Tom Flanigan

Program Director for News

Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, with a focus on covering local news personalities, issues and organizations.  He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and  covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas and his home state of Maryland.  In between, he spent a number of years in corporate communications for a few private firms, time that he calls “invaluable” for giving him a greatly expanded media perspective.  During the relatively rare times he’s not racing to cover various community events and activities, Tom enjoys reading and playing guitar (He was a professional drummer in a previous life and is trying to expand his musical horizons). Follow Tom Flanigan on Twitter: @flanigan_tom.

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A massive campaign is underway to fill Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s Tallahassee warehouse. The effort involves many area businesses and community leaders.

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Students at Tallahassee Community College have a very visible way to raise awareness about sexual abuse and domestic violence this week. They've hung hundreds of message-bearing tee shirts in the middle of campus.

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The area's homeless military veterans found services galore this weekend at the North Florida Fairgrounds. The annual Veterans' Stand Down is an effort to get these troubled heroes' lives back on track.

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Downtown Tallahassee turned into a giant outdoor art show over the weekend of April 21-22. The 18th Annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival attracted tens of thousands of people.

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Tallahassee’s youngest – and some would say “most persuasive” – lobbyist, is receiving yet another recognition. Paloma Rambana is up for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

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What began as an art supply source for teachers and families is now a creative space for kids. Carly Sinnadurai welcoming visitors to the rebirth of The Sharing Tree at the Centre of Tallahassee yesterday (Sunday, April 15).

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Former Leon County Commissioner Bob Rackleff paid his more-than-$14,000 filing fee to officially enter the race for congress this (Monday, April 16) morning.

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Tallahassee’s nationally acclaimed Chain of Parks Art Festival happens this weekend, April 21 and 22. This is the 18th year for the art show and sale, which has kept growing in size and reputation since its inception.

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Saturday was postcard-perfect, while much of Sunday was a monsoon. But those who attended, performed at, or organized the weekend's 4th Annual Word of South Festival at Tallahassee's Cascades Park were declaring victory in the wake of the event.

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Low-income, minority/majority neighborhoods tend to have more health problems then affluent, mostly-white areas. A Saturday (4/13) health fair at the new Carepoint Center on Tallahassee's South Side was focused on better health outcomes for everyone.

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As it has with traditional retail stores, online commerce is changing the way some community service organizations do business. That includes the Junior League of Tallahassee.

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A Tallahassee woman is teaching a type of drawing for people who claim they can’t draw. Fans say this artistic expression also promotes a more open and accepting approach to life.

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The ballot facing Florida voters this year keeps getting longer. Leon County’s top elections official worried that could cause voter fatigue well before Election Day.

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The number of people running for Tallahassee mayor has now grown to four.  Dustin Daniels has resigned as chief of staff to current Mayor Andrew Gillum in hopes of succeeding his former boss.

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The historic country retreat of Florida Governor Lawton Chiles is now the site of a unique, all-organic country store. The store at Jubilee Orchards holds its grand opening this weekend, April 14 and 15.

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A walk honoring and raising awareness for the victims of violent crime took place at Tallahassee's Cascades Park on Sunday, April 8. Organizers are hoping victims' rights become a stronger part of Florida law later this year.

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For the first time in its 50-year history, the Springtime Tallahassee event over the weekend had to scale back in the face of inclement weather. Although a shortened version of the annual parade did take place, the Springtime Festival downtown was canceled.

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Fundraisers in support of the fight against cancer are springing up all over Tallahassee. One such event on Friday (4/6) evening involved the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The purpose of a new exhibit in Tallahassee all month long is to bring that awareness home in particularly powerful fashion.

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A well-known celebrity chef is on a mission to help restore America’s economically stressed small towns. He is launching this effort in his native North Florida this Sunday (4/8).

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A musical based on a much-loved comic strip is the latest offering by Tallahassee’s Young Actors Theatre.

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A Tallahassee art space is facing tough times. The 621 Gallery in Railroad Square is trying to rally its supporters to the cause of survival.

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Although President Trump's version of the federal budget cut scientific research funding, Congress's final spending plan - signed by Trump on March 23 - did not do that. In fact, Tallahassee's High Magnetic Field Lab is getting a funding bump, said Lab Director Greg Boebinger.

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Several Capital City service groups joined forces on Saturday (3/31) to throw a party for the previously homeless families now living at the Hope Community.

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Florida A&M University appears on the fast track to achieving a flawless reaccreditation by the end of the year. This week’s visit of an accreditation committee to the school resulted in an apparently clean bill of health.

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