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.

Tom Flanigan

At age 84, Social Security, America’s senior safety net program, is in its "Golden Years," but that may not last unless the federal government steps in. The program's birthday was marked with cake and a media event on Wednesday at Tallahassee City Hall with activists calling on congress to fully fund the Social Security trust fund. 

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Most communities are lucky if they have one regularly performing big band. Tallahassee is fortunate enough to have two. One of these will be giving a special performance this week at Florida State’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

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The Leon County Library system was giving away vegetable seeds to anyone with a library card on Saturday, August 10. Patrons at the B.L. Perry Branch Library on South Adams Street were also getting expert help on how to tend their new gardens.

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Alumni members of a Florida A&M fraternity hosted a back to school party for their neighborhood on Saturday. The Kappa Alpha Psi house on Wailes Street became a one-stop-shop for a wide range of needs.

Rosanne Wood

Monday, Aug. 12 is back-to-school day for Leon County’s public school students. Among what's new will be some extra resources to help the district’s lower income students and their families.

A 135-year old classic American novel, written by one of the nation’s greatest writers, is now on the banned book list in many U.S. high schools. But one local teacher has persisted in teaching that book in his school, despite all the controversy.

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It’s more than a year until Florida’s next election. Still, the first candidate to file for Florida House District Nine is wasting no time presenting herself as a friend of public education.

A yearly treat for fans of the visual and performing arts takes place this coming Saturday evening at The Moon in Tallahassee.

The Tallahassee Community Chorus now faces a future without its legendary director, Dr. Andre Thomas, who retired earlier this year. But the group has now tapped a former member to take over the podium.

One of America's oldest and best-known symbols has made it to the three-quarters-of-a-century mark. Wakulla Springs State Park will be the location for the local celebration this Saturday, August 3.

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The Big Bend Homeless Coalition's REfire culinary training program graduated its latest class the evening of Friday, July 26. If history is any indicator, the odds are good these new grads will quickly find jobs in their field.

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Tallahassee has been a railroad town almost since its founding. A new owner has now taken over that historic rail line.

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A Tallahassee woman who has assumed a unique character and appearance has won an international title through that portrayal. At the same time, she’s connecting with fans who have been bullied and degraded.


A legendary Capital City band returns to the stage this Friday night. Tom Flanigan reports the reunion is sure to bring back memories for those who remember the so-called “golden age” of the Tallahassee Strip.

Lamar Wilson

A national broadcast beginning PBS this week will be of particular interest to North Florida viewers. At the same time, the TV program plumbs some unsettling history.

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More kids in the area hit by Hurricane Michael last year will soon be sleeping better thanks to another volunteer bed-building effort. This morning’s (Tuesday, July 23) construction site was in the parking lot of Tallahassee’s Texas Road House Restaurant.

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Saturday, July 20 was the Griffin Heights Neighborhood Community Day. It was a chance for area residents to connect with any number of community service organizations.

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The so-called “trades” are today’s hottest job options.   Tallahassee Community College has now received a big boost to its training program for welders.

David Kirby

A Florida State University English professor has many accomplishments to celebrate during his half-century at the Tallahassee campus. Still, David Kirby remains just as excited about each new semester as he was when he was starting out back in 1969.

Margie Menzel

On Friday night about 150 people gathered at the state capital to protest detainee conditions at the U.S. southern border and in Homestead, Florida.

Called "Lights for Liberty," the organizers said 700 cities participated in the vigil worldwide. In Tallahassee, Blair Clawson, a bilingual elementary school teacher, recalled a conversation with a boy newly arrived from Honduras.

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est on Saturday, July 13. The occasion also happened to be the launching point for one band's first international tour.

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Even as the overall rate of HIV and Aids is going down, the incidence among African-Americans remains high. A three-day seminar in Tallahassee was addressing that over the weekend.

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Tallahassee’s newest business set up shop in Railroad Square on Friday, July 12.  The “owners” were about three dozen summer campers who had created party supplies from recycled materials and discarded household items and were selling their creations to customers.

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When it comes to helping kids who need it, Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna says many services come from small organizations with very little funding. “There are people just truly doing the Lord’s work. It’s amazing and lots of them are doing it for nothing, out of the goodness of their heart. But it does give us the chance, before we go to voters, to see where are we, is there a need and if so, what are the targeted outcomes we expect.”

Abby Kinch

Every summer, a major live stage performance takes place in the Leon High School Auditorium. This will be the second year the casting call has been extended to every public high school in the county.