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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

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Intersection: Lightning Research

Summer time is thunderstorm time. Florida is the lightning capital of the country, and according to the National Weather Service, more people are killed by lightning in Florida than any other state.

Intersection: Democratic Debate Recap; Combating Online Predators; Tracey Coryell

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_062819.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSOne stage, twenty candidates and two nights in Miami. What did we learn from the Democratic presidential candidates in the first debates of the primary?  Immigration, climate change, and healthcare were top of mind for candidates as they each made their pitch to voters— so who had the clearest message, what policies stood out, and did the debates sort out any clear front runners?  On this episode of Intersection, we recap the Democratic Primary debates with Jason Henry and Jeremy Levitt.  Then: …

Tracey Coryell. Photo courtesy Tracey Coryell

Intersection Sessions: Tracey Coryell

Orlando singer songwriter Tracey Coryell stops by our studios to talk about the new album she’s writing and how music has helped her deal with the grief of losing her husband.

Chris Hadnagy. Photo: Innocent Lives Foundation

Combating Online Predators

Innocent Lives Foundation is a non profit that uses so-called ethical hackers to try and track down online predators and turn them over to law enforcement. Orlando based founder and CEO Chris Hadnagy talks about the tools his foundation uses to combat online predators.

Democratic Candidates Debate In Miami

Jeremy Levitt and Jason Henry join Intersection to recap the Democratic presidential debates in Miami and analyse the issues on the campaign.

Artist concept of the logistics module docked to Gateway in lunar orbit. NASA will seek solicitations from American companies to deliver cargo and other supplies to the lunar outpost that will support human exploration of the Moon by 2024.
Photo : NASA

A Gateway To The Moon

NASA is moving ahead with plans to establish a mini space station in orbit around the moon. The Gateway will help support plans to get astronauts back on the moon in the next five years. 90.7’s space reporter Brendan Byrne talks to program manager Mark Weiss about getting The Gateway off the ground.

Intersection: July Perry; Tamara Keith; Chloe Hogan

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_062119.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThis morning the city of Orlando unveiled an historic marker commemorating July Perry. Perry was lynched during the Ocoee massacre in November 1920, a wave of violence in which between 6 and 30 black residents of Ocoee were killed and the town was burned by a white mob.   The marker represents an effort to come to terms with a painful episode in the history of the state of Florida. On this episode of Intersection, we discuss what it means to …

An historic marker commemorating July Perry was unveiled in Orlando Friday. Photo;: Danielle Prieur, WMFE

Commemorating July Perry And Addressing The History Of Racial Violence In Central Florida

On Friday, an historic marker was unveiled outside the Orange County History Center in Orlando, commemorating July Perry. Joining Intersection for a discussion about what it means to confront this legacy of racial violence in Central Florida are Charley Williams, task force member with the truth and justice project of Orange County; Rachel Allen, director of the peace and justice institute at Valencia College; and Will Jefferson, community manager with the Peace and Justice institute.

Intersection: What The Trump Re-election Campaign Launch Means For Orlando; Drivers Licenses For Teens In Foster Care

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_061819.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPresident Trump’s re-election campaign launch brought thousands of spectators to the Amway Center, and protesters too.  Some fans had camped out in front of the venue days in advance of the rally.  On this episode of Intersection we were joined by political analysts Frank Torres and Jeremy Levitt. Then- for youth in Florida’s foster care system, getting a driver’s license can be a challenge. Keys to Independence is trying to change that. For the last four and a half years, the …