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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After Hurricane Michael literally blew away the event last year, South Georgia’s signature celebration of Native American culture will be held this weekend near Whigham.

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Tallahassee's Hope Community for homeless families now has an exciting new play space for the community's children. A small army of volunteers completed the project in less than 5 hours on Saturday, Oct. 12.

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Saturday morning's weather in Tallahassee was perfect for walking. That helped encourage hundreds of walkers who were stepping out at Cascades Park to help the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

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The Capital City’s namesake robot, “Tallahassee Cassie,” is now among the best-balanced robots on earth. Cassie was built by Agility Robotics and programmed  by the Optimal Robotics Lab at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. That's where Dr. Christian Hubicki is a professor and he said the machine can keep its feet even when the unexpected happens.

stuartwoods.com

The person who may now hold the title of “most prolific living American author” is enroute to Tallahassee. Novelist Stuart Woods began his writing career in 1981.

leonschools.net

One of Tallahassee’s oldest public schools is trying to restore an important part of its history, while also adding some new technology to its campus. The school is reaching out to the community for help.

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One of Tallahassee’s oldest neighborhoods will soon be telling its story through the voices of its most prominent residents, even though they are no longer alive.  Frenchtown’s historic celebration, including these "Soul Voices," will play out over four upcoming weekends.

bostonga.com

The community of Boston, Georgia just northeast of Thomasville may be small. But its residents know how to have big fun and everyone is invited to the community’s party that happens October 25th and 26th.

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There are lots of good reasons to make bicycles a more common transporation choice. But one negative is that Florida - including Tallahassee - has a poor safety record when it comes to bikes.

Tom Flanigan

Saturday, October 5 was Leon County's 22nd Annual Volunteer Firefighter and Fire Truck Roundup. This year, a true life-saver was honored as "Firefighter of the Year."

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Ken Burns’ recent PBS series on the history of country music was a profound experience for millions of viewers. One of those viewers was Billy Dean, the Quincy native who achieved country music stardom and has now returned to his North Florida roots.

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Tallahassee’s Chain of Parks Art Festival is once again ranked among the nation’s best, according to “Sunshine Artist” magazine. This is the third year the local event has been in the survey’s Top-Five. 

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The 2019 Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI) project is moving into its construction phase. Called "Red Hills Rhythm," it's a plan to bring more music to public spaces.

Special Olympics/Leon County

There are many ways to support the Special Olympics program. But there’s a newly created gala that’s set to help out Leon County’s Special Olympians.

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New statewide data shows many young girls in Florida do not have happy lives. The findings, compiled by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and the Children’s Campaign, were presented at a Tallahassee news conference on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

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The official history says four African-Americans were lynched in Leon County between 1897 and 1937. Plans to erect a local monument recalling those injustices are now moving ahead.

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Tales of the American West have been popular since at least the U-S Civil War. One of the most celebrated modern writers of Western fiction will be coming to Tallahassee October 2nd.

Tom Flanigan

After much planning and lobbying, one of Tallahassee’s most challenged areas will now be the target of a full-court press to improve the physical condition of the neighborhood as well as the lives of its residents.

Tom Flanigan

More than 300 people, including most of the Capital City's government and organizational leaders, jammed the Civic Center ballroom on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 23.  What followed was two hours of tough talk on race.

Tom Flanigan

Tallahassee City Manager Reese Goad says the local airport has just received a $1.77 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Florida State University

The incidence of sexual assault in America remains at distressingly high levels. Now two Florida State University graduate students are trying to help local victims with the healing and recovery process

The statistics are that one out of every five women in the U.S. will experience sexual assault at some point in their lives. FSU Clinical Psychology graduate student Katherine Schafer is one of the treatment project organizers.

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Tallahassee's Native Nurseries on Centreville Road had more customers than usual the morning of Saturday, Sept. 21. The reason was a special deal on native plants, thanks to a partnership with Leon County Government.

Florida State University

Tallahassee's Backwoods Bistro is again the scene for a free series of public policy forums this year, sponsored by the FSU College of Social Science and Public Policy.

Naomi Rose-Mock

A revived and updated version of a message musical from the 1970s is set to take the stage in Tallahassee next week. 

Capital Health Plan

Later this fall, Capital Health Plan will open its new Metro Center Building near the corner of Thomasville Road and Interstate 10.

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