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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Under the bill passed last month by the Florida Legislature, felons must prove they’ve paid all fees and fines connected with their crime before they can regain the right to vote. But Leon County Clerk of Court Gwen Marshall says the big problem is no way now exists to prove all payments have been made.

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Tallahassee’s oldest continuously operated store is closing. Gramling’s feed store just south of the Capitol is calling it quits after 104 years in business.

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A special summer camp for young would-be business owners will begin in Tallahassee shortly. One goal of this particular camp is to revitalize entrepreneurship in the city’s minority neighborhoods.

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A solemn wreath-laying ceremony on Wednesday, May 29 at the Leon County Sheriff’s headquarters honored those deputies killed in the line of duty. At the same time, it seems today’s officers are facing an ever more dangerous work environment.

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Among the Capital City's Memorial Day ceremonies was the annual tribute at Oakland Cemetery hosted by the Sauls-Bridges Post 13 American Legion.

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One of America’s most respected economists has lived and taught in Tallahassee for more than half-a-century. Florida State University Economics Professor James Gwartney he has no intentions of quitting the profession he’s loved for so long.

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What was the location of the Sharing Tree creative space for kids on Tallahassee's Third Avenue is once again the organization's home.

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North Florida is seeing a sudden surge in the number of homeless cats and kittens. Deidre Carey is with the Leon County Humane Society.

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Young entrepreneurs were showcasing their products and services on Saturday (5/18) during the Second Annual Children's Business Fair held at the Tallahassee Museum.

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Nearly 30 children in storm-devastated Northwest Florida will be sleeping a lot better than anytime since last year's Hurricane Michael. That's because of a bed-building effort in Tallahassee this weekend.

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Tallahassee's Maclay School is conducting its latest learning program in a very unusual classroom building.

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Tallahassee's Cascades Park Amphitheatre was near capacity for all four Southern Shakespeare performances of Macbeth.

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Tallahassee's observance of Emancipation Month began on Saturday, May 11 near the Florida A&M campus.

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Tallahassee's residents are being recruited as the city's most effective tourism promoters. Visit Tallahassee, the area's tourism marketing arm, is now giving them some incentives.

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It's been years in the planning and the building, but Tallahassee Memorial Hospital's new quarter-billion dollar M.T. Mustian Center just weeks away from welcoming its first patients.

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Leon County hosted its Spring Home Expo on Saturday, April 13 at the County Extension Office on Paul Russell Road.

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The Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL) and the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) have launched a partnership in which attorneys will be mentors for young women aging out of foster care.

FAWL president Jennifer Shoaf Richardson says her members are excited about volunteering one hour monthly to mentor teen girls who are close to aging out of the child welfare system.

"I think many people – and especially foster youth – just need to be pointed in the right direction as far as the questions they need to ask and getting connected to the wonderful resources that already exist," Richardson says.

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At the end of this month, Tallahassee will officially celebrate the winning of a national championship that isn’t connected with collegiate athletics. It’s the victory of the DOMI Station incubator team in a competition to use hi-tech methods to solve a pressing community problem.

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The parking lot at Tallahassee's Governors Square was the site of the Leon EMS Safety Fair on Saturday, April 6. There were full-size ambulances and other emergency vehicles on display at the Fair, along with a small remote controlled ambulance that talked.

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For 31 years, Dr. Andre Thomas has been the leading light of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. He’ll be leading the group for one last time later this month. And he’ll be going out in style.

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The Centers for Disease Control says sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise nationwide. One of the fastest growing rates of syphilis in the country is being seen in Leon County.

More than 60 people from various area health care providers and social welfare agencies were meeting at the county health department facility on Orange Avenue on Tuesday, April 2. Claudia Blackburn, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County, said the local syphilis rate jumped 134% from 2017 to 2018.

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A Tallahassee middle school robotics team is heading to Houston, Texas and possible worldwide fame later this month. They're hoping their hometown supporters can help them out.

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This weekend's Springtime Tallahassee festival packed the city's downtown with celebrants. Amidst all the fun, the serious reason for the event's creation many years ago persists to this day.

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Competitors in this year's regional Energy Whiz Olympics were happy for Saturday's (3/30) partly sunny skies. The solar-powered event took place on Leon High School's tennis courts.

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The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program represents abused, abandoned, and neglected children in the state's dependency courts. Minority children are disproportionately represented there. So the program is turning to Florida A&M University's School of Journalism and Graphic Communications for help in recruiting volunteers who are male, young, or members of minority groups.

Last year, Guardian ad Litem (GAL) represented more than 39,000 children with about 13,000 volunteers. The average volunteer tends to be older, female, and white.

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