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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: Dorian Aftermath; Climate Change & Politics; Circuit Church

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/091219_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAs relief efforts continue in the Bahamas and authorities there search for the missing amid the destruction after Hurricane Dorian, we check in with Orlando Sentinel reporter Chabeli Herrera, who was on a cruise ship offloading supplies and ferrying survivors over the weekend, and UPI reporter Paul Brinkmann who caught a ride on a fishing boat sending supplies to the islands.  Political Scientist Michael Gunter says storms like Dorian reinforce the need to confront the reality of climate change before it’s too …

Michael Gunter. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The Politics Of Climate Change

Political Scientist Michael Gunter says powerful hurricanes like Dorian reinforce the need to confront the reality of climate change before it’s too late. Gunter says the solution is two fold: changing the way we live to slow climate change and adapting to a warmer planet. 

Intersection: Bahama Relief Efforts; Dorian’s Toll On Turtles

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_090519.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSDorian continues its march north, and Florida residents are breathing a sigh of relief– for now. But many Floridians have personal connections to the Bahamas where the Category five hurricane caused widespread devastation, and authorities are still tallying the damage and trying to find the missing.  On this episode of Intersection we discuss recovery and relief efforts in the Bahamas in the wake of devastation left behind by Dorian.  We’ll talk to  Florida A&M University student Donervin Bastian, and Shevrin Jones, Democratic state representative …

Green turtle hatchlings. Photo: Kayla Nimmo, National Park Service

Dorian’s Toll On Turtles

Although Florida residents were spared the worst impacts from Dorian, high winds and storm surge battered the beaches along the Atlantic coast, gouging sand from the shoreline and destroying turtle nests. What’s the legacy of Dorian with Florida’s green turtle population? 

Overhead view of a row of damaged structures in the Bahamas from a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton. Photo: NPR News

Orlando Family Readies Supply Boat For Bahamas

Orlando resident Heidi Hill is busy gathering disaster relief supplies to pack on a boat destined for the Bahamas. She wonders just what she’ll see when the boat arrives. 

NASA Earth Observatory image by Lauren Dauphin

Florida’s Bahamian Community Rallies After Hurricane Dorian

Many Floridians have personal connections to the Bahamas where Hurricane Dorian caused widespread destruction. Florida A&M University student Donervin Bastian and State Rep. Shevrin Jones join Intersection to talk about their efforts to help family and friends in the Bahamas. 

Dorian Now Category 2 Hurricane; Begins Moving Away From The Bahamas

11 p.m. Update: Hurricane Dorian, still a category 2 storm, is now heading NNW at 8 mph. Dorian is still forecast to parallel the eastern coast of Florida as it continues to gain latitude. Minimal pressure still sits at 959 mb, and the winds are sustained at 110 mph. The continually growing eye and expanding hurricane and tropical-storm-force winds are due to the gradual weakening of Dorian. Some reorganization is expected as it tracks through warm, uninterrupted waters of the Atlantic, however high vertical wind shear should weaken any gains in wind speed and expand the area of the storm as it approaches the Carolinas.

Intersection: Preparing For Hurricane Dorian

https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/Intersection_083019.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHurricane Dorian is strengthening in the Atlantic, and emergency managers are warning Central Florida residents to be prepared for Dorian’s landfall as a major hurricane.  Already water and other essentials are flying off supermarket shelves, and some gas stations are running out of gas.  On this episode of Intersection we’re joined by a panel of experts to talk emergency preparations– supplies, securing your house, knowing where to go if you need to leave– and making sure medical needs are met. Joining …

Image: NOAA

Insurance And Storm Preparation

Food, water, gas and other essentials are top of mind for residents getting ready for the hurricane. But don’t forget what you’ll need to do if you have to make an insurance claim. Florida’s former deputy insurance commissioner Lisa Miller joins us with some pointers to keep in mind as Hurricane Dorian approaches.