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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A bill allowing the state to preempt local governments on nearly all aspects of regulation concerning short-term vacation rentals, like Airbnb, has stalled in the Florida Senate.

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A new process that connects to a national DNA database now awaits all felony suspects booked into the Leon County Detention Facility. The goal is to connect more suspects with unsolved crimes.

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A silver anniversary open house at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory on Saturday, Feb. 18 was attracting big crowds. The event had several new features to make the occasion even more festive.

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A celebration of artists with different abilities took place Saturday, Feb 22 at Tallahassee’s Kleman Plaza. A prime sponsor of the event was the Gretchen Everhart School.

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Railroad Square’s Square Mug Cafe hosted a fundraiser for the storm-tossed businesses in Mexico Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The event was sponsored by the Big Bend Poets and Writers.

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The topic of race relations remains an uneasy one in Tallahassee. Another way to examine the topic is through the lens of the performing arts, especially when the issue is placed into the framework of a classic tragedy.

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A secluded cluster of small businesses on Tallahassee’s east side will be the site of a block party this Friday evening, Jan. 31. It’s an effort by the companies’ owners to connect with existing and future patrons.

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School discipline doesn't have to mean punishing the students. Over the weekend of Feb. 8 & 9 a Tallahassee charter school was the scene of a seminar on an alternative form of keeping order in the classroom.

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For the rest of this month, the Leon County Library branches will be handing out free vegetable seeds to card-carrying patrons. The very popular program kicked off on Saturday, February 8.

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Tallahassee singer-songwriter Grant Peeples very seldom covers other artists’ songs. But Peeples' latest collection is nothing BUT cover tunes, all written by women.

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Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School Chorus has had a close connection with a true rock and roll legend for several years. Now, that legend’s wife is allowing the school’s chorus to perform a world premiere of her latest composition.

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Is it possible to jointly run a multi-million dollar international business and also have a happy marriage? A Tallahassee couple insists it can be done and they’ve now written a book that contains their secrets.

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Handel’s “Messiah” is seldom played outside of the Christmas season. But a Tallahassee musical group will be performing a very different take on the famous work this coming Sunday (Feb. 9.)

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Tallahassee’s Fourteenth Working Well CEO Breakfast happens February 11h at FSU’s Turnbull Center. The event’s keynote speaker provided a preview.

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Tallahassee marks its 200th anniversary in less than 4 years. Planning for the big celebration is now underway.

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A veteran Leon County educator was treated to a gala retirement party over the weekend. Shirley Cain was the registrar at SAIL High School for 30 years.

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Children’s Week in Tallahassee is Jan. 26 through 31. Among the events will be Monday evening’s (Jan. 27) of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Advocacy Award. This year’s honoree has been standing up for the state’s kids for more than 40 years and his name is Jack Levine.

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Both the Tallahassee and Leon County commissions will consider big changes to the area's one-source recycling programs this week. The matter is on both commissions' meeting agendas.

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Leon County marked Arbor Day on Saturday, Jan. 25 with a community tree-planting at Martha Wellman Park. Volunteers planted hundreds of trees around the park’s large pond.

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On Jan. 30 the Florida Bar honors lawyers from all over the state for their outstanding service to clients who can’t afford legal help. Among them is the award winner from North Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit. There are scores of lawyers in Tallahassee. One of them is Robert Churchill.

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For thousands of years, the area just south of what is now Tallahassee was home to incredible herds of prehistoric animals and bustling Native American communities. All this history comes to light during the upcoming Wakulla Springs Heritage Carnival on February 1st.

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For thousands of years, the area just south of what is now Tallahassee was home to incredible herds of prehistoric animals and bustling Native American communities. All this history comes to light during the upcoming Wakulla Springs Heritage Carnival on February 1st.

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For the first time since the company's founding eleven years ago, the CEO of Tallahassee's Red Eye Coffee is not named Mark McNees. The firm's new leader is named Barby Moro.

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For more than three decades, one of the pinnacles of Tallahassee’s social calendar is the annual Golden Gala to benefit Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. A major attraction is top-tier musical talent and organizers insist this year’s gala will continue that tradition.

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Young engineers and programmers were competing to reach the next level in regional robotic competition over the weekend of Jan. 18.

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