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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Spring break is underway for Leon County’s high schools. Students at Leon High saw the possible consequences of bad spring break choices this morning (Friday, March 15), especially when it comes to drinking and driving.

Margie Menzel

The Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) is holding its annual Lobby Days in Tallahassee this week. Members are hearing from policymakers and visiting lawmakers, and they’re looking to expand their good works.

On Monday, FAWL members heard from Attorney General Ashley Moody, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Simone Marstiller, and Senate Minority Leader Audrey Gibson.

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Tallahassee's best-equipped and largest commercial kitchen won't be found in any of the city's high-end restaurants. Instead, it's the new Kitchenshare Project located in Frenchtown's Heritage Hub, which is also the site of the weekly farmer's market.

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These have been challenging times for one of Tallahassee’s largest faith communities. The unexpected departure of the parish’s spiritual leader last summer shook the congregation to its core. Now the Anglican Church in North America has brought its first archbishop out of retirement to bring healing and renewal to the Capital City cathedral church of St. Peter’s.

Marty Klein

A former Tallahassee man is back in his old stomping grounds this week. But the visit is actually part of his life’s work to save the lives of people like himself.

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On March 8th, Tallahassee's National Cemetery will provide a final resting place for one of the thousands of U.S. service members who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The sister and niece of this fallen hero will be among those on hand to welcome him.

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A lively forum on Tallahassee's big issues took place the night of Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Bethel Family Life Center in Frenchtown. Much of the discussion focused on the challenges facing the city's low income residents.

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Some of the Capital City’s best-known personalities were helping deliver Meals on Wheels on Monday, Feb. 25.  The yearly “Big Wheels” event is hosted by Elder Care Services of the Big Bend.

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The Tallahassee Women's Club at Los Robles was turned into a combined art gallery and art studio on Sunday, Feb. 24. The proceeds helped several local charities.

Tom Flanigan

As part of the local observance of Black History Month, Tallahassee's Cascades Park welcomed the yearly Harambee Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23.

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Tallahassee's centers for scientific research and learning on the city's southwest corner welcomed thousands of visitors on Saturday during a combined open house event. Those centers are aiming to become crown jewels in the region's economic future.

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Months after Hurricane Michael, Northwest Florida suffers both a human and a humane crisis. It seems untold hundreds of animals left homeless by the storm have found refuge in households that can no longer afford to feed them.

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Tallahassee's own version of the Mardis Gras festival happened on Saturday, Feb. 16 in Tallahassee's Railroad Square Art Park. Dubbed "Artis Gras" the local event has been celebrated since 2009.

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Is it possible to ever get completely "away from it all?" A celebrated writer who's visiting Tallahassee this week poses that question in her latest book.

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Tallahassee's Council of Culture and the Arts - also known as "COCA," is in the market for a new leader. Executive Director Audra Pittman, who assumed that role in mid-2014, has now taken a new job in Atlanta.

Tom Flanigan

The Bark in Tallahassee's All Saints neighborhood was helping battle Alzheimer's disease on Saturday, Feb. 9.

This is a busy week for the region's small farms. They're part of a yearly outreach intended to connect more local folks with homegrown food products.

Tom Flanigan

The newest commercial addition to Tallahassee's South Monroe Street - or "So Mo" corridor - opened for the first time over the weekend. Despite very low key advance notice, hundreds of people at the soft opening of the Proof Brewing Company.

Tom Flanigan

WFSU Public Media hosted the third annual Be My Neighbor Day on Saturday. The event helped re-inforce the Capital City's image as a family-friendly community.

Tom Flanigan

For the 6th year, more than 100 Tallahassee dental professionals were giving away their services on Saturday, Feb. 2. The "Dentistry from the Heart" event attracted hundreds of patients.

Tom Flanigan

A large affordable-housing development in Tallahassee’s Frenchtown had its formal ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 31. The new Casanas Village complex is located on historic ground

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For the second year, Tallahassee area mental health providers and crisis organizations are again banding together to host a community conversation on youth suicide next week.

Tom Flanigan

The LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival happens April 27th and 28th in downtown Tallahassee. This year's festival plan was announced by LeMoyne's leadership during a special reveal event the evening of Thursday, Jan. 17.

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A Tallahassee eighth grade student is calling for a Leon County school strike tomorrow (Friday, 1/18). That student, Charlotte Stuart-Tilley, wants to focus more attention on the issue of climate change.

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With a new administration in charge, full implementation of Florida’s 2-year old medical marijuana amendment now seems more likely. Meanwhile, supporters of industrial and medical hemp – marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin – are also hopeful.

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