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

Just days after a major hurricane pounded the city, about 1,000 people turned out for a community meal that stretched for two downtown blocks along Tallahassee's Duval Street Sunday evening (10/14).

Tom Flanigan

Downtown Tallahassee turned into a literal buffet of Asian cultures and especially Asian food on Saturday, Oct. 6.  The Fourteenth Annual Experience Asia Festival brought tens-of-thousands to the Bloxham and Lewis parks.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's Mission San Luis hosted its yearly Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, Oct. 6. The ritual dates back to St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century.

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Tallahassee’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is next Saturday, October 13th. Event organizers who are hoping for a spectacular turnout.

Tom Flanigan

Florida State University's Alpha Tau Omega fraternity held a unique fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. They turned a Tallahassee street into a giant water slide in memory of one of their own, brother and mentor Skip Smith, who succumbed to cancer last year.

Tom Flanigan

Saturday morning, Sept. 29 dawned clear and comfortable. That was ideal weather for a volunteer cleanup of Lake Jackson's shoreline.

Slide the City

More than 1,000 feet of Tallahassee's College Avenue will be turned into a gigantic water slide this Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be a Cancer Society fundraiser as well as a tribute to a local cancer victim.

Tom Flanigan

Around 100 volunteers were helping out in Tallahassee's largest public garden Saturday (9/22) morning.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee's first-ever electric vehicle expo happened on Saturday, Sept. 15. Organizers were happy with the large turnout.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County has no marine coastline of its own. But that didn't stop hundreds of volunteers from taking part in the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 15.

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Downtown Tallahassee now has an advanced weather station that will keep operating when nearly everything else fails. The technology comes from the local WeatherSTEM company.

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Bestselling author and History Channel host Brad Meltzer will be in Tallahassee this Sunday, Sept. 16. He'll be at the Challenger Learning Center to talk about the high-flying American hero who was the first human to set foot on the moon.

COCA

Even those who love history sometimes admit that just reading about it can be a bit dull.  But history fans can enjoy a fully immersive historical experience at Tallahassee's Railroad Square this weekend.

Tom Flanigan

Progressive Democrats launched a statewide voter canvassing effort in Florida over the weekend. The campaign got underway from Tallahassee's For Our Future headquarters, in a tiny office on East Lafayette Street.

Tom Flanigan

The head of America's Girl Scouts was in Tallahassee over the weekend. That visit was much more than a simple stop on her current book tour.

Tom Flanigan

Much has been said about the plight of disabled, homeless and legally-troubled military veterans. Leon County has a number of resources in place to help those area vets who fall into these categories of need.

Tom Flanigan

Leon County’s job creators were meeting with the area’s employee providers on Aug. 23rd. The fact the region is near full employment is making it ever harder to find qualified workers.

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All the recent talk about the nation’s voting systems facing threats from hackers has lots of people worried about the security of their own computers and systems. That was the focus of the August 23rd summit on cyber-security at Tallahassee’s Turnbull Center.

Former WFSU General Manager Patrick Keating died at his home recently. Keating led WFSU for 20 years.
WFSU-TV

The WFSU family is in mourning following the death this week of former General Manager Pat Keating.  

Indian Association of Tallahassee

With its universities and the information technology demands of state government, Tallahassee has a surprisingly large Indian connection. The India Association of Tallahassee is inviting the community to a celebration of Indian culture this Saturday, Aug. 18.

Tom Flanigan

Florida has never allowed oil and natural gas drilling off its coasts. But a new national coalition thinks that needs to change.

Bob O'Lary

Tallahassee's yearly Walk to End Alzheimer's is coming up in October. In advance of that event a supportive fundraiser was happening at a Midtown bar Saturday night (8/11).

Tom Flanigan

Two days before the start of the new class year, Tallahassee's yearly Back to School Outreach was helping more than a thousand students get ready on Saturday.

Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll
Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s child welfare agency is stepping down.

Tom Flanigan

Florida State football begins in earnest next week as the team practices at an off-limits, off-campus location. The team's top coaches met with the media on Sunday, Aug. 5  to talk about the Seminole's evolving game plan, and other matters.

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