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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: Creative City Project



Cole NeSmith has big plans for the future of the Creative City project- he wants it to change the way people perceive Central Florida. 




Intersection: Write In Loophole



Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel says the write-in loophole is a huge problem. In Florida it allows a write-in candidate to close off a primary election. Ertel says the write-in loophole is not fair to voters, but he says there’s an easy way to fix the problem.


Intersection: Write-In Loophole; MacArthur Fellow; Creative City



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/101717_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFlorida has closed primary system. That means voters can only cast a ballot in the primary election for their own party’s candidate. But when the winner of that primary does not face an opponent in the general election, it opens up the primary to all voters regardless of party affiliation. There’s a way to close up that open primary though, when a write-in candidate runs. Seminole County supervisor of Elections …




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Thousands Of Floridians Need Food Assistance After Irma



Thousands of Floridians have sought help putting food on the table after Hurricane Irma. The Department of Children and Families is helping people hit hard financially by the storm sign up for SNAP benefits.


Intersection: Solar Power & Hurricanes; Public Schools & Puerto Rico; Laughter Yoga



https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/INTERSECTION_101017.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAfter hurricanes Irma and Maria, there are questions about the resilience of the power grid- and in Puerto Rico- how to rebuild that devastated grid.   Efforts to push for more solar power in Florida, the sunshine state, have hit political roadblocks in the past. But could the 2017 hurricane season be a turning point? Journalist Lyndsey Gilpin joins Intersection to talk about what the storm season can teach us …


“Positively” Pat Conklin, Laughing Yoga Instructor

Intersection: Laughter Yoga



Laughter can be infectious, and there’s a form of yoga that’s catching on too. For Laughter Yoga, you don’t need a mat, and there’s more emphasis on eye contact and group interaction. Intersection’s Talia Blake took a class in Laughter Yoga and discovered there are serious benefits to laughing.


Solar panels at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA

Intersection: Solar Energy & Hurricanes



During power outages after large storms and hurricanes, how helpful is it to have solar panels? Journalist Lyndsey Gilpin says Hurricanes Irma and Maria put the spotlight on the role of solar in the electric grid. And we revisit a conversation with Orlando solar co-op founder Michael Cohen.


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City And Non Profit Leaders Shine A Light On Human Trafficking



City and non-profit leaders meet in Orlando today to draw attention to human trafficking. Florida Abolitionist founder Tomas Lares said Central Florida’s growing population, and its popularity as a tourism destination make the region a target for traffickers.



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