Topher Forhecz

Host, Reporter

Topher is a reporter at WGCU News. 

He formerly freelanced for WNYC radio in New York City. He holds a master's degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.


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Federal hurricane hunters stopped by Naples on Friday to get people ready for the upcoming season.

They brought some of their aircraft, too.

The Lee County body that handles transportation planning wants to repurpose a rail line to bring travelers from Fort Myers to North Naples.

The line is currently used to move freight.

The state wants to know Southwest Floridians support the project before considering it.

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Researchers are looking into a new way to fight cancer. Their source weighs thousands of pounds, has four legs and a trunk.

They’re elephants, and they rarely get cancer.  

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ elephant retirement facility in Central Florida teamed up with the researchers to figure out why. They hope they can use their research to help people.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested an Estero man Wednesday who is accused of hacking both the state and Lee County’s elections websites. 

David Levin, who turned himself in, faces three counts of unauthorized access of a computer or computer system. Those are felonies.

The 31-year-old Levin runs a cybersecurity company. 

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Collier County is dredging sand out of Clam Pass to stop mangroves from dying. The waterway is the entry point to three bays and more than 300 acres of mangroves.

About eight acres of mangroves have already died.