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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: OCLS x StoryCorps Listening Party



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_011620.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSEven as libraries have transformed into hubs for innovation, learning and new technology, storytelling remains a vital part of their identity. Storytelling was showcased at a recent storycorps listening party presented by the Orange County Public Library System in partnership with WMFE and the Orange County Regional History Center.  On this episode of Intersection we to listen back to the event, recorded at the Orlando Public library last month.  We’ll hear from Randall Smith, who interviews his daughter Chelsea Smith about …




Frank Torres (l) and Dick Batchelor. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Education & Environment Key Issues In Gov. DeSantis’ State Of The State Address



Education and the environment were two of the key themes Governor Ron DeSantis focused on during his State of the State address, kicking off the 2020 legislative session. For more on how these issues affect Central Florida, Republican political analyst Frank Torres and Democratic political analyst Dick Batchelor spoke to 90.7’s Matthew Peddie.


Intersection: News Deserts; STEM Education; Paradise Rolling



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/010920_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSYou may have heard of food deserts– areas of a city where it’s hard to get fresh fruit and vegetables, but what about news deserts? As the media industry faces layoffs, there are fewer reporters covering local politics, city hall, and other important beats.  Report for America aims to change that. On this episode of Intersection we talk to Report for America’s national director Kim Kleman about the bid to fill holes in the journalistic landscape by helping fund a new generation …




LIsa Dieker and Jessica Granahan.

Teaching Math And Science In Central Florida



As Florida’s population grows, so does the need for teachers. And here in Central Florida, on the doorstep of the space coast, there’s a push to encourage STEM education. We talk to Lisa Dieker and Jessica Granahan about a program to give emerging teachers in that field a boost.


Kim Kleman. Photo: Report For America

Solving The Problem Of News Deserts



As media outlets struggle in the face of shrinking ad revenue, there are fewer reporters covering local politics, city hall, and other important beats. Report for America aims to change that by putting emerging reporters into so-called ‘news deserts.’



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