“I’m sure that compared to the stories of many immigrants to this country, my path has been an easy one,” says Matthew Peddie. But if his journey here was fairly simple and straightforward – moving from his native New Zealand so his wife could be closer to her family – his life both before and after hasn’t lacked for excitement.
As a correspondent for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand, he reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby matches. (Talk about three things that are sometimes hard to tell apart!) His work for those outlets even took him as far south as Scott Base Antarctica. Since moving to Orlando, he’s been a part of the news team at 90.7 WMFE, where he’s spent the last nine years covering elections, rocket launches and other top stories. His hosting duties for the station’s Intersection program have him interviewing political leaders, environmental experts, historians, writers, musicians and other newsmakers on the Central Florida scene.
He has high marks for this culturally diverse city, with its mix of higher arts and music and the “brash populism” of the theme parks and shopping malls. He gets to stay in touch with his roots by following the sports he grew up watching, like cricket, and even files occasional reports on hurricanes or rocket launches for Radio New Zealand.
His other hobbies include drawing, cooking, gardening and outdoor sports like running, cycling, skiing and hiking. Whenever he can, he likes to spend time with his family exploring the city, swimming at the beach and discovering new parks – anything to deepen his relationship with this environment that he came to for the sake of family, and which has in turn provided him with so many opportunities.