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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



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 …


Clinton Smith (l) and Octavio Cardenas. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Orlando Opera Prepares For Spring Performance Of Pulcinella & Pagliacci



Opera Orlando is pairing Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Stravinsky’s Pulcinella in collaboration with the Orlando Philharmonic and Orlando Phantasmagoria. Stage Director Octavio Cardenas and conductor Clinton Smith join Intersection for a conversation about how they are putting together this opera within an opera.




Howard Schultz. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Mulls Presidential Run



Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has been touring the country promoting his book “from the ground up”. “I haven’t decided whether I’m running or not, but what I’ve said is that I’m profoundly concerned about the direction of the country,” says Schultz, who says if he runs, it would be as a “centrist independent.” 


Intersection: Remembering The Ocoee Massacre; Nerd Nite Orlando Turns Six



https://wmfe-od.streamguys1.com/intersection/031219_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSA group of activists and historians has been working to recognize the victims of the Ocoee massacre on election day in 1920. The massacre wiped Ocoee’s African American community off the map, but the efforts of the Truth and Justice Project of Orange County aim to retell the history of that community. It’s also part of a nationwide movement to create memorials to lynching victims and help the communities where those lynchings took place come to terms with the pain of …


“Talk nerdy to me”.  Nerd Nite Orlando founder Ricardo Williams. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Nerd Nite Orlando Turns Six



Nerd Nite Orlando turns 6 this week. The monthly “thinking and drinking” event is designed to take learning beyond the classroom. Nerd Nite Orlando founder and host Ricardo Williams joins Intersection for a closer look at how this gathering satisfies a desire and need that everyone has to learn new, cool stuff.



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