Bachelor in Journalism, University Idaho, 1960.
Newsman, United Press International, Seattle, 1960; statehouse reporter, United Press International, Boise, Idaho., 1960-1961; newscaster, Station KBAR, Burley, Idaho., 1961-1962; news editor, Burley Herald-Bulletin, 1961-1962; reporter, editor, Salem (Oregon) Capital journal, 1962-1973; N.W. news editor, Oregon Journal, Portland, Oregon, 1973-1981; Washington correspondent, Oregon Journal, Washington, 1981-1982; Washington correspondent, The Oregonian, Portland, 1982-1987; press officer, United States Peace Corps, Washington, 1987-1990; editor Peace Corps Times, United States Peace Corps, Washington, 1990-1992; president, Flanigan's Communications, Washington, since 1992; Washington correspondent, Kuwait News Agency, since 1993. Consultant National Association Community and Junior Colls., Washington, 1986-1987, National 4-H Council, Washington, 1986-1987. Visiting professor journalism Oregon College Education, Monmouth, 1967-1969.
Member National Press Club, International Brotherhood of Magicians (territorial vice president 2004-2010, International Business Machines Corporation Sabar award 2010), Society of America Magicians (president SAM Larry West Assembly 1998, secretary 2000-2001, vice president 2001-2003), National Association Government Communicators (Blue Pencil award 1989).
Married Roxanne Jo Nevers, May 1961 (divorced 1977). Children: Carmon Merle Flanigan Friedrich, Karen Ruth Flanigan Tissue. Married Patricia Jean Hume, December 10, 1977.