 people tested positive, for a total of 269,811 cases. California had the previous record of daily positive cases — 11,694, four days ago. New York had 11,571 on April 15. The numbers come at the end of a grim, record-breaking week in Florida, with about 500 fatalities. On Sunday, 45 more deaths were reported. Throughout May and into June, the state reopened much of its economy with some restrictions. More Floridians died of coronavirus this week than in …

Protesters march towards the Orlando Police headquarters on May 31st, 2020. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Back To School Concerns; Police Reform & Protest; Elevate Orlando

On this episode of Intersection we talk to Elizabeth Albert of Volusia United Educators about teachers’ concerns when schools reopen. Later in the show: conversations with Orlando police chief Orlando Rolon and activist TJ Legacy Cole about police reform; and Sherry Paramore of Elevate Orlando talks about fostering dialog between the young people her organization mentors and the police.

T J Legacy Cole. Image: Zoom / WMFE

Journalist And Activist T.J. Legacy Cole On Protests And Police Reform

The last few months have brought together veteran activists and people newly motivated to join protests over racial inequality and police brutality. Journalist and activist T.J. Legacy Cole joins Intersection to talk about the protest movement, the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Orlando, and police reform.

Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran’s executive order calls for schools to  open brick and mortar campuses five days a week in fall.

Back To School Order Raises Concerns

This week Florida’s education commissioner Richard Corcoran released an executive order telling schools that they will have to open up brick and mortar campuses five days a week in fall. Intersection host Matthew Peddie spoke to Elizabeth Albert, president of the Volusia United Educators, about how teachers are responding to the executive order. 

OPD Chief Orlando Rolón spoke to Intersection via Zoom. Image: WMFE

A Conversation With OPD Chief Orlando Rolón About Police Reform

On Monday Orlando Rolón, the Orlando Police Chief, told the city council that the police department would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants. It’s part of a range of reforms activists have been calling for amid protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in May. Rolón joined Intersection to discuss how his department is responding to calls for reform. 

Disney World Magic Kingdom Castle on 7/9/2020
Photo: Allison Varney

Disney World Reopening After Four Month Hiatus

Nearly four months ago, Disney World closed its doors as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country. This weekend, two of the theme parks reopen. Seth Kubersky, Orlando Weekly columnist and co-author of the Unofficial Guides, tells 90.7’s Matthew Peddie that visiting the Magic Kingdom today is a very different experience, with reduced crowds and social distancing measures in place.