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

In the overheated rhetoric of this election year, it's easy to lose sight of why America remains a beacon to the world. Several dozen of those international searchers joined the American family on Tuesday (8/23).

David Wheeler

Few families in America are untouched by Alzheimer’s disease. The event’s prime organizer says an upcoming Tallahassee fundraiser will help ease the burden for those impacted by this malicious affliction.

Tom Flanigan

Last year, Tallahassee was the crime capital of Florida. But this year's crime stats are dropping and more positive connections between police and community are getting much of the credit.

City of Tallahassee

Students in Tallahassee's Frenchtown neighborhood were gearing up for the classroom on Saturday (8/20).

Tom Flanigan

Not all artwork hangs inside galleries. There’s now a small group of street artists working to turn many of Tallahassee’s outdoor surfaces into monumental works of art.

About a year and a half ago, Chiara Saldivar Gueyraud – originally from Venezuela – moved to Tallahassee from South Florida. Accompanying her, artistic and life partner Daniel O’Connor McCluskey. Ever since, various local walls have become a lot more eye-catching. That’s because Chiara and Daniel’s enterprise – “Street Art Tallahassee” – has been painting murals all over town, in places like the northern entrance to Midtown, the Miccosukee Land CoOp, Art Facility at Boys Town, the CSX overpass on South Monroe and a bunch more. And now they’ve picked up a new artistic client, the Centre of Tallahassee. That job is so big, Chiara said, that she and Daniel can’t do it alone.

“Daniel and I we want to introduce to Tallahassee different artists that we’ve worked with in the past and link them to local artists,” she insisted.

Each of these visiting artists will be assisted by two local artists who will essentially be apprentices and learn from the lead artist in order to perfect their aesthetic and technical skills. Now helping the McCluskeys – Chiara and Daniel got married this past March – with the Centre of Tallahassee project is Puerto Rico’s David Zayas. Besides his homeland, his work adorns prominent walls in places like Cuba and even New York City. His newest work is on the wall opposite the entrance to the School of Arts and Sciences at the Center.

“(Before) we worked together we knew each other for a long time virtually and we worked together on the design where it was going to be close to the school and between Kim Gabar, the manager of the Centre and us we did the design and then once it was approved I came here and we projected it onto the wall and the base of the mural and then the other faces,” Zayas explained.

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