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.

Tom Flanigan

A new facility that contains all of Leon County's elections functions was officially opened on Thursday, Sept. 21. It's been named in honor of the county's immediate past supervisor of elections.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Knight Creative Communities Institute is marking its tenth anniversary. The upcoming year's initiative will be tackling an ambitious project as part of the celebration.

Tom Flanigan

With most local needs now met, Tallahassee area residents were helping other parts of Florida recover from Irma today (9/14).

Tom Flanigan

With Leon County’s storm recovery well underway, the county’s Sheriff’s Department has sent help to a far more storm-tossed area to the south. While Tropical Storm Irma did not leave the Capital Region unscathed, Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil pointed out the situation was far more serious elsewhere.

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While Tallahassee’s power is rapidly coming back on, there still may be some small business owners and entrepreneurs who need a temporary operation space. So DOMI Station off Railroad Avenue is ready to help.

Tom Flanigan

Nationally, fewer than one out of five elected offices is held by women. An effort to shrink that political gender gap took place in Tallahassee over the weekend.

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Some have claimed that storms like Hurricane Harvey are the result of global climate change, which is likely to mean more dangerous weather events in the future. So we checked in with the State of Florida’s climatologist to get his take on that argument.

Tom Flanigan

A Congressional hearing on the theft of American intellectual property by the Chinese took place yesterday (Wednesday), not in Washington, D.C., but in Tallahassee, Florida. Two House members from Northwest Florida took testimony from two experts and one victim.

choosetallahassee.com

The idea of “adult education” is not new. But the whole concept has been taken to a new level through a locally-available program that rolls out its latest course offerings in a few weeks.

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What were once two very sick loggerhead sea turtles are now fully recovered and will be headed back to the wild this Friday (9/1).

Tom Flanigan

A little-known Tallahassee park is an island of thick forest in an otherwise urban landscape.

Tom Flanigan

People who love both coffee and cats have a new Tallahassee destination. The city's first-ever cat cafe had its grand opening on Saturday (8/26).

For Our Future

Progressive political and environmental groups rallied in front of the Old Florida Capitol on Saturday (8/26). It was part of a statewide effort to send a message to the state's governor and Republican U-S Senator.

Tom Flanigan

Dozens of Florida A&M University students who found mold in their campus housing earlier this week are now moving into healthy, freshly-cleaned units. The school’s president took reporters on a tour of the apartments on Friday, Aug. 25.

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Tallahassee’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory will again offer its popular “Science Café” series this fall. The first café takes place Tuesday (9/29) evening in the Backwoods Bistro on East Tennessee Street.

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If you’ve ever wanted to sing in a world-class choral group, here’s your chance. The national-award-winning Tallahassee Community Chorus is opening its ranks to new members.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee is once again on top of the world when it comes to the size of a special kind of research magnet. The announcement came Tuesday, Aug. 22 from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

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The Capital City area is on a money-raising kick against Alzheimer's. A couple of events took place this weekend with another major fund-raiser coming up a few weekends hence.

Tom Flanigan

Yet another event focused on improving the quality of life for Tallahassee's Southside residents took place on Saturday, Aug.19. The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Symposium took place at FAMU's Development Research School.

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When it comes to high school marching bands, one of the most competitive areas involves the band’s drum line. Now some Tallahassee band parents have set up a fundraiser to make their school’s drum line even more competitive.

Tom Flanigan

The Florida LGBTA Democratic Caucus has slammed President Trump's so-far unfollowed order that all transgender people be removed from any connection with the U-S military.

Allen Thompson

Monday’s (8/21) solar eclipse wasn’t total in Tallahassee, but that didn’t stop hundreds of enthusiastic watchers from showing up at the Challenger Learning Center. 

Naomi Rose-Mock

Scary stories have always been popular. And when you present a truly bloody horror story on stage with a great cast and terrific songs, the result is even more irresistible.

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A Tallahassee woman is pushing the technical envelope when it comes to sustainable food production. She’s also using this leading-edge experiment as a science teaching tool.

Tom Flanigan

A life skills program for elementary school girls is extremely effective, according to a new independent study.

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