Topher Forhecz

Host, Reporter

Topher is the host of All Things Considered and 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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Bill Aims to End Gay Conversion Therapy in Florida
10:41 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Bill Aims to End Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

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A Florida lawmaker is pushing legislation that would prohibit a controversial kind of therapy aimed at LGBT youths. The bill could stop the use of so-called “gay conversion therapy” in the state.

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Sexual Assaults
1:00 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Widespread Sexual Assaults Throughout the Country’s University System.

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A 2007 Department of Justice study says one out of five women experience an “attempted or completed sexual assault during their college years.”

These numbers can be difficult to clarify because – as a PunditFact article points out sexual assaults and rapes are underreported.

The federal government is currently investigating some 55 schools over how they handle sexual assaults. This includes Florida State University.

The problem also exists in Southwest Florida. A recent News-Press investigation found students reported 13 sexual assaults to campus police since 2010.

FGCU is not the only college in the region facing the issue. Sexual assault offenses and arrests have been reported at nearby schools including Florida SouthWestern State College and Ave Maria University.

We take a look at sexual assaults on college campuses, how schools and their students including those at Florida Gulf Coast University are trying to address the issue. 

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Florida Sees Increase in Wealthy Millionar
12:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Florida Sees Increase in "Ultra-Wealthy" Millionaries

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Florida saw an increase in the number of “ultra-wealthy” millionaires in 2014.

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EPA to Help The Seminole Tribe of Flori
9:58 am
Fri December 5, 2014

EPA to Help The Seminole Tribe of Florida's Water Utilities Adapt to Climate Change

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA launched a program to help water utilities across the country adapt to climate change. This includes the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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While Waiting For Government Action, One Man Pledg
6:44 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

While Waiting For Government Action, One Man Pledges to Dig Out Clam Pass

Topher Forhecz/WGCU

One man is using a shovel and wheelbarrow in an attempt to save Clam Pass in Naples from closing up with sand. If the pass closes, it threatens wildlife and mangroves in the connecting bays.

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