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.

facebook.com

A true popular music legend is settling down in the place she says she feels most at home. Rita Coolidge is back in Tallahassee to stay. Coolidge says she first came to Florida’s Capital City in 1963-64.

tallahasseereports.com

Tallahassee, which is historically among the youngest places in Florida, is steadily adding more seniors to its population. That’s creating boom times for retirement living facilities, including a new concept in senior housing that’s now under construction.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County schools have long been shelter locations during disasters. Now a concerted effort is underway to train school staff members to be shelter volunteers.

news.fsu.edu

So much has been said by national experts about this week’s historic meeting between the leaders of America and North Korea. But Florida State University has its own expert who has spent years studying the historic and modern dynamics of Northeast Asia and the politically fractured Korean peninsula.

Tom Flanigan

A hometown Tallahassee business relies on its employees’ muscle-power to turn a profit. That small firm is also helping to organize more local businesses in an effort to preserve the community’s uniqueness.

Independence Landing

A Tallahassee residential community for the disabled is edging closer to reality. The latest fundraiser for the proposed “Independence Landing” at Southwood gave the project a significant boost.

christies.org

A Thomasville writer has penned an insightful biography of the “most famous woman sculptor you’ve never heard of.” That artist also had some very definite connections to the Tallahassee and Thomasville areas.

Tom Flanigan

There are now an even dozen Republican candidates running for Florida governor. The latest is Bruce Nathan, who filed his papers, along with a filing fee of more than $7,800, at the Florida Secretary of State’s office first thing Monday (6/4) morning.

Tom Flanigan

Last year's two hurricanes and last week's subtropical Storm Alberto apparently have more people taking advance preparation a lot more seriously than they used to. getting ready for the storms to come. Leon County and other community partners hosted a storm preparedness "Build Your Bucket" event at the North Florida Fairgrounds the day after the official start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Tom Flanigan

North Florida's regional counseling and referral hotline got a big boost from local runners on Saturday (6/2). Officials with 211 Big Bend are also hoping the organization's good reputation won't be tarnished by not-so-reputable hotlines elsewhere.

WFSU.org

Now there are seven people running for Tallahassee Mayor. Former State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda has announced her candidacy.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee’s Grace Mission at the corner of Bronough and Brevard streets is being graced with a giant mural on its eastern wall. The artist is Kollett Propst who wants the image to carry an important message about acceptance and redemption.

Tom Flanigan

There are a lot of new developments at Leon County’s Innovation Park. The Park’s Executive Director provided a recent update, but before we get into all that’s new, a bit of history is in order.

Tom Flanigan

Health fairs are fairly common happenings. But a first-of-its kind event at the North Florida Fairgrounds the evening of Tuesday, May 29 focused exclusively on mental health care.

An oak tree recently split the historic Bradfordville Blues Club, a famous Tallahassee music venue.
Gary Anton / Facebook Page

A famous Tallahassee music venue has suffered serious - possibly fatal - damage.  The historic Bradfordville Blues Club is out of commission, at least for now.

Tom Flanigan

Subtropical Storm Alberto canceled many Memorial Day observances across the Florida Panhandle. But the three ceremonies in Tallahassee soldiered on by relocating to indoor spaces.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee now has two cat cafes for those who don't mind a little cat fur in their coffee. The Tally Cat Cafe held its official grand opening on Saturday, May 26.

Tom Flanigan

It didn't take the dozens of striders long to finish the two-mile course through the Jake Gaither Neighborhood.

a large crowd gathers in a clearing between the trees
Florida State Parks

America’s longest-running folk music festival takes place this coming weekend, Friday through Sunday May 25-27.

hospital building with many windows
Tom Flanigan

There are many people talking about the need for more accessible mental health care. As part of that larger discussion, Mental Health Council of the Big Bend will present a very special kind of public health fair next Tuesday (May 29) in hopes of improving that accessibility.

Tom Flanigan

Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributed about 20 tons of food at Tallahassee's Godby High School on Saturday (May 19.)

Tom Flanigan

For the second time in 2 years, Leon County Humane Society Executive Director Lisa Glunt says her organization has taken in 4 dogs resuced from certain death in a South Korea dog meat farm.

Tom Flanigan

As it had been 153 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was once more read from the steps of Tallahassee's Knott House on Sunday, May 20.

Tom Flanigan

Animal lovers young and old were learning how to care for very young kittens and puppies in a vacant space at Northeast Tallahassee's Village Square on Saturday.

bigbendmedweek.com

This Friday, May 11 is the end of Small Business Week in Florida’s Capital City. The observance will conclude at Florida State University’s Turnbull Center where four local small businesses will be honored during a noon awards luncheon.

Pages