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Joel Thomas

Joel Thomas

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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Field Where Burned Body Was Found Is Notorious For Illegal Dumping

Follow CBSDFW.COM: Facebook | Twitter FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) – Wednesday night people who live near the field where a body was dumped and set on fire talked openly about how they’ve been complaining about the […]

CBS 11–09/30/2015

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Neighbors Concerned After Burning Body Found In Nearby Field

An east Fort Worth neighborhood is on edge tonight after a gruesome discovery nearby. Police found a burning body in a field off of Cravens Road late Monday night.

CBS 11–09/29/2015

Incoming Fort Worth Police Department Chief Joel Fitzgerald. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Fort Worth’s New Police Chief Speaks Publicly About New Position

Fort Worth police officers, city staff and elected officials stood behind Joel Fitzgerald applauding and cheering as he talked publicly for the first time at a press conference outside city hall on Monday.

CBS 11–09/28/2015

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Woman Reunited With Family Photos Found By Road Crew

Burleson public works employees thought they were picking up trash in the middle of the road, until they saw what was inside.



Fort Worth To Rebuild Parks For Nearly $1M

Fort Worth has pulled together nearly $900,000 dollars to rebuild neighborhood parks and spark interest in some older neighborhoods.


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Businesses Hoping Romo’s Injury Won’t Break Spirit Of Cowboys Fans

North Texas ticket vendors and businesses are finding out if Tony Romo’s broken collarbone is breaking the spirit of Dallas Cowboys fans.

CBS 11–09/21/2015


RR Crossing Arms Fixed In Garland

Railroad officials say the intersection at 5th and Walnut has had several failures in the past and requires frequent inspections.


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Tarrant Regional Water District Offers Refunds To 3 Cities

The Tarrant Regional Water District is returning more than $4 million dollars to water providers who paid up front for water production that wasn’t needed due to recent rains and falling demand.


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Convention Center Hotel Could Be Coming To Fort Worth

Fort Worth is sending out a request to developers to submit ideas about building a 1,000 room hotel next to it’s convention center in the south end of downtown.


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Faulty Rail Road Crossing Arms Worry DART Passengers

A frustrated DART rider posted video on Twitter of a freight train passing near the Garland DART station downtown with the rail road crossing arms pointed toward the sky and not blocking the road intersection.


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Arlington Ramps Up For Largest Street Improvement Program Ever

The City of Arlington is ramping up the largest street improvement program in its history and Tuesday night people who drive in the city were also being warned that they’ll need patience behind the wheel.

CBS 11–09/08/2015

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PD Searching For Fake Uber Driver Who Picked Up TCU Students

Texas Christian University police are warning students to be on the lookout for a man who is impersonating an Uber driver around the campus.