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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Tallahassee is in a growth spurt. One of the big beneficiaries of that growth is the city’s hotel business.

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Saturday (6/17) was the annual Family Fun Day at Walker Ford Community Center, in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Tallahassee. Not only were there the obligatory bounce house and face-painting, but a mobile food pantry was there as well.

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The big 22-story Florida Capitol is where all the legislative and executive branch action takes place nowadays. But the Old Capitol building next door is the one that so often appears in any visual reference to state government, such as TV ads for or against state political candidates or various causes of urgent public concern.

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Leon County held its annual Press the Chest CPR training event Saturday (6/17) at Tallahassee's Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Several cardiac event survivors were on hand to tell their stories.

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Most Tallahasseeans probably don’t know much about the international refugees who now call the Capital City home. But a local digital artist is out to change that.

Alex Workman describes himself, first and foremost, as a storyteller.

“I’ve always loved telling stories,” he said. “My mom’s a Florida State grad and was an art teacher. And so from a young age I was always building things and creating things. She took the fine art route, I took the digital route.”

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One of North Florida’s best-loved writers has released yet another literary visit to her hometown of Chattahoochee. This is the 7th published work for Rhett DeVane.

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Summertime can be a hungry time, especially for low-income families. Now some powerful Tallahassee women have helped launch an new program to bring wholesome meals to families in the city’s Southside Promise Zone.

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Florida’s Capital City joined with many other communities around the state on Monday (6/12) in solemn tribute to those killed during the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting in Orlando one year ago.

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Tallahassee's Ahmed Shrine Temple and its Daughters' Court held the yearly "Stepping for Diabetes" event Saturday (6/10) at Tallahassee Community College. This was the first time the fitness and health awareness happening was combined with the Florida African Dance Festival.

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A special kind of film festival happens at Tallahassee’s All-Saints Cinema this Thursday through Sunday (6/15-6/18.)

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Despite recent efforts by Congress to improve the performance of the Veterans Administration, some Tallahassee vets and even a local caregiver say their situation hasn’t improved.

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Tallahassee and Leon County emergency personnel went head-to-head with a major hurricane called “Danica” Thursday (6/8). The purpose of the exercise was to put some of the lessons learned during last year’s Hurricane Hermine to the test.

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A Tallahassee cook swept the competition in Tuesday night’s (6/6) “Chopped” show on Food Network.

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The version of healthcare reform passed by the U.S. House early last month would be devastating to Florida patients who have disabilities. That was the message Tuesday (6/6) morning from more than a dozen advocate organizations in Tallahassee.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 marked the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, the massive Allied invasion of Normandy. A Florida State University historian has dedicated much of his professional life to studying this event, which was the beginning of the end of the War in Europe.

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A Saturday afternoon (6/3) march and rally in Tallahassee targeted gun violence across the nation and closer to home. Several groups, including the League of Women Voters, organized the protest.

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The yearly "Build a Bucket" effort by Leon County, the City of Tallahassee and organizations like the Red Cross to help area residents prepare for hurricanes was held on Saturday (6/3). The turnout beat all previous records.

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Hundreds of volunteers filled the cafeteria of Godby High School on Saturday. They were there to pack thousands of meals to help the region's low-income families get through the summer when school meal programs are shut down.

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Hundreds of volunteers filled the cafeteria of Godby High School on Saturday. They were there to pack thousands of meals to help the region's low-income families get through the summer when school meal programs are shut down.

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Some of Tallahassee’s young professionals were helping deliver Meals on Wheels today (Friday). Meanwhile, Elder Care Services of the Big Bend, which runs the delivery service for the area’s senior shut-ins, is also looking for some financial help in the face of possible federal cutbacks.

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Tallahassee’s Mayor and Candidate for Florida Governor Andrew Gillum brought his stump speech to the Capital Tiger Bay Club today (Wednesday, 5/31).

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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