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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: Keeping The Faith In The Face Of Terror; Meet The Flash; Brotherhood & Music With Colin & Eric Jacobsen



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_032219.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe mass shootings one week ago at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, left 50 people dead and dozens wounded and plunged the country into mourning. The massacre also sent shockwaves through the Muslim community here in the United States. On this episode of Intersection- we take a closer look at the impact of a terror attack on a house of worship halfway around the world. Imam Tariq Rasheed and Rabbi David Kay join Intersection to reflect on the sense of security …


Eric and Colin Jacobsen. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Rivalry In Sports, Collaboration In Music: A Conversation With The Jacobsen Brothers



Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra artistic director Eric Jacobsen and his elder brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen have a long association with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his ensemble Silk Road. Last May, they reunited on stage as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra capped off its 25th anniversary season performing Brahms’ concerto for violin and cello. The Jacobsen brothers joined Intersection for a conversation about performing together, working with Yo-Yo Ma and their rivalry across the ping pong table. 




Intersection: 737 Max Grounding; Teen Mental Health; NASA’s Big Rocket



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_031919.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSBoeing’s newest aircraft- the 737 Max – remains grounded after the second fatal crash in the space of just a few months. Boeing says its working with investigators to figure out what caused the Ethiopian Airlines crash this month… and the Lion Air crash last October. On this episode of Intersection  we talk to former test pilot Clint Balog about what’s next for the 737 Max, and what the grounding means for aircraft safety. The Lake Mary High School community is …




Juice bike share station in downtown Orlando. Photo: Brendan Byrne, WMFE

Juice Bike Share Ending After Three Years



Orlando’s first bike share company is calling it quits after three years. Juice is removing its bike stations and will stop service this Sunday.


Artist’s impression of the SLS launchin from Kennedy Space Center. Image: NASA

NASA’s Space Launch System Beset By Delays



Will NASA’s big rocket ever get off the ground? The Space Launch System, designed to take the Orion capsule into deep space, has been dogged by delays. Now there’s a suggestion that commercial space companies could be brought in to help the Orion program.


Dr. Candice Jones. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Talking To Teens About Mental Health



The Lake Mary High School community is in mourning after a 17 year old student took her own life on campus last week.  We check in with pediatrician Dr. Candice Jones about how to talk to teens about suicide and mental health.


Photo: Bathara Sakti, via Flickr

Questions Swirl As 737s Remain Grounded



Intersection talks to former engineering test pilot, Dr. Clint Baylog about what’s next for the 737 Max, and what the grounding means for aircraft safety.


Intersection: Moving The State Capital; A Conversation With Howard Schultz; Opera Orlando



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/031519_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSIs Tallahassee really the best place for Florida’s state capital? State Senator Kevin Rader wants to study the idea of moving the capital to Orlando,  partly to make it easier to get to. So where’s the best place for the state capital… and would it really make sense to move it? Miami already has an unofficial title of capital of Latin America, and the Miami metro area including West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale is home to more than five million …



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