Joel Thomas

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Joel is an Emmy Award winning journalist with more than 15 years of television experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in political science. He enjoyed writing at an early age, and by junior high school decided to steer his future toward journalism. Joel wrote and shot photos for his hometown newspaper while in high school and focused his energy on broadcasting during his college years.

Over the years, Joel has worked in Bryan/College Station, Austin, New Orleans and Atlanta. During that time he’s covered a wide range of events, including the Branch Davidian stand-off, the Oklahoma City bombing, and President Clinton’s impeachment. His work has received numerous awards including more than a dozen from the Associated Press, a Texas Headliner’s Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy Award.

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15 Years Since Downtown Fort Worth Tornado

There are few reminders of the tornado which roared through downtown Fort Worth fifteen years ago this week.

03/26/2015

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Fort Worth Starts First Ever Animal Foster Care Program

With animal shelters filling up, the City of Fort Worth is taking an unusual step to keep homeless pets alive. As part of a new program, one woman has become the city’s first animal foster care home.

CBS 11–03/25/2015

Photo of College Station store clerk Kevin Garcia. The 55-year-old was beaten, kidnapped, and driven more than 10 hours to North Texas. (credit: College Station Police Dept.)

55-Yr Old Beaten, Kidnapped Clerk From College Station Dies

The College Station store clerk who was beaten, thrown into the back of his pickup and driven more than 10 hours to Haslet has been taken off life support.

CBS 11–03/20/2015

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Grass Roots Effort By Pastors To Bring Neighbors Together

Fort Worth pastors of minority churches are forging a coalition of diverse groups to attack problems they see in the neighborhoods around their churches every day.

CBS 11–03/18/2015

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Ferguson, Missouri Pastors To Visit Fort Worth

Fort Worth pastors are beginning a faith-based effort to unite various cities like Ferguson and Cowtown in justice programs.

03/16/2015

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Abandoned Dog Heroically Saves Puppies Lives

Someone thought so little of a South Dallas dog they abandoned him in a park to live in the wild.

03/13/2015

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Mosquitoes Swarming Early In North Texas

The calendar only reads March, but a summer pest is already swarming around North Texas.

03/13/2015

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Controversy Over “Former Fetus” Sign At The State Capitol

The signs delivered to state lawmakers in Austin had a strong message with just two words: Former Fetus. But it wasn’t the message that caused a flap, it was the interaction between two Republican lawmakers about where the sign was hung.

CBS 11–03/11/2015

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North Texans Welcome Recent Rain

The Texas Water Development Board reports Dallas area lakes were up 4.4% as of Monday morning.

03/09/2015

The 2015 Miss Denton County, Jessica Zeller. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Keep Teen From Miss Texas Competition

Jessica Zeller is on her way to the Miss Texas competition and her first pageant was just four months ago. But Zeller isn’t just competing just for crowns. She took the stage to reveal a lifelong secret.

CBS 11–02/26/2015

Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history, served as a Navy SEAL for eight years before stepping down to focus on his wife and children. (Credit: Daniel Penz, KTVT)

VIDEO: Inside “American Sniper” Murder Trial

For the first time, the public is able to hear audio from inside the so-called American Sniper murder trial.

02/25/2015

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Rebuttal Witnesses Testify In Routh Trial

The defense team rested its case on Thursday in the highly-publicized murder trial of Eddie Routh. But testimony is not over yet in the Stephenville courtroom.

02/20/2015

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