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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After an absence of several years, Tallahassee's "Feed the Community" music festival returned to Lake Ella on Sunday, November 12. It was both a charitable exercise and a tribute to a fallen friend.

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Saturday's Veterans Day observance didn't slow down traffic at the yearly "Cans for Cash" collection. City of Tallahassee Recycling Coordinator Paul Hurst's crew at the Home Depot on Capital Circle Northeast was kept busy all day.

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A new study suggests professional associations have a very big impact on Florida’s economy. And, since so many of those associations are headquartered around the State Capitol, much of that economic impact is centered in Tallahassee.

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A spectacular – and somewhat unconventional - performer is coming to the Monticello Opera House. He’s a master of blending Middle Eastern and Western beats into what’s been described as a “blizzard of sound.”

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Thanks to the City of Tallahassee and several other community partners, two families have brand new homes in the Sabal Palm neighborhood.

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A world-famous musical group will be playing in Tallahassee this Saturday (11/11).  A fortunate and unforeseen set of circumstances led to this performance.

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The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency is working on a new trail project along Tallahassee's South Magnolia Drive. At the same time, a much larger and more controversial road project is being planned in the southwest part of the city.

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Many Caribbean islands have had a rough time this year. An upcoming Tallahassee event will not only celebrate those islands’ cultures but also help rebuild a storm-devastated region.

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What its creators say is the world's biggest bounce house was at Tallahassee's Cross Creek Driving Range over the weekend.

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The story of the famous World War II African American fighter squadron, the Tuskegee Airmen was being told Saturday (11/4) at Tallahassee International airport.

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The City of Tallahassee hosted another in its series of "Longest Table" community conversations Sunday (11/5) night. It happened along a table that stretched for more than two blocks down the middle of Duval Street downtown.

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The full-service health care facility that is the new home of Tallahassee's Big Bend Cares had a public open house on Saturday (11/4). However the event was not without its critics.

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A number of local Tallahassee businesses have been marking anniversaries lately. A few weeks ago, Cabo's Bar and Grille celebrated 3 decades of existence. This weekend a popular Capital City coffee house was celebrating 2 decades of serving a large and enthusiastic customer base.

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What’s being called a “medical emergency” has cancelled tonight’s (Friday 11/3) Tallahassee concert by a legendary Southern Rock band.

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The organization that represents the Capital City's business community is urging the consolidation of City and County governments as a possible solution to crime and corruption.

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Leon County and Tallahassee law enforcement agencies have called their North Florida state and local law partners for backup.

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Few organizations are so closely identified with Florida State University as the Marching Chiefs. However, despite all its fame and acclaim, the band is asking for help and its members are hoping the community will literally “run” to the rescue.

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Tallahassee’s historic Frenchtown district will celebrate its heritage this Saturday. It will be a neighborhood block party that’s open to everyone.

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For years, those using Tallahassee’s airport have wished for direct service to Fort Lauderdale, New York City and Washington. Soon, said City Commissioner Scott Maddox on Monday (10/30), one of those wishes will come true.

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University of Florida Researcher Dr. Andy Kane had his microscope set up to show the complexities of clam and oyster shells.

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Dozens of volunteers fanned out over Tallahassee's Griffin Heights and Frenchtown neighborhoods Saturday (10/28) morning. It was part of a coordinated effort to improve public safety in those areas.

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Saturday was a little rainy; Sunday was a bit chilly, but that didn't stop the music fans who enjoyed the weekend's Tallahassee Jazz and Blues Festival at Cascades Park.

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Eighteen young cooks between the ages of 9 and 17 were competing at the Moon in Tallahassee the evening of Sunday, 10/29 for a chance to appear on the Food Network's "Chopped Junior" program.

It was during last year's inaugural local event that Food Network executives met Tallahassee's Shacafrica Simmons, better known as "Chef Shac." She went on to win the adult "Chopped" competition, recalled Whole Child Leon Executive Director Courtney Atkins.

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A man who once terrorized the administration of Florida State University is returning to his old stomping grounds. Novelist Paul McHugh will speak before an English class at his alma mater on Friday (10/27) and give a dramatic reading of his latest work the following day at Midtown Reader.

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An American Idol star who went on to sing lead for the band "Quiet Riot" is visiting Tallahassee, but James Durbin is doing a lot more than just performing his music.

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