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.

City of Tallahassee

Among the many summer camps available to Leon County young people, one will focus on protecting the area’s environment.

Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce

Organizers of a unique kind of Tallahassee summer camp insist theirs is the first local effort to combine leadership, money management and business start-up training for teenagers. The program is a joint effort of the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce and Tallahassee-Leon County Federal Credit Union.

Tom Flanigan

The City of Tallahassee’s summer jobs program for youth has doubled in size this year because of the addition of more than two-dozen new employers.

www.comicbook.com

One of Thomasville’s best-known – or at least most visible – former residents will be back in his hometown this week to help raise money and awareness for the Thomasville Community Resource Center.

Tom Flanigan

Plans for a new development along the northeast edge of Tallahassee’s Cascades Park are firming up. The project now contains lots of input from a community advisory group.

Tom Flanigan

There was a special performance for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra at F.S.U.’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall today (Tuesday, 5/23).

Tom Flanigan

America’s Deep South has inspired more than a few dark tales. A Tallahassee writer has set her latest work in that often-sinister locale.

Tallahassee Community College

This year’s Florida Legislative Session provided millions of dollars to the state’s universities. But the state’s 28 colleges saw their funding slashed and the president of Tallahassee Community College is urging Governor Scott to block the cuts with his veto pen.

Tallahassee Tech-Hire Initiative

Tallahassee has a new partnership to bring more workers into well-paying high-tech jobs. The newly launched I/O Avenue Code Academy will involve Florida A&M University, DOMI Station and the Mayor’s Office.

Tom Flanigan

More disabled students will be able to hold onto the technology that helps them communicate, thanks to a bill pushed by Tallahassee Representative Lorrane Ausley during the recent lawmaking session.

Tom Flanigan

Meetings and conventions form a big part of Florida’s visitor business. Representatives from dozens of destinations catering to that market were having their own meeting in Tallahassee today (5/16).

Tom Flanigan

The developer of a proposed hotel, apartment and retail space on Tallahassee’s East Gaines Street has formed a community panel to help guide the project. That panel will suggest ways to preserve at least part of what was the old Leon County Jail and Health Department buildings.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee’s fourth “Longest Table” community conversation event is set for June 11th. This happening will use the latest technology to insure diverse groups of people interact at the 100-plus discussion sites.

Tom Flanigan

One of the major developers of Tallahassee’s Collegetown is about to launch another big project further east on Gaines Street. It will sit amongst some of the city’s most historic buildings and border the town’s recreational crown jewel.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee’s School of Arts and Sciences holds a Tuesday (5/2) ribbon-cutting for a major expansion of its Thomasville Road campus. The new classroom building will allow the school to nearly double its enrollment within three years.

Tom Flanigan

A celebration for local foster families took place in Tallahassee on Saturday (4/29). It was also part of an ongoing effort to recruit more foster families.

Tom Flanigan

The people who live in a neighborhood that borders a small isolated arm of Tallahassee’s Lake Jackson are trying to restore the body of water to its original pristine state.

Margie Menzel

Hundreds turned out Thursday night (4/27) to roast Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare’s President and CEO Mark O’Bryant, all for a good cause.

Tom Flanigan

The Capital City marked Earth Day with a Healthy Communities event at Cascades Park on Saturday (4/22).

Jason Frankenfield

A crowd estimated at more than 2,000 marched to the Florida State Capitol on Saturday. It was part of a global Earth Day observance that in the U.S. included a battle against budget cuts to science-based programs and agencies proposed by the Trump Administration.

National Safety Council

A Tallahassee journalism professor has given his class a real-world exercise in the political process. His class members are bringing all the latest media methods to bear on reducing the problem of distracted driving, and convincing the Florida Legislature to do something about it.

www.adweek.com

There are many moving parts in the nation’s ongoing health care debate. One of the most embattled at the moment is the pharmaceutical industry. Now those companies have launched a counter-offensive to try and repair their tarnished image.

Tom Flanigan

Citizens who want to preserve at least the essence of what was the old Leon County Jail are ramping up their efforts. The group met in front of the now vacant building on East Gaines Street today (Thursday, 4/13) to discuss their next steps.

www.famunews.com

J. Murray Gibson was appointed dean of the joint Florida A&M-Florida State University College of Engineering last summer. After focusing his initial efforts on revamping the college’s internal structure, Gibson is now reaching out to both parent institutions and the community to move the college into the top tier of schools nationwide.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee marked “Take a Trip on Transit Day” by offering free rides on all StarMetro buses.  This comes at a time when the use of public transit, while still not as popular as personal vehicles, is slowly growing in Florida.

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