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.

When you think of world premiere musical performances, Tallahassee probably isn’t the first place you think of. But the Capital City will indeed be the first place on the planet to hear the newest composition by one of its most famous musical talents a week from this Saturday.

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Florida's Capital City marked Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Day with a march, a festival and a community forum on Monday, January 16.

Tallahassee’s Southern Shakespeare Company kicks off a new year of performances this week. The first show features a famous artist who is bringing to the stage his unique and personal take on a Shakespeare classic.

A day-long event in Tallahassee this Saturday (1/7) bills itself as a showcase for alternative ideas of interacting with the mind, body and spirit.

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Second Harvest of the Big Bend is starting off the New Year with a healthy $5,000 donation from AARP Florida.

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The dawn of the New Year means a new and larger role for one of Leon County's branch libraries. The Family Literacy program at the Southside's B.L. Perry Library is growing.

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There’s a new Sheriff in town. Walt McNeil was sworn in as Leon County's Sheriff Tuesday.

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Florida’s high court has decided how its capital sentencing ruling will apply to the death row population, and outgoing justice James Perry is using what is probably his final opinion to declare his opposition to the entire practice.  Tom Flanigan sits down with Nick Evans to talk about the impacts.

A Gadsden County native will be among 2017’s inductees to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. This is just the latest accolade for Billy Dean, whose honors already include a Grammy Award, scores of hit records and millions of devoted fans.

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories

The year-end holidays will be a bittersweet time at the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium in Panacea. The staff there will be saying goodbye to a long-time friend and have invited everyone who’s interested to come to the farewell party.

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A Capital City doctor is battling with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where he's worked for 36 years. Gastroenterologist Dr. Joe Webster claims the hospital is being unfair to black doctors like himself and that racism is the reason.

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The holidays became happier for about 1,500 Capital City area children and older adults Friday (12/16) morning. They were receiving early Christmas presents at Tallahassee’s Salvation Army Headquarters.

Two Tallahassee environmentalists recently headed west to join the protest against the Dakota Pipeline. Now that they've returned, they plan to use what they learned to oppose a similar project closer to home.

The Sarah Mac Band

Among the many holiday traditions in the Capital City area is the year-end concert put on by one of Tallahassee’s favorite bands. Once again, it will take place in the historic Monticello Opera House this coming Saturday evening (12/17).

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The South Florida woman accused of being the go-between in the alleged murder-for-hire of a Florida State University professor almost two years ago will not be getting out of jail before her trial.

Florida’s Capital City took home some top prizes during last weekend’s Emmy Award ceremonies in Orlando. For WFSU, one of those awards came VERY close to home.

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The City of Tallahassee officially went into holiday mode Saturday (12/3) night. The 30th Annual Winterfest brought more than 100,000 people to the city's downtown.

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The yearly Market Days event to benefit the Tallahassee Museum always attracts a lot of people. But this weekend's Market Days at the North Florida Fairgrounds had overflow crowds.

While most graduates walk to get their diplomas, a program to empower young girls has its graduates running to get theirs. Saturday (12/3) was the 6th 5K graduation event for Girls on the Run of the Big Bend.

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Former Tallahassee City Commissioner Steve Meisburg's many friends, colleagues and fans celebrated his life Thursday (12/1) night.

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Six hopeful entrepreneurs were pitching their products and services to a very interested Capital City audience the night of Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Pitch Night showcase was hosted by the Tallahassee Innovation Partnership and took place at The Gathering above Madison Social in trendy Collegetown.

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Tallahassee's many dozens of human service non-profits were out in force yesterday (11/29). The occasion was "Giving Tuesday" and the competition for awareness and funding was hot and heavy.


Every 20 years, 37 Floridians from all walks of life have a chance to make history. That chance is coming up within a few months and there are still some openings on the panel.

Gulf Winds Track Club

Thousands of people, from hard-core runners to casual walkers will descend on Tallahassee's Southwood Thanksgiving morning. They'll be taking part in a Turkey Day tradition that's nearly as old and as sacred as the football matchup between Florida State and the University of Florida.

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One-hundred Tallahassee families have even more reason to be thankful this year. Monday night they received free turkeys for this week's holiday feast, thanks to a former Florida State University and NFL linebacker who now sees himself as a life-changer.