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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: Pulse Memorial; Florida’s Medical Marijuana Business

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_111419.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSPlans are moving ahead with a memorial and museum at the site of the Pulse nightclub .The design team for the memorial says it will be a place to learn about tolerance as well as to remember the 49 people who were killed in the 2016 mass shooting.  On this episode of Intersection we discuss the importance of the Pulse nightclub memorial for the LGBTQ+ community in Florida. And we’ll talk about how other cities in the US have remembered the victims …

Unpacking Central Florida Election Results

Florida Today Government Editor Dave Berman and political analysts Frank Torres and Dick Batchelor join Intersection for closer look at the issues that got Central Floridians to the polls for Tuesday’s elections.

Intersection: Recapping Central Florida Elections; Living Off The Land

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_110719.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMayor Buddy Dyer has been re-elected to a fifth full term, extending his 16 year tenure at the helm of Orlando.  Dyer says he’ll focus on transportation, housing and completing the Dr. Phillips Center in his next term.  Orlando was not the only Central Florida city voting for a mayor or commissioners on Tuesday: Oviedo has a new mayor, Megan Sladek, and cities and towns from Brevard to Lake County turned out to the polls to vote for new leadership and …

Rob Greenfield browses on red hibiscus in Dickson Azalea Park, Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Rob Greenfield: Living Off The Land In Orlando

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ditch the weekly supermarket shopping trip and live off the land? We talk to environmental activist Rob Greenfield about his year long experiment foraging in Orlando and learn some surprising facts about the edible plants you can find in city parks.

Desmond Meade at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Amendment 4 Bus Tour Hits The Road

Amendment 4 supporters launched a statewide bus tour Saturday to promote the restoration of voting rights for former felons. Tour organizers say they hope to reach as many returning citizens or former felons as possible and help them register to vote, and also raise awareness and money for a fund to help the formerly incarcerated pay off fines and fees.

Intersection: Aretha Simons; Harry Nelson; Opera Orlando’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/103119_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAretha Simons says the city of Orlando needs new leadership. Simons is a businesswoman challenging incumbent Buddy Dyer in the mayoral election.  With early voting underway and election day less than a week away, Simons is going door to door and laying out her plan to take the city forward.  On this episode of Intersection, Simons joins us to talk about her priorities for Orlando if she wins election next week. Among those priorities– improving the supply of affordable housing and …

Bob Neu, Brittany Renee Robinson & Gabriel Preisser. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Opera Orlando Opens New Season

Opera Orlando kicks off its season this weekend with a version of Marriage of Figaro that borrows some visual cues from Downton Abbey.