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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wo long-time pilots from the Tallahassee area received the federal government's most honored award on Saturday (3/17). Both aviators were recognized for their outstanding flight performance over more than half-a-century.

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The Tallahassee Irish Society threw its yearly St. Patrick's Day party on Saturday. This year's celebration actually fell on the saint's March 17th feast day.

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One of the most familiar faces for departing passengers at Tallahassee’s airport over the past quarter-century is flying off to a well-deserved retirement.

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It seems little kids aren’t the only people who dream of being superheroes. A Thomasville-based small business is now leveraging the dreams of adult would-be superheroes to take his enterprise to the national level.

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Crews were clearing a heavily wooded block near downtown Tallahassee on Wednesday, March 14. It’s part of site preparation for the Cascades development.

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A three-day conference on the Apalachicola River basin and its eco-system is underway at Florida State University.

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A block of Adams Street in downtown Tallahassee is about to be shut down for the rest of the year. The reason is for construction of a major addition to the DoubleTree Hotel.

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The new chief executive officer at Capital Regional Medical Center is no stranger to Tallahassee. Alan Keesee was second-in-command at the local hospital before doing the same job at a sister HCA facility in Las Vegas over the past couple of years.

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One phrase that most Republicans seldom utter, except in a negative way, is gun control. But for Democrats, especially those who are running for Florida governor, that phrase isn’t negative at all.

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Many Leon County businesses say they’d hire more local people if those prospective employees had the right skills. Now a new kind of workforce development program is getting underway to make more people ready for those jobs.

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If you’ve ever wanted to own a railroad, here’s your chance. CSX is selling off its mainline between Jacksonville and Pensacola that also passes through Tallahassee.

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Part of Tallahassee’s proposed Cascades development would mean clear-cutting for a heavily wooded block of land between Gaines and Bloxham streets.

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After a total makeover, a long abandoned Tallahassee gas station will soon reopen as a place for refreshments, entertainment and socializing. The grand opening will happen next week.

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Sometimes amazing wonders can lie unseen under our feet. A Tallahassee biologist whose life work is bringing those wonders out into the open now has a new exhibit of these remarkable revelations at the Tallahassee Museum.

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This week’s student march on the Capitol in Tallahassee attracted media from all over the country.  That included The New Yorker Magazine.   Tom Flanigan caught up with the correspondent Emily Witt, who came to Florida to cover the impact of the Parkland school shooting, and where it fits in the larger debate over gun control, mental health and mass shootings.

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Goodwill Industries of the Big Bend is now more than just a place to drop off useable discards and find merchandise bargains. The Tallahassee operation is now also in the car wash business.

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Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park hosted its annual Artisgras Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Music included the Lofty Pursuits Marching Band, while Adrian Foglin with the duo "Hot Tamale" was happy to play and talk about her group's new song "Red Betty."

"My husband's family said to the kid sister, whose name was Betty, 'Red Betty, get the bed ready!' We obviously altered it considerably for this song," she laughed.

Lucrezia Bieler said all the activities meant more people to stop by her South of SoHo Gallery.

Gerald Ensley Dies

Feb 16, 2018
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The man who probably knew more about Tallahassee than just about any other living person, has departed the community he loved so much. Veteran Tallahassee journalist and columnist Gerald Ensley has died.

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Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer admits there’s a lot of “dysfunction” at City Hall nowadays. He shared that and much more with the Tuesday morning meeting of local Democrats at the Uptown Cafe.

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Anyone who's visited the dentist lately knows that care can be expensive. But dozens of local dentists and their helpers on Saturday (Feb. 10) were providing free care for around 100 patients.

For much of the day, the sparkling new Periodontal Associates of North Florida offices near the corner of Centerville Road and Capital Circle was a humming bee hive of activity. Associates Partner Dr. Walt Colon said volunteer dentists and their support staff came from all over.

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Leon County's public library system is celebrating Black History Month with a number of events.  On Sunday, Feb. 11,  the main downtown library hosted a happening that combined reading and discussion.

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Tallahassee's 33rd Alzheimer's Disease Education and Training Conference happened Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Florida State University College of Medicine. A big emphasis this year was caring for caregivers.

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The power struggle between the Florida Legislature and the state’s local governments continues. That was obvious during Friday morning’s (2/9) meeting in the Leon County Commission Chambers.

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The white nationalist group League of the South was met with furious counter-demonstrators in Tallahassee on Saturday (1/27). Around 200 officers from every law enforcement agency in town helped keep the two groups apart in front of the Historic Florida Capitol.

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Some 140 third, fourth and fifth grade students from all over Leon County were at Tallahassee's Math and Science Charter School on Saturday (1/27) to take part in the yearly Math Stars Competition.

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