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.

An oak tree recently split the historic Bradfordville Blues Club, a famous Tallahassee music venue.
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A famous Tallahassee music venue has suffered serious - possibly fatal - damage.  The historic Bradfordville Blues Club is out of commission, at least for now.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto canceled many Memorial Day observances across the Florida Panhandle. But the three ceremonies in Tallahassee soldiered on by relocating to indoor spaces.

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Tallahassee now has two cat cafes for those who don't mind a little cat fur in their coffee. The Tally Cat Cafe held its official grand opening on Saturday, May 26.

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It didn't take the dozens of striders long to finish the two-mile course through the Jake Gaither Neighborhood.

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America’s longest-running folk music festival takes place this coming weekend, Friday through Sunday May 25-27.

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There are many people talking about the need for more accessible mental health care. As part of that larger discussion, Mental Health Council of the Big Bend will present a very special kind of public health fair next Tuesday (May 29) in hopes of improving that accessibility.

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Second Harvest of the Big Bend distributed about 20 tons of food at Tallahassee's Godby High School on Saturday (May 19.)

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For the second time in 2 years, Leon County Humane Society Executive Director Lisa Glunt says her organization has taken in 4 dogs resuced from certain death in a South Korea dog meat farm.

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As it had been 153 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was once more read from the steps of Tallahassee's Knott House on Sunday, May 20.

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Animal lovers young and old were learning how to care for very young kittens and puppies in a vacant space at Northeast Tallahassee's Village Square on Saturday.

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This Friday, May 11 is the end of Small Business Week in Florida’s Capital City. The observance will conclude at Florida State University’s Turnbull Center where four local small businesses will be honored during a noon awards luncheon.

"Skip Day" characters (l. to r.) Jamelia Burrows and Na'Kerria Nelson
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Two Tallahassee college students are heading to France's Cannes Film Festival May 14. They're going because of their roles in a documentary on high school life in South Florida that will be screened during the world-famous cinematic celebration.

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An effort to make Tallahassee a retiree destination is back on track. The newly re-launched Choose Tallahassee campaign relies heavily on word-of-mouth driven by social media.

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The Southern Shakespeare Festival returns to Tallahassee’s Cascades Park May 10-13. As has become a festival tradition, the “main event” will feature a unique twist on a Shakespeare classic.

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For the past several years, mental health agencies in and around Tallahassee have formed a tight bond to help them address community needs. Now that coalition structure is being used as a model for the rest of the state in the wake of the Parkland school shootings.

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New signs are going up at a number of Tallahassee banks. The rebranding is an effort to build a unified corporate image across multi-state serving areas.

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For the first time in nearly a quarter-of-a-century, Florida State University’s Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship has moved off campus. Institute Executive Director Randy Blass was among those speaking during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, May 1st.

“Oh, wow! This is a big day and super-exciting to finally stand up in the facility for the small business leaders in the Tallahassee area and actually around the state, we’re finally in a space that is consistent with the quality of the programs we offer,” he said.

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One of Tallahassee's oldest and most successful fund-raisers for area kids in need took place the evening of Sunday, April 29 at the Centre of Tallahassee Pavilion. This was the 33rd Annual Chefs' Sampler benefiting the Children's Home Society of the Big Bend.

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Local families touched by autism found lots of area resources in one place Sunday, April 29. The event took place at Bannerman's Crossing in Northeast Tallahassee.

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Young entrepreneurs from Leon County's 5 public high schools were pitching their business ideas during the Third Annual Shark Bowl the evening of Thursday, April 26. The event at FSU's University Center Ballroom, was hosted by Junior Achievement of the Big Bend.

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A massive campaign is underway to fill Second Harvest of the Big Bend’s Tallahassee warehouse. The effort involves many area businesses and community leaders.

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Students at Tallahassee Community College have a very visible way to raise awareness about sexual abuse and domestic violence this week. They've hung hundreds of message-bearing tee shirts in the middle of campus.

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The area's homeless military veterans found services galore this weekend at the North Florida Fairgrounds. The annual Veterans' Stand Down is an effort to get these troubled heroes' lives back on track.

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Downtown Tallahassee turned into a giant outdoor art show over the weekend of April 21-22. The 18th Annual LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival attracted tens of thousands of people.

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Tallahassee’s youngest – and some would say “most persuasive” – lobbyist, is receiving yet another recognition. Paloma Rambana is up for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

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