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.

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Low-income, minority/majority neighborhoods tend to have more health problems then affluent, mostly-white areas. A Saturday (4/13) health fair at the new Carepoint Center on Tallahassee's South Side was focused on better health outcomes for everyone.

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As it has with traditional retail stores, online commerce is changing the way some community service organizations do business. That includes the Junior League of Tallahassee.

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A Tallahassee woman is teaching a type of drawing for people who claim they can’t draw. Fans say this artistic expression also promotes a more open and accepting approach to life.

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The ballot facing Florida voters this year keeps getting longer. Leon County’s top elections official worried that could cause voter fatigue well before Election Day.

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The number of people running for Tallahassee mayor has now grown to four.  Dustin Daniels has resigned as chief of staff to current Mayor Andrew Gillum in hopes of succeeding his former boss.

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The historic country retreat of Florida Governor Lawton Chiles is now the site of a unique, all-organic country store. The store at Jubilee Orchards holds its grand opening this weekend, April 14 and 15.

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A walk honoring and raising awareness for the victims of violent crime took place at Tallahassee's Cascades Park on Sunday, April 8. Organizers are hoping victims' rights become a stronger part of Florida law later this year.

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For the first time in its 50-year history, the Springtime Tallahassee event over the weekend had to scale back in the face of inclement weather. Although a shortened version of the annual parade did take place, the Springtime Festival downtown was canceled.

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Fundraisers in support of the fight against cancer are springing up all over Tallahassee. One such event on Friday (4/6) evening involved the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The purpose of a new exhibit in Tallahassee all month long is to bring that awareness home in particularly powerful fashion.

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A well-known celebrity chef is on a mission to help restore America’s economically stressed small towns. He is launching this effort in his native North Florida this Sunday (4/8).

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A musical based on a much-loved comic strip is the latest offering by Tallahassee’s Young Actors Theatre.

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A Tallahassee art space is facing tough times. The 621 Gallery in Railroad Square is trying to rally its supporters to the cause of survival.

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Although President Trump's version of the federal budget cut scientific research funding, Congress's final spending plan - signed by Trump on March 23 - did not do that. In fact, Tallahassee's High Magnetic Field Lab is getting a funding bump, said Lab Director Greg Boebinger.

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Several Capital City service groups joined forces on Saturday (3/31) to throw a party for the previously homeless families now living at the Hope Community.

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Florida A&M University appears on the fast track to achieving a flawless reaccreditation by the end of the year. This week’s visit of an accreditation committee to the school resulted in an apparently clean bill of health.

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A modern version of the classic "Rosie the Riveter" image from World War Two now adorns the western wall of the Garages on Gaines.

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Not many people get a building named after them when they retire. But Second Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Francis received that very present during his retirement party on Wednesday (3/28).

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The Leon County Sheriff’s Office was showing off its brand new in-house command center on Wednesday, March 28. The facility is meant to be either a stand-alone hub of department operations or connected to the county’s Public Safety Complex in cases of all-out emergency.

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The candidate most polls now say is the Democratic front-runner for Florida governor spoke in Tallahassee today (Tuesday, 3/27). Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine appeared at the Capital Tiger Bay Club meeting.

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Now that Tallahassee State Senator Bill Montford has said he won’t run for mayor, will incumbent City Commissioner Curtis Richardson jump into the mayor’s race? Richardson expects to answer that question soon.

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If you’ve ever thought of starting a home garden, but didn’t think you had the time, space or skill to do so, help is on the way. Local gardening experts are hosting a free, day-long series of gardening workshops for beginners later this month.

A sign bearing the names of the 17 people killed during the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (3/24/2018)
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Students, parents, and a wide assortment of gun-control advocates young and old marched and rallied in Tallahassee Saturday.  The local "March for Our Lives" event was one of more than 800 similar happenings in the United States.

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A few weeks ago, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the state’s School Safety Bill into law. Part of the new law sets aside $69 million to provide mental health resources in schools. Now a special team is already marshaling those resources for the schools in Leon and seven surrounding counties.

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The average business that reaches its Silver Anniversary might throw a party for its employees to mark the occasion. But in the case of longtime Tallahassee communications and marketing firm owner Karen Moore, she decided to celebrate by re-branding her entire operation.

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