Tom Flanigan

Program Director for News

Phone: (850) 487-3086  x362

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.


9:35 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Gunman Killed, Three Injured During Shooting At FSU

The scene outside of Florida State University's Strozier Library at 1:35 a.m.
Credit Tom Flanigan / WFSU News

  Update 11:53 a.m.: From the Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the gunman who shot three people at Florida State University before being killed by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school.

The official told The Associated Press that the shooter was Myron May, who graduated from Florida State before attending Texas Tech University's law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

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WFSU Local
5:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Leon Circuit Judge Judith Hawkins Fights To Keep Her Seat

Credit Gaza Road Ministries

Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins is fighting to hold onto her job. She’s filed a response to a recommendation by a state judicial prosecutor that she be tossed off the bench.

In her response, filed Thursday with the Florida Supreme Court, Hawkins said the removal recommendation was a much stronger penalty than what had originally been suggested by the hearing panel for the state’s judicial qualifications commission. 

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10:19 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Update: Tallahassee Grandma Who Killed Grandson Charged With Premeditated Murder

Martha White, 63, is charged with premeditated murder in the stabbing death of her grandson.
Credit Leon County Sheriff's Office

A 63-year-old woman is being charged with premeditated murder in the stabbing death of one of her grandsons.

Deputies found Martha White's car half-a-mile away from the scene of the crime. The arrest report says she was bloody, carrying a wine bottle and Xanax. White told police her grandson's mother had been torturing her for years and that she was "fed up."

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5:25 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Judical Commission Wants Leon Judge Hawkins Removed From The Bench

Florida Judicial Commission recommends removing Leon Co. Circuit Judge Judith Hawkins from the bench

Florida's Judicial Qualifications Commission wants the Florida Supreme Court to fire Leon Judge Judith Hawkins. The group isn't buying Hawkins' reasons for why she should keep her job.

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6:45 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

FSU's Winston Suspended From Baseball Team, Football Future Uncertain After Crab Leg Flap

Florida State University Quarterback Jameis Winston

Florida State University star athlete and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston has been suspended from the university baseball team. The reason: Winston walked out of a Tallahassee Publix without paying for about $30 worth of crab legs and other seafood items.

This is not a criminal arrest, this is a civil citation program," said Leon County Sheriffs Major Mike Wood during a press conference about Winston's crab leg theft. 

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