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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

Eugene Snowden and Justin Kangrga. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection Sessions: Eugene Snowden

Eugene Snowden is a legend in the Orlando music scene. He built a reputation with his band the legendary JCs, and more recently as a solo artist. Snowden joins Intersection to perform and shares stories from his musical journey and how he’s keeping the spirit of blues alive with his musical residency.

Alexandra Temes and Suanitsy Gonzalez. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Students On A Mission To Puerto Rico

Students from Orlando are heading to Puerto Rico for Spring Break. They’re visiting schools and bringing supplies, giving back to a community still getting back on its feet after Hurricane Maria.

Paul Owens & Abe Aboraya. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: A Closer Look At Florida’s Sunshine Laws

For more than a decade, Sunshine week has highlighted – and celebrated- public access to information. The Orlando Sentinel’s Paul Owens and 90.7’s Abe Aboraya join Barbara Petersen from the First Amendment Foundation for a discussion about open records.

The non profit Ability Housing is renovating affordable housing units at the Wayne Densch Center in Eatonville. Image:  Ability Housing

Rentals Hard To Come By For Orlando’s Extremely Low Income Households

The Orlando metro area has one of the most severe shortages of affordable rentals for low income households in the nation according to a new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The Gap Report finds just 17 available rentals for every 100 extremely low income households in the Orlando – Kissimmee- Sanford area.

Intersection: Affordable Housing; Circle Of Security; Internet Of Things

https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/031318_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEvery year since 1992, Florida has set aside money for affordable housing.  Now the state is facing an affordable housing crisis, made worse by the impacts of hurricanes Irene and Maria. But this year lawmakers allocated most of the money in the housing trust fund to other projects. So if there’s an affordable housing crisis in Florida and the money to build affordable housing- what’s the problem? Jaimie Ross, CEO of …

Regina Teer, Leslie Hartog, Cindy Jurie, Kimberly Renk. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Circle Of Security

A pilot program at childcare centers in Pine Hills is adapting a technique that began as a way to parent young children. Now it’s helping childcare staff nurture the kids in their care.

Mike Hess, Mital Hall and Yog Melwani. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Intersection: Smart & Sustainable Cities

Planners and engineers envisage a future where the internet of things leads to safer, greener cities. Yog Melwani, Mital Hall and Mike Hess join Intersection for a conversation about smart and sustainable cities.

Intersection: Pulse Trial Update; Legislative Session; SeaWorld; Jones High Musicians Bound For Carnegie Hall

https://wmfeintersection.s3.amazonaws.com/030918_Intersection.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFlorida’s legislative session extends into the weekend, after lawmakers struck a deal on the budget, but missed the Tuesday deadline to get it done.  The focus in the final weeks of the session has been on school safety and gun legislation- so where does that leave other big issues like healthcare, the environment, housing and higher education? On this episode of Intersection political analysts Dick Batchelor and Chris Carmody join …