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.


1:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Public Universities, the Private Corporations They Create and Sunshine Law

T. W. Hair

Florida’s public universities have a history of creating foundations. They have names like the Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation or the Florida State University Research Foundation. But these foundations are actually private corporations. And the links between these corporations, which oversee a number of university-related functions from managing athletics departments to constructing housing, and their public universities is murky.

The Florida Supreme Court is currently moving forward with a case that seeks to establish whether or not these private corporations are truly extensions of the university.

This fall, Associated Press Correspondent Mike Schneider wrote an article called “Colleges duck public records law via corporations,” which not only explored the relationship between public universities and their private corporations, but also asked 30 of Florida’s biggest university corporations for lists of staff salaries, donors and contracts under Florida’s Sunshine Law. The results were mixed.

We discusses the relationship between universities and these corporations, and what a ruling from the Florida Supreme Court might mean for them.

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1:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Report Finds Almost Half of Floridians Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Almost half of all Floridians are struggling to make ends meet. That’s the takeaway from a new report by the United Way. It’s called the ALICE report, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. It was done in partnership with Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.

The report states Florida’s 15 percent poverty rate doesn’t properly show exactly how much people are struggling when it comes to necessities such as housing, food, child care and transportation. Part of this is because the federal metrics for defining the poverty rate have not been updated since 1974. So, the United Way and its partner set out to create a new set of standards that takes an even crisper look at poverty in Florida.

We’ll take a closer look at those standards and what they tell us about poverty in the Sunshine state.

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Law and Order
2:18 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Florida Police Departments Receive Cold Case Grant Money

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The Department of Justice awarded grants to several Florida police departments to help them work on cold cases. This includes the Fort Myers Police Department.

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New Affordable Housing Units Open in Dunbar
9:36 am
Fri November 14, 2014

New Affordable Housing Developments Open in Dunbar

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The Fort Myers Housing Authority and others held a grand opening for two new affordable housing developments in the local community of Dunbar on Thursday.

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1:43 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Animal Rights Group Files Suit to Stop Primate Breeding Facility

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An animal rights group has filed suit against Hendry County. The group said the county broke the Sunshine Law when it approved a permit to build a primate breeding facility.

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