Tom Flanigan

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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.

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.

An ongoing tribute to Leon County's lynching victims was discussed at Tallahassee's Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church on Saturday, Jan. 13.

Florida's Capital City held its Fourth Annual Experience Tallahassee Festival on Saturday, Jan. 13 at Cascades Park. The event began as a way to better acquaint local college and university students with all the community has to offer.

For years, many political observers have asked “What’s wrong with the Democratic Party today?” One of today’s prominent political writers believes Democrats have caused much of their own current grief by departing from their historical core principles.

South Georgia might seem an unlikely place to find elephants. But that’s where an internationally-respected conservationist has built a sanctuary for these largest of land mammals.

A plethora of constitutional amendments were passed on the 2018 ballot. From banning greyhound racing, offshore drilling, to allowing voters to choose whether or not to open a casino in their district. WFSU News Reporter Blaise Gainey gives us the gist of what these new changes mean.

Great sadness often lurks in the midst of holiday celebrations. It’s been long known that the year-end holidays are – for many people – not just bittersweet but downright bitter.

A special Tallahassee housing project to reduce area homelessness is marking its first anniversary.

The weekend death of former Florida legislative leader and longtime educator T-K Wetherell is being mourned throughout the state; especially by those Floridians involved in any with the state's institutions of higher learning.

Descendants of Tallahassee's very first residents were among the Native peoples at this weekend's Winter Solstice event at Mission San Luis.

Dozens of volunteers were building bunk beds on Saturday, Dec. 15 for area kids who don't have beds to sleep in. About fifty people turned the parking lot of the Leon County Court Annex on Thomasville Road into a woodworking production line.

Former Florida House Speaker and FSU President T.K. Wetherell has gone into hospice care after battling cancer for a decade and a half.

One of the best-loved songs of the holidays is celebrating its two-hundredth anniversary this year. It turns out that song also has a direct connection to Tallahassee.

FSU’s Ruby Diamond Concert Hall will welcome one of the holiday season’s best-loved traditions this weekend, Dec. 8 and 9 as the Tallahassee Ballet stages its rendition of “The Nutcracker” with some very special guest performers.

Tallahassee's Alternative Christmas Market to benefit dozens of area charities took place over the weekend. It was the first time the event has happened without its founder, who died last month.

Tallahassee's Winter Festival may have been partially rained out over the weekend, but intrepid shoppers braved the weather to take part in the yearly Market Days at the North Florida Fairgrounds.

A compilation of columns and articles by legendary Tallahassee Democrat writer Gerald Ensley has its official release in book form next Thursday, December 6.

After decades of performing music, a talented Tallahasseean has finally released his very first collection of recorded songs.

Federal Small Business Administration loans are still available to area victims of Hurricane Michael. But the time to apply for that help is running out.

A New York Times best-selling author whose detective tales have attracted a cult-like fan following is coming to Tallahassee. But it seems Louise Penny underwent considerable trauma in her own life before she could take up the profession that would make her so famous.

The so-called “missing link” of the St. Marks Trail between Tallahassee and the Gulf coast has been finished.

Despite advancements in both modern medicine and public attitudes, epilepsy still afflicts many thousands of people and remains misunderstood by millions.

The greater Tallahassee community gathered at Cascades Park the evening of Sunday, Nov. 11. The event was in tribute to the November 2nd shooting victims at Midtown's Hot Yoga studio.

More than 400,000 American children are in foster care, and 25,000 of them are in Florida. Their average length of stay is 25.3 months, according to the Ackerman Institute for the Family – and they have rates of post-traumatic stress disorder similar to veterans of war.

Shannon Carroll owns and operates Redemptive Love Farm in Tallahassee. She and her husband have adopted 7 children and fostered many more.

The yearly Tallahassee Science Festival happened on Saturday, Nov. 3. The power of human technology was on display, along with the power of nature, as exemplified by the recent hurricane.

Sunday's (11/4)  rains didn't wash away the Second Annual Scott Campbell Feed the Community event at Lake Ella. In the midst of occasional showers, the bands played and Second Harvest of the Big Bend received lots of non-perishable food donations.

The Friday night mass shooting at Midtown Tallahassee's Hot Yoga studio did not deter some 200 yoga practitioners from a special downtown gathering the following day, Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Second Annual Scott Campbell Feed the Community Festival happens this coming Sunday, Nov. 4 at Tallahassee's Lake Ella. The recent hurricane has increased the urgency of the occasion.

Here’s a positive, uplifting story with a happy ending. It’s about a lady who, along with her family, made sure her own ending was a happy one.

A memorial service for the victims of the Oct. 27th synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh was held at Tallahassee’s Temple Israel the evening of Monday, Oct. 39. Hundreds of people from all backgrounds and faith traditions packed the Temple’s sanctuary.